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Cayman to host aviation day

Tourism 17 Aug, 2022 Follow News

Dr John-Paul Clarke

Marla Dukharan

Julian Rogers

The Cayman Islands will soon host the annual International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) fourth Caribbean Aviation Day. Some of the most respected professionals in the industry will attend.

Marla Dukharan, economist and leading advisor on the Caribbean, Dr John-Paul Clarke, professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Peter Cerdá, IATA’s Regional Vice-President for the Americas and Julian Rogers, Managing Director of the Jamaica Observer, will join Kenneth Bryan, Minister for Tourism and Transport along with other senior members of various Caribbean governments at the highly anticipated event.

Caribbean Aviation Day is set for Wednesday 14 Sept. and is one of the activities surrounding the week of events which also includes the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s (CTO) Council of Members meeting, Youth Congress and Destination Briefings. The Caribbean Aviation Day is at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman and is open to the public. Tickets are US$150 with a discounted resident rate of US$50.

Dukharan and Rogers will be moderators for discussions on the topics ‘Transforming Regional connectivity and the Role of the Private Sector in Financing Intra-Regional Travel’ and ‘Multi-Destination Tourism’ respectively.

Dr Clarke has consulted for airlines, airports, original equipment manufacturers, and IT solution providers throughout his career. He is a member of the NASA Advisory Council and the current Deputy Chair for the Cayman Airways Board of Directors. He is on the panel discussing the ‘Challenges and Priorities for Air Transport in the Caribbean’.

These events will be hosted by Bryan who will address conference goers as the keynote speaker.

 “I am delighted to announce that the Cayman Islands will play host to some of the most esteemed experts in the Caribbean and Americas for this conference, like Dr Clarke and Ms Dukharan,” Bryan said. “It is an honour to be among some of the most respected industry influencers and to offer the keynote address on behalf of the people of these islands.”

 The day’s activities consist of panel discussions, fireside chats and a ministerial roundtable discussion on ‘Maximising the Social and Economic value of Aviation in the Caribbean’. The roundtable will feature Christopher Saunders, Deputy Premier (Cayman Islands), Chester Cooper, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, (Bahamas), Denise Charles, Minister for Tourism, (Dominica) and Anthony Mahler, Minister of Tourism (Belize).

Cerdá leads an international team seeking to make the air transport industry safer, more secure, efficient and profitable. He said: “I am hopeful that we will come away with new ideas, strengthened alliances and with the best solutions which benefit the region as a whole.”

More than a dozen accredited journalists from the UK, US, Canada, and the Caribbean have been invited to attend the week of activities.

 “This event arrives at a pivotal juncture for the Caribbean, especially as the region confronts the challenges of air travel and the sustainability of the tourism sector, in the wake of the last two years,” said Neil Walters, CTO’s Acting Secretary General.


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