Invention Convention

The Cayman First Classroom of the Month for June puts the focus on CIS’s Invention Convention. Third graders at Cayman International School are given a problem to solve and tasked with inventing a solution as well as presenting that invention to their peers.  Since our youngsters are being trained for jobs that don’t even exist, the focus on teaching them to use processes and critical thinking skills to problem solve with a dash of public speaking seems like a pretty good bet.


Filled with the sound of music

Our Cayman First Classroom of the Month shows just what can become when you truly have a passion and pursue it Ian Emerson’s dream of a Youth Orchestra has gone from idea to reality, offering a free program for students from any school with the talent and drive. Congratulations! The Cayman First Classroom of the Month for January 2019. #caymanlifetv

Affordable Residential Development Seeks to Meet Local Market Demands

George Town, Grand Cayman: 19 North Development Company Ltd. (“19 North”), a new affordable for-sale residential development in the Cayman Islands, recently launched its pre-sales initiative to resounding response. Pre-sales opened to the public in December 2018 through a digital-led whisper campaign, and only 20 of the development’s 75 apartments are still available for purchase. 

Located along the northern stretch of Esterly Tibbetts Highway, just west of the Dart Nursery, the new residential community boasts five acres of land for its 75 units, which are laid out across three buildings. Ranging from one- to three-bedroom apartments, homes start from only CI$212,000.

Working with Cayman Islands-based architect Pedro Theye of Elegant Design and local construction firm Thistle Cayman, who have managed large-scale development projects including Boggy Sands Club and Margaritaville Beach Resort Grand Cayman, 19 North has been intelligently designed with its future residents in mind. The development’s three apartment blocks are centred around ample outdoor facilities and communal gathering spaces that create a balance of style and purpose; combining high living standards and plentiful amenities with an affordable price point.

Apartments range from 400 to 1,175 square feet and all feature balconies overlooking the property’s gardens and public spaces, high ceilings, modern finishings, and open-plan interior layouts with exceptional functionality. Future residents will also have access to a state-of-the-art gym, 60’ pool and dedicated barbeque area, as well as extensive gardens featuring native trees and shaded pavilions for outdoor recreation and activities.

Director of 19 North, Jonathan Murphy, explained how the development will meet demand in the local property market. “We understand from talking to a number of local businesses that there is a lack of quality, affordable housing solutions that are conveniently located for their employees. With a pipeline of projects that will serve to booster Cayman’s tourist and service industries, there will be continued pressure on the residential market to provide viable housing options for both locals and expats. Communities like 19 North, on the Seven Mile Beach corridor, aim to fill this void by providing a convenient and competitively priced solution for first-time homeowners and renters alike.”  

For many of its future residents, 19 North will also offer unparalleled monthly rental rates in a sought-after rental property location. It is in close proximity to shopping amenities in The Republix West Bay Plaza and popular restaurants within Morgan’s Harbour and the Cayman Islands Yacht Club, and benefits from excellent transportation links to Camana Bay and George Town. The new community will also bring repeat customers to these and other local businesses in West Bay and create local construction job opportunities.

The development is on schedule to break ground in March 2019 and be ready for residents to move in by April 2020. Details of the development will continue to be released as construction progresses. For more information on purchasing at 19 North visit, www.19north.ky or contact sales@19north.ky. To keep up-to date with the latest project happenings, follow 19 North on Facebook (www.facebook.com/19northky) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/19northky).      

Curio Collection by Hilton Expands Presence in Caribbean with Signing of Hilton’s First Hotel in the Cayman Islands

Set to open in 2021, the hotel reinforces Hilton’s growth in the Caribbean

GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands and MCLEAN, Va. – February 20, 2019Hilton (NYSE: HLT) announces the signing of an agreement for a new Curio Collection by Hilton property in the Cayman Islands with NCB Group. Scheduled to open in 2021, the new-build 80-room hotel will usher in a new era of upper upscale accommodations focusing on sustainability and wellness, incorporating renewable and energy-efficient technologies throughout the property.

“As tourist arrivals in the Caribbean continue to increase, we have prioritized the region in our larger expansion efforts with Hilton’s first property in Grand Cayman,” said Juan Corvinos, vice president, development, Latin America and the Caribbean, Hilton. “In partnership with NCB Group, we are working toward embodying a retreat that caters to the needs of today’s discerning travelers that prioritize wellness while at home and abroad.”

Situated on the edge of George Town, the beachfront hotel boasts 80 suites with spacious floorplans ranging from one to three bedrooms, which will also be available for purchase. Each suite will feature energy-efficient technologies, in-room yoga mats and fitness equipment, and lighting that regulates circadian rhythm. Travelers will also be able to opt for executive and penthouse suites with premier private pools.

“We are elated to be partnering with an industry leader like Hilton and have the opportunity to introduce this internationally renowned, global hospitality company to the Cayman Islands,” said Matthew Wight, Managing Director of NCB Group. “It’s an honor that our hotel was selected to be a part of this exclusive collection of one-of-a-kind, independent hotels and resorts that are all celebrated for their individuality. Through this alliance we will be delivering an innovative wellness tourism product that also caters to the discerning business traveler.”

