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TCI Community College students earn #1 at CTO Conference over other Caribbean entrants



Photo-Tourism Minister Porsha Smith

Photo-Tourism Minister Porsha Smith

Providenciales, 05 Jun 2015 – Just about everywhere you go within the islands these days there are heated debates about the culture of the Turks and Caicos. Sparked by social media forum comments, political cartoons, thought provoking contributions in the House of Assembly, letters to the editors, media news reports and views expressed on call in talk shows… it is all happening as the country counts down to the 40th anniversary of the Junkanoo club Incident and as the country counts a victory and another #1 title.

Tourism & Culture Minister, Hon Porsha Smith said the winning team will arrive home tomorrow after taking the top prize in New York during the CTOs, Caribbean Week. The Turks and Caicos Islands Community College placed first ahead of St. Lucia, who got second; the Bahamas who got third and Jamaica who came in fourth in the Student Colloquium.

That colloquium challenges students to present creative ideas for sustainable tourism projects or business initiatives in the Caribbean. Minister Smith reports that, “judges were very impressed with TCI’s performance stating the presentation was an original, it is one that should garner the attention of the Caribbean Region. All teams were creative, passionate and represented their countries well, however, I must express huge congratulations to team TCI, I am immensely proud of the job in which they’ve done…”

The Minister said it was a collaborative effort with Education, College and Tourism teaming up to shine, most brilliantly at the competition which took place at what Minister Smith called, the largest and most effective event on the Caribbean calendar. It is a celebration of the sights, sounds and unique vacation experiences and business offerings that the region offers.

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From the Source Markets



British Airways Courtesy Call


#TurksandCaicos, December 5, 2023 – Head of Destination Partnerships for British Airways paid a courtesy call to the Ministry of Tourism on Monday, November 27th to give an overview of their destination performance year over year and forward bookings. Left to right in the photo are Marc James, Head of Destination Partnerships for British Airways, Minister of Tourism, the Hon. Josephine Connolly, Mr. Wesley Clerveaux, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and Ms. Stacy Cox, CEO of the Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association (TCHTA).  Also present in the meeting were Mr. Arthur Been, Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Ms. Racquel Brown, Change Manager and Interim CEO, Experience Turks and Caicos, Mr. Avi Adams, Director of the Department of Tourism Regulations, and James McNally President of TCHTA and General Manager of Beaches Resort. Treated to

UK Travel Advisors learn about Turks and Caicos

Travel Advisors in the United Kingdom were treated to a presentation about the Turks and Caicos Islands last week in Windsor, UK. The presentation was aimed at helping them to increase visitation from the UK and Europe. Victoria Crammer, UK Marketing Consultant, spoke to the group about the new non-stop Virgin Atlantic flight from Heathrow, London to Providenciales and played them a five-minute video about the destination. She also showed them images of Providenciales including restaurants and bars. The advisors were Salome Zeeman from Dream 2 Travel, Louise Worsley from Farewise, Annabelle Marshall from Travel Counsellors, Alison Lanson from Travel PA, Sonia Burdin from Worldwide Dream Villas and Iona from Your Holidays..

 Turks and Caicos Islands star in Offshore Travel Magazine and Carib Journal

The Turks and Caicos Islands continue to grab headlines in our source markets. This week we showcase two articles published in the Canadian magazine Offshore and the US-based Carib Journal.

The winter edition of Offshore Travel Magazine featured South Caicos, Grand Turk and Middle and North Caicos. Read the entire article here:

In an article headlined: Travelers keep flocking to the Turks and Caicos Islands, Carib Journal featured our latest air and cruise arrival figures which has surpassed one million from January to October 2023. Read the article here:

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TCI Census making strides; Provo progress slowed to crime



Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer 


#TurksandCaicos, December 5, 2023 – For a second year, criminal activity has had a direct effect on the long-awaited Turks and Caicos Islands Census causing delays, particularly in densely populated communities of Providenciales.

“Providenciales, facing distinctive challenges due to its transient population, periodic serious crimes, and logistical difficulties, reports a completion rate slightly below fifty percent, explained Shirlen Forbes.  Chief Statistician in the Department in response to Magnetic Media.

Forbes went on to detail the issues in the November 27 update to our news organization.

“Multiple factors, including crime, contribute to the low completion rate on Providenciales. Enumerators face safety risks in certain areas with higher crime incidence, creating an atmosphere of insecurity and fear among residents. This has led to hesitations in visiting specific areas or households during periodic surges in violent crime, affecting the overall completion rate.”

The disheartening report emerges following a presentation at Cabinet.

Residents had suspected the unforgiving nature of the criminal element in the Turks and Caicos, known to shoot into crowds, recklessly and callously in an effort to hit their true target had created an unsafe environment.  This unchecked violence has stymied the collection of the much needed information.

In order to fix it the Department admits it needs more time, resources and new strategies.

“It’s essential to recognize that extension to the data collection period is not unique to the Turks and Caicos Islands, as other countries in the region, despite having richer census-taking histories and more resources, have faced similar challenges.”

As for the other islands the prognosis is much better.

Middle Caicos and Salt Cay with their significantly smaller populations and almost crime-free communities stand out with a 100 percent completion rate.  Still, the Department wants more refined data on these islands.

Grand Turk, South Caicos, and North Caicos all have completion rates exceeding 85 percent said Mr. Forbes.  The goal for these islands is to conclude the census by December 2023.

As for Parrot Cay, Pine Cay, Ambergris Cay and West Caicos, which are mainly resort islands, the completion is expected within the next two weeks,

Chief Statistician, Shirlen Forbes said while the progress on all islands outside of Providenciales is commendable, his office is also hoping to funnel quality data to the government

“While completion rates signify progress, the importance of data quality cannot be overstated. High completion rates don’t guarantee accurate data if the collection is rushed or incomplete. Ensuring data accuracy and quality is imperative for the overall success of the census.”

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Bahamas went into COP28 with BIG GOALS in mind



Rashaed Esson

Staff Writer 

#TheBahamas, December 5, 2023 – The Bahamas government highlighted its intentions for the upcoming Cop28 conference which includes taking part in the negotiation process, advancing investment programmes and the launching of major projects.

According to Dr. Rochell Newbold, Climate Advisor, for  negotiations, there are three potential outputs the country is looking to follow and they include loss and damage, the technical assistance that will be offered to countries within the loss and damage space and following up on the issues of global stocktake.

For the loss and damage fund, she speaks to the efforts of small island developing states since Cop27, to enhance matters relevant to the loss and damage fund.

This intention, that is to encourage dialogue around this issue, comes as there are geopolitical issues going on globally and global finances are going to those issues and not to global issues of climate change.

In fact, referring to actual statistics, she expressed that in as little as a few months, more than $200 billion dollars were raised and distributed to the issue of war and yet, for years there has been talks around $100 billion needed to address the climate agreement.

For issues of investment opportunities, opportunities which Newbold says would bring great success for The Bahamas, she referred to a current investment project in the country that is a financial grant to address energy and water needs on nine islands within the archipelago, which they are looking to expand.

Furthermore, at Cop28, The Bahamas will launch its BlueCo Caribbean project, driving the blue economy and investment strategy, Newbold said.

This program comes after a regional meeting last year where it was highlighted that the region needs a program to address the needs of island states as well as the fact that less than 0.1 percent of global investments go to the marine environment.

Regarding global stock take, it addresses everything related to the world’s position on climate action and support, identifying the gaps, and working to chart a better course forward to accelerate climate action, according to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Additionally, Newbold made another revelation that they will be unveiling The Bahamas Sustainable Investment programme, which has been worked on since Cop 27.

Described as a sleek and tactical delegation, the advisor said  less than 20 people will be attending Cop28 including the Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister with Responsibility for Energy and Transportation.

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