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Talk On The Street: Is the New Cruise Port Good For Local Tour Operators?

With the recent announcement that the referendum for the port project will be held on December 19th, our reporter took to the streets to gauge the true feelings of some key stakeholders, taxi and tour bus operators, about this situation. The specific question posed was, "Will the new port benefit your taxi/tour operation, or will it be the same as with the existing port?" Below are the responses of 12 individuals, some of whom wished to remain anonymous. Therefore, all of the names have been replaced with pseudonyms, but the ages and citizenship status have been kept.


Timothy, Caymanian, 46:

"I think this dock will be good. It will allow for more tourists to come here.”


Jason, Caymanian, 40:

"Right now, business can get really hard sometimes. I’m hoping that the new port will make it more even throughout the year. At least that’s what the government is telling us will happen.”


Mitzi, Caymanian, 39:

"This port will make a huge difference. It is exactly what we need.”


Lisa, Caymanian, 42:

"There are a million reasons why we should not build this port. It won’t help.”


Christopher, Caymanian, 43:

"Minister Kirkconnell says that the new dock will allow for more high quality passengers to visit on the mega ships. That will mean that they will spend more money on island, and that means more for us.”


Nicola, Caymanian, 33:

"I am afraid that when there are more tourists coming to Cayman that more people will be allowed to have taxi licenses and there will be the same amount of business for each taxi driver as it is now. I think the number of licenses issued needs to be frozen for the first three years after the port is built.”


Marlene, Caymanian, 26:

"I think it will help our situation, but I don’t know how much it will help.”


David, Caymanian, 44:

"If we build the dock, it will bring more people at first, but I think it might cause a lot of people to not come back because the whole place will be too crowded.”


Esther, Caymanian, 31:

"Now I don’t much about a lot, but I know a little about a little. What I know is that it makes sense to build the piers so that the biggest ships can come here. More passengers mean more tours sold.”


Joshua, Caymanian, 31:

“I am conflicted right now. On one hand, I would like to have more people come to visit on cruise ships. On the other hand, though, I worry about that there is no guarantee that they will come, and come consistently.”


Joanna, Caymanian, 48:

“We need the dock, but make no mistake, we don’t need any more taxi drivers or tour bus operators. What we have now can handle whatever total of passengers that the big ships will bring. Government, please don’t go allowing too many new taxi licenses.”


Frank Caymanian, 35:

“I wholeheartedly believe that, in three-years-time, after the dock is built the people who are against it now will see they were wrong. They will admit it is a good thing.”

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Zoe Foster

08 Nov, 2019 01:46 AM

Sadly, and shockingly, not one comment mentions impact to our natural environment - that which in fact feeds us. Lets not rush to kill the goose that lays the golden egg. Execution is key for any project. How can a company involved in the said project provide a proper environmental impact assessment? If there is a better way, we should do everything to find out what that is.

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