Guests will enjoy farm-to-table dining at two of the property’s restaurants and poolside café, offering local seafood, fresh produce, organic wines and craft cocktails. With a fully-equipped gym, rejuvenating spa and conference facilities, the hotel will also provide guests with a refreshing swimming pool complete with a swim-up bar and a fresh juice bar. The hotel will also have electric vehicle rentals and complimentary bicycles for eco-conscious guests to ride along and enjoy Grand Cayman’s Seven Mile Beach.

“On the heels of our record-breaking arrivals in 2018, as a destination we must continue to meet the demand for luxury accommodations such as what the Hilton brand will now provide,” Hon. Minister of Tourism, Mr. Moses Kirkconnell.  “The ministry is committed to sustainably grow capacity and values the efforts of partners such as NCB Group who have embraced the Caymankind approach to tourism development. This property will brighten the tourism activity in the heart of George Town and we welcome this new hotel brand to our island.”  

Mrs. Rosa Harris, Director of the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism shared: “It’s important for the destination to welcome accommodations that will provide exceptional experiences such as those offered by the Curio Collection by Hilton. Having a one-of-a-kind boutique property with wellness-focused offerings in our capital aligns with key segments of our visitor demographic and the strategic vision for tourism in the Cayman Islands. The property will be a welcome addition to room inventory and will further enhance our diverse product offerings and accommodations sector.”

As a successful developer of sustainable residential communities, beachfront condos and commercial buildings, NCB Group is continuing its commitment in the design and operation of the hotel with sustainability at the core of the project. Renewable energy, environmental considerations and energy efficient mechanical, electrical and plumbing elements are intelligently integrated. Solar panels, geothermal cooling, water recycling, SMART building management systems, LED lighting, and solar water heating will also be introduced to significantly reduce operating costs, lower the reliance on the electrical grid and reduce the carbon footprint.

The hotel will be a part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 16 distinct hotel brands. Members who book directly have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount, free standard Wi-Fi and the Hilton Honors mobile app.

Hilton currently has a portfolio of nearly 150 hotels and resorts open and welcoming travelers in 25 countries across the Caribbean and Latin America. The company is actively pursuing additional growth opportunities and currently has a robust development pipeline of more than 80 hotels throughout the region.

Units are now available for sale and interested buyers can contact Tania Knapik (tknapik@ncbgroup.ky, 345.946.9622) at NCB Group for detailed information on pricing and availability. For more information about the Curio Collection by Hilton brand, please visit newsroom.hilton.com/curio.


About NCB Group

NCB is one of Cayman’s premier residential and commercial developers. Established in 2001, by Naul Bodden, the company’s goal was focused on not just building homes but on creating communities and commercial spaces that thrive and remain self-sufficient long after the developer has moved on. With nine distinct service lines including; Design, Development, Construction, Project Management, Property Services, Plumbing, Electrical and Geothermal Cooling, NCB provides a comprehensive and vertically integrated solution to building. The company’s most recent successful developments include Cypress Pointe North, TIDES, SOLARA and its off-grid commercial development – Cayman Technology Centre. With a commitment to sustainability and renewable energy, NCB prides itself on building with Cayman’s Future In Mind. For more information on NCB Group visit: www.ncbgroup.ky or visit them on LinkedIn, Instagram or Facebook.

About Curio Collection by Hilton

Curio Collection by Hilton is an upper-upscale, global portfolio of more than 65 one-of-a-kind hotels and resorts. Curio Collection properties appeal to travelers seeking unexpected and authentic experiences, and the benefits of Hilton’s award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors. Read the latest brand and hotel stories at newsroom.hilton.com/curio; discover Curio Collection destinations through the eyes of locals with 48-hour itineraries at citiesbycurio.com; determine what kind of traveler you are by taking the curiosity quiz; and connect with Curio Collection on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

About Hilton

Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 16 world-class brands comprising more than 5,600 properties with nearly 913,000 rooms, in 113 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company, Hilton earned a spot on the 2018 world’s best workplaces list, and has welcomed more than 3 billion guests in its nearly 100 year history. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors, more than 85 million members who book directly with Hilton have access to instant benefits, including digital check-in with room selection, Digital Key, and Connected Room. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information, and connect with Hilton on Facebook, TwitterLinkedInInstagram and YouTube

2018 YCLA Finalist Wilbur Welcome

Wilbur Welcome is a Senior Policy Analyst in the Ministry of Financial Services and is happily married to Shari Welcome. Prior to joining the Ministry Wilbur held the position of Senior Analyst at the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority. Wilbur is originally from Bodden Town, and now resides in the peaceful district of East End and is an active member of the William Pouchie Memorial United Church, in North Side.

He is an Elder and Treasurer of the William Pouchie Memorial United Church; he also serves as the Sunday school superintendent, co-founder and program coordinator of the Anchors Christian Boys Club, member of New Direction Male Choir, and an executive on the Men’s Fellowship of the William Pouchie Memorial United Church.

He is also an alumnus of the Chamber of Commerce Leadership Cayman program. Throughout his life Wilbur has demonstrated strong community spirit, assisting with Vacation Bible School and sports days under the United Church, and participated in national and local club football.

His interests include farming, fishing, travel, sports, photography, the arts, and history. Wilbur holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting with a concentration in Finance from North Carolina State University and earned his MBA at Campbell University.