#TurksandCaicos, March 14, 2018 – Grand Turk – The Ministry of Tourism in commemoration of Women’s International Day 2018 under the theme “Press for Progress”; Minister of Tourism, Hon. Ralph Higgs along with staff paid tribute to Mrs. Tina Fenimore for her immeasurable contribution not only to tourism but national development. Mrs. Fenimore was the first local, female hotelier on the Island of Grand Turk and instrumental in both the Grand Turk and Providenciales Chambers of Commerce.
Her dreams turning the Turks and Caicos Islands into a tourism destination is truly seen today. Her actions were a part of the engine that still assists in driving the local economy; The business provided employment for a number of residents and saw countless guests. Mrs. Fenimore mentored and trained many local employees, allowing for direct socio-economic injection to the community. She also operated a travel agency, T & C Travel, along with other tourism related businesses since the early 70’s through 90’s.
Minister, Hon. Higgs commented; “It is an honor and pleasure to recognize Mrs. Fenimore for her unselfish contribution to the tourism industry, she has always been a champion for our destination since its modern infancy. She has historically promoted the Turks and Caicos, which we are grateful for; especially today. We are happy to highlight the accomplishment of women in the various sectors as their efforts have paved the way for the empowerment of women in leadership across every sphere.”
There are many women, past and present who have played key roles in developing our tourism industry. The sustained growth over the years is testament to their ingenuity and involvement. The Turks and Caicos Islands is truly a place of gender equality as women play leading roles at the executive level. As we pay special recognition to accomplished women, we must be mindful of young aspiring women who seek to follow their lead in breaking through glass ceilings.
Let us thank God for all he has given as we reflect on all accomplishments of women throughout the country; the Ministry of Tourism, Environment, Heritage, Maritime and Gaming extend best wishes to the hardworking women across the globe for a Happy International Women’s day!