Montego Bay, Jamaica; 9th November 2015; Sandals Resorts International’s Chief Executive Officer continued his award-winning year after being named Caribbean Personality of the Year at the International Caribbean World Travel & Living Awards.
In its 21st year, the International Caribbean World Travel & Living Awards have become the Oscars of the Caribbean, recognising excellence in Travel, Tourism and Real Estate throughout the region and is voted for by the magazine and its readers with special awards given by the magazine at its discretion. Previous years’ guests of honour include HRH Princess Katarina,
Sir Trevor McDonald OBE and Hollywood film producer Michael Winner.
“Being recognised by such an illustrious title such as Caribbean World and its readers is a tremendous honour for my team and I. At Sandals, we work hard to be the best, to be different and for people outside of our company to not just notice it but commend it is both deeply humbling and satisfying. We will we use this award, and others like it, as our inspiration to continue to set the bar for hospitality in the Caribbean and beyond.”
For Stewart, this latest accolade comes fresh on the heels of being named the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s Hotelier of the Year for 2015 last month as well as the Jamaica Hotel and Tourism Association’s Hotelier of the Year for 2014/2015 earlier in the year.
After almost a decade of Stewart’s stewardship, Sandals continues to follow a trajectory of exhilarating growth that has been marked with new resorts, new islands as well as industry changing innovation and development. Stewart’s leadership has transformed the all-inclusive concept to Luxury Included® resorts that offer guests levels of exclusivity never seen before. Aside from Stewart’s personal triumphs, it caps an extraordinary month that saw the company being named the World’s Leading Luxury All-Inclusive brand at the World Travel Awards last month. The company collected 17 awards in addition to receiving the notable recognition of Caribbean’s Leading Hotel Brand for the 22nd consecutive year.
The company has exciting plans afoot with 10 breath-taking new developments in the pipeline including new resorts and the entry into new territories in the Caribbean.
BTC marks World Tourism Day 2022 with TCICC
PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos Islands: Students from almost 10 schools in Providenciales were given an opportunity to rediscover the Turks and Caicos Islands through the eyes of a tourist as the Turks and Caicos Community College and Beaches Turks and Caicos (BTC) resort partnered to observe World Tourism Day 2022 at the institution’s campus.
Even as the students were given a front-row seat to the variety of offerings that the leading all-inclusive family resort had to offer the thousands of visitors to its shores annually they also explored the numerous employment opportunities available in the tourism industry.
The career day-styled tourism showcase event saw members from the BTC’s watersports, food and beverage, entertainment, Red Lane Spa®, human resources, and the learning and development departments highlighting the multitude of offerings for guests at the resort while shining an important light on the opportunities and the viability of building a career with the resort.
In sharing the variety of the career offerings at the resort, general manager James McAnally shared, “Beaches Turks and Caicos welcomes thousands of visitors each year and our team is dedicated to providing them with a memorable visit based on the numerous offerings from watersports to the multitude of dining options. On the other side, our resort also provides a complete career package for individuals in different areas on their professional journey. We also continuously provide training for every team member in order to allow them to achieve their ultimate career goals, particularly but not limited to being industry leaders. Partnerships like this with the Community College are a part of our tourism in schools initiative across our brands.”
The leader of the almost 2,000 Beaches Turks & Caicos team members on the island of Providenciales lauded his team for the tremendous leadership values in helping to train the students who are welcomed each year as part of the resort’s summer internship programme. “We continue to welcome almost 200 students annually as part of our internship programme; many of whom have found fulfilling employment with us. Our training programmes are geared towards lifting those we employ to a world class standard that enables them develop to their fullest potential within the industry,” McAnally added.
Chair of the faculty of Hospitality and Tourism department at the Community College, Michelle Hosten shared that, “Tourism for the TCI is arguably the main source of income for the residents of this archipelago. The objective for this event is primarily to bring awareness to the minds of our young people. The programme offerings that we have here at TCICC are geared towards providing tertiary training with a practical perspective whereby our students are given the real-world experience of the industry.”
“Each year, we continue to receive tremendous support from Beaches Turks and Caicos to provide an avenue for our students to be trained in the industry through the internship programme. Within our associate’s degree programme, we provide hospitality management, tourism management and culinary arts. BTC has allowed our students from all these areas receive hands-on training extensively, to receive a practical component to their theoretical knowledge,” Hosten shared.
Fifth form student from the Clement Howell High school Gerdly Lundy when asked about her experience at the event shared, “My classmates and I have learnt that we can’t expect to reach the head of the industry without ensuring that we have an established foundation. Our school has formed a partnership with Beaches Turks and Caicos which allows our senior students to have internship experiences at the resort. Seeing the different teams from BTC here today was refreshing as they have shown us as students, that there are many career opportunities available within the company and in the industry.”
Owenta Coleby, human resources manager at BTC added, “Our team at the seminar led by Antoinette Thomas, recruitment and compliance specialist ensured that the information needed to make informed career decisions was readily available. The team of leaders shared with those in attendance the value of choosing the right career within this industry and to know that joining the Beaches Turks and Caicos team will be the best career decision that they could make.”
Facilitator of the Tourism Club at the Clement Howell High and Social Studies teacher, Rebecca Shaw explained the value of having the students participate in the event. “Our students are being groomed not only to be employees, but to create employment for themselves. The tourism industry is such a dynamic field that it will allow them to be exposed to the different aspects of what the industry has to offer and to create their own niche within the sector. The partnership with Beaches Turks and Caicos has shown tremendous growth over the years as the resort continues to open its doors to allow our students the experience in the many areas of the industry.”
Antoinette Thomas closed by adding, “Being able to share practical demonstrations with these students about some of the offerings that we have at the resort was refreshing for them. They were able to have that opportunity to interact with professionals from the different departments, some of which are not often viewed as traditional tourism career areas. With BTC, we allow continuous training for all our team members, not only within the local region but also at our other resorts in other islands in the Caribbean region. We believe in development of all our team members as we inspire them to become the best within their particular vocation.”
Release: Beaches Resorts
Header: Antoