Most Read Contributor in Cayman Islands, September 2016
The Cayman Islands Government is considering whether it would be
beneficial to adopt Daylight Savings Time (DST) – the
practice of adjusting clocks one hour forward during the longer
summer months, and back again in the fall – and is inviting
the public to give their views on the subject.
'The move to DST has potential benefits for the traditional
pillars of our economy – tourism and financial services',
said Minister of Commerce Wayne Panton.
For tourism, he noted that DST would increase the time that
cruise ships are in port; stimulate shopping and dining
experiences; and make it easier for some visitors to adapt to local
For financial services, he said the move would put Cayman more
in sync with its large client base in New York; and eliminate some
discrepancies in travel schedules, which will simplify business
DST has been in use for more than 100 years, and was first
introduced by Germany as a fuel-saving measure during World War I.
Today, about 80 countries and territories around the world have
some observation of DST. Regionally, Bermuda and the Bahamas are
examples of similar countries that have found it beneficial.
The discussion on DST's advantages or disadvantages
typically focuses on energy use, public safety, health, economic
effects, and inconvenience.
The public is encouraged to read Government's consultation
paper, and to take the online survey titled 'Daylight Savings
Time', on www.dci.gov.ky, under 'New Developments'. The
consultation period ends on Thursday, 30 October.
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