Nestled in the West Caribbean sea, the Cayman Islands is a popular tourist destination and home to some of the world's best beaches. The World Travel Awards, a prestigious international award society, designated the Cayman Islands as the Caribbean's leading dive destination, ending a profitable year for the group of islands.
Established in 1993, the World Travel Awards receives nominations in hundreds of categories for each region, including the Caribbean. Among the islands' Caribbean competitors were Jamaica, Saint Lucia, and the Bahamas, none of which earned the distinction of being the Caribbean's top diving location.
In addition to the clear blue waters of the Cayman Islands, there is much to behold underwater for divers. The World Travel Awards chose the Cayman Islands' majestic underwater environment as the most pristine in the area, featuring expansive coral reefs, rare fish, and multiple famous shipwrecks. Once occupied by pirates and exiles, the Cayman Islands has been one of divers' favorite spots to find artifacts and sunken treasure.
Investors are also taking notice of the Cayman Islands, and not simply for the tax benefits. According to Compass Cayman, the islands are well-equipped with accommodations, exceptional experiences, and breathtaking beauty. Considered well-positioned for growth in the coming decade, the Cayman Islands plans to welcome investors to the 2015 Alternative Investment Summit taking place this week.
Despite reports from the Jamaican Observer that banks based in the Cayman Islands are being sued by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the area's major industry -- tourism -- continues to thrive and attract investors. With the spring and summer seasons approaching, residents of the Cayman Islands hope to draw in new investors who want to take commerce on the islands to the next level.
According to Cayman Reporter, the Cayman Islands leaped into 2015 with numerous awards for its natural beauty, accommodations, and attractions from print and online publications. Treasured as an optimal location for vacations, pristine beaches, and photo opportunities, the Cayman Islands is noted to be among the top vacation destinations. As reported by Inquisitr in 2014, the Cayman Islands is among the top destinations for couples, families, and anyone wanting to escape the bustle of everyday life.
With an average of 30,000 tourists visiting the Cayman Islands each month, the area is growing as a popular travel destination. The World Travel Awards has not yet determined which Caribbean nations will prevail in 2015. However, communities that call the Cayman Islands home are hopeful for another win.