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CTC’s Chief Sales Officer, Mr. Raymond Hydes, has been appointed as the Cayman Islands Tourism Association (CITA’S)’s Director of Cruise.
Mr. Hydes joined the Cayman Turtle Centre in May 2004 during its construction phase, as Civil Works Coordinator. Once the park opened in 2006 he was promoted to Tour Operations Manager and further promoted in 2010 to Chief Sales Officer, with responsibility for Cruise Line Partnerships, Tour Operations, and Customer Service, along with the Retail and Food & Beverage departments.
With over 30 years of tourism industry experience in the Cayman Islands, Mr. Hydes’ career began in the mid-1980s when he worked as an assistant manager for Payless Car Rental. He then joined forces with his brother, and together they formed their own company, purchasing the Thrifty Car Rental franchise in 1993. Raymond Hydes served as Managing Director until the business was sold in 2003.
Managing Director of Cayman Turtle Centre, Mr. Tim Adam, commended Mr. Hydes, saying:
“This Directorship is an excellent achievement for Raymond, and acknowledges his breadth and depth of expertise in the cruise industry in Cayman. Raymond maintains very frequent and often daily contact directly with many of the cruise lines. Over the many years he has been in this job he has successfully negotiated countless shore excursion deals that involve the cruise lines and various tourism industry partners in Cayman spanning ground transportation contractors, tour boat providers, independent tour operators, other land-based attractions, and the relevant local authorities. His creativity, knowledge and experience in putting together winning bids for excursions that provide combo tours to various sites in addition to our Cayman Turtle Centre, will enable him to be an excellent representative for all of the CITA Members that are engaged in the cruise tourism industry which is a vital component of our country’s economic success and which economists have revealed provides employment to over four thousand people in our nation.”
Mr Hydes was thrilled to be offered the opportunities and challenges associated with the new position, commenting, “This appointment comes as an honour, not only because of my ability to provide tangible effectiveness, but also because it is an opportunity to provide experiential tools and a new inclusive approach to the industry that I have worked in for over 30 years. I am also looking forward to becoming a ‘voice of change,’ for industry stakeholders.”