The scholarship program to support unemployed tourism workers in Cayman Islands affected by the COVID-19 pandemic continues under the leadership of the PACT government, according to an announcement by Tourism Minister Kenneth Bryan at the new government’s first press conference.

Currently, 3,371 people are receiving the scholarship, and for many of them it is their only means of income while the borders remain closed.

At the end of January of this year, then Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell announced that the government would extend the program until June 2021. In February, then Treasury Secretary Roy McTaggart announced that it would increase the tourism grant from $ 1,000 per month to $ 1,500 per month.

“Since assuming this role as Minister of Tourism, I have heard numerous concerns about the end of the scholarship program. I would like to assure all recipients that these rumors are false and I can confirm that the PACT administration is expanding and expanding the program The length of time as to the number of months that the grants will continue is still under review and further announcements will be made on this once the decision is made, “said Bryan.

To qualify for the scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Caymanian, Residency and Employment Rights Certificate (RERC; married to a Caymanian) or permanent resident
  • Worked in the tourism sector
  • No longer working full time

“The PACT administration recognizes the enormous burden this health crisis is placing on our tourism workers who have lost their jobs,” said Minister Bryan.