Premier Dr Natalio Wheatley is currently away from the territory attending a Caribbean Tourism Organisation event in the Cayman Islands and thereafter to the United Kingdom for the Queen’s funeral.
The Caribbean Tourism Organization’s Cayman Event 2022 will be held from September 12 to 20.
The conference will be the first major in-person event programme for the CTO. The event is expected to be attended by Ministers of CTO member countries, Directors of Tourism, senior executives, media, and regional students who participated in the Caribbean Youth Congress as well as international aviation experts.
With the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, the status of the conference was up in the air, but the CTO announced the events will proceed as scheduled with some minor adjustments. Nonetheless, the adjustments are not expected to affect the Destination Media Briefings, CTO Business Meetings, Caribbean Aviation Day, and Regional Youth Congress.
Following the conclusion of the event, the Premier will join Governor John Rankin
in the UK for the funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
The funeral will be held on September 19, at 11 am at Westminster Abbey. The historic church, with a capacity for 2,000 people, was the setting for Queen Elizabeth’s marriage to Prince Phillip in 1947, and for all but two British coronations since 1066.
The funeral is expected to be attended by numerous world leaders.
During his absence, Deputy Premier Kye Rymer has been appointed to act and carry out the duties of the Premier and Minister of Finance.