Million dollar boat run set to boost already promising tourism figures for 2011 in the Cayman Islands.

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On April 25th the Cayman Islands will host one of the most exciting speed boat races in the world; the prestigious Ugland Offshore Million Dollar Boat Run.

Ugland Offshore Racing Boat

The beautiful Cayman Islands are to host the 9th annual Ugland Offshore million dollar boat run on April 25th. With excellent tourism arrival figures recorded for the first quarter of the year, this premier water sporting event, held over Easter, is just one of many attractions that continue to add to the Cayman Islands reputation as a top beach and sun vacation destination.

The popular million dollar boat run features the Cayman Islands most impressive speed boats and is billed as one of the most exciting speed boat racing events of the year for participants and spectators alike. And to follow tradition, celebrations will start well before the race day with both teams and spectators taking part in the festivities. Organized by Ugland Offshore Racing and Dragon Bay Grand Cayman, this challenging and highly contested event offers generous cash prizes to the best performing speed boats of the day and participants are required to complete the off shore course six times for a total of 45 miles racing.

The course runs along the famous award winning Seven Mile Beach and strategic spectator locations along this perfect coastal stretch allows for spectacular views of the high-speed race. The route takes competitors up the Seven Mile Beach, onto to the Northwest Point and south toward the Thompson mooring in George Town making a final turn and heading back to Royal Palms.

Event co-founder, Kenny Rankin is thrilled with the success of the Million Dollar Run and is preparing for a very exciting event this year, “Each year one of our main objectives has been to involve spectators and race crews more in the race. With the course now being on Seven Mile Beach it really opens up the event to appeal to a much larger audience and a wider variety of people,” he said.

The prosperous Cayman Islands, also recognized as the world’s fifth largest financial centre, have long been regarded as the ultimate luxury vacation destination and the appropriately named Million Dollar Run is a fitting event for one of the most beautiful locations in the Caribbean.

With an ever growing tourism industry, the Cayman Islands receive over 2 million tourists every year. Tourism figures for the Cayman Islands show 56,356 recorded air arrivals for the months of January and February of 2011 an 8% increase compared to last year. The majority of tourists who visit the Cayman Islands are from the Northeast of the United States and the United Kingdom.

Located in the Western Caribbean, these paradise islands of Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac boast pristine turquoise waters, ribbons of white sandy beaches and prime diving and snorkelling sites. The USS Kittiwake, a former United States Navy submarine is now an underwater diving attraction which has further added to the Cayman Islands popularity.

In terms of accommodation Cayman Island vacation rentals prove to be a popular choice for not only vacationing families but also business professionals. Cayman Island villas have become well known for their exclusive coastal locations.

The majority of Cayman Islands vacation rentals are of grand design. Recognizing the importance of providing a home away from home, Cayman Island rentals boast top of the range kitchen facilities, high speed internet access as well as satellite television not to mention spectacular swimming pools and ocean views.

“Our clients appreciate the unique qualities of the Cayman Islands and prefer vacation rentals over hotel accommodation. Our portfolio of Cayman Island Villas comes with the added benefit of a top class concierge service,” said Sara Hopkins, an Escape Villas spokesperson.

Escape Villas offers exclusive rental properties the Cayman Islands and has been in operation for over ten years. They attribute their success to the incorporation of a wide range of concierge services and a vast portfolio of top end villas in the Cayman Islands. “Experienced chefs, chauffeur services and tour programming are just some of the benefits of an Escape Villas rental property, but it really is all about the location.” confirmed Hopkins.

The reputation of the Cayman Islands has been further exemplified with the results of the Caribbean’s official tourism magazine. In the February 2011 publication of the Caribbean Travel & Life Magazine, the Annual reader’s choice poll collected opinions from over 250,000 readers. The beautiful Seven Mile Beach, the located on Grand Cayman and the site of the Million Dollar Boat Run in April , was voted the best beach in the Caribbean.

Shomari Scott, the Director of Tourism for the Cayman Islands explains, “While our beaches and underwater environment are undoubtedly world-class, Cayman also has a very compelling, very unique personality. Cayman is one of the most vibrant, contemporary, continually-evolving societies in the Caribbean with a worldly, welcoming and successful personality that, when combined with our natural beauty, creates a story that no other vacation destination can match.”

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