Only you’re double booked.
But thankfully Young Travel Writer of the Year Melanie May was free to fill in.
And it’s a question I have often been asked is my process in running a team of writers to travel the world.
I would often be accused of favouritism to which I would gladly plead guilty.
It’s just that I would always reward ability and attitude.
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I could always tell what kind of job somebody would do by their response to assignments.
If they referred to the commission as a junket they immediately put me offside.
I would always seek out and receive feedback from the holiday providers on how they conducted themselves.
Respect and gratitude should be a given but tales are legend in Travel of writers who go all along for the journey.
And try to ditch the party or refuse to take part in the activities.
Melanie has always been a dream, going that extra mile on a brief.
I could always tell too how good a piece was if I could nail a headline within a few paragraphs.
And so with the Cayman Islands I quickly fell upon Paradise Capers.
A positive spin on something we all associate the Caymans with… a tax haven.
The Caymans clearly preserve their status as a seductive destination because of their good management and planning.
Which is why I’m not surprised but obviously delighted that the Caymans have now set out a five-point plan for full reopening in 2022.
Minister for Tourism and Transport, Hon. Kenneth Bryan fills us in.
“My colleagues and I in government have worked tirelessly to develop this phased approach in preparation for the opening of our borders to international travellers.
“And we are pleased to announce the wait for paradise is almost over!
“Our guests will appreciate the impactful developments and enhancements we’ve made to the destination – surely proving that Cayman is worth the wait.”
West Indians are famous for their welcome and accessibility the world over.
Which is why Government ministers are expected to be at hand for their people.
And so can be expected to be at the cricket in Barbados (in shorts and polo shirt though maybe don’t do that, Boris).
Or finish off their rum punch on the Anguilla beach to make your Zoom meeting.
And so the Cayman Minister for Tourism is making himself available to us travel professionals to speak individually with him.
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I’ll share with you, as always happens in the Caribbean, the chat, our chat.
But just to put out some further good news,
Quarantine requirements will be removed for all securely verified, fully vaccinated travellers on October 14.
Which is phase four, and the real game changer for us.
Of course you can only truly get a proper flavour of Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac.
And there are four direct flights from Heathrow to Grand Cayman this autumn/winter.
So what does Caymankind offer?
There’s the Seven Mile Beach (self-explanatory really), the iconic Stingray City Sand Bar, the Cayman Caves.
And what I know my own green-fingered goddess will appreciate, stunning orchid gardens.’
I’m a great believer in never allowing an opportunity to pass you by.
And that means going back to ask again.
Which I’ll certainly do when I speak to the Cayman Minister for Tourism about Caymankind Paradise Capers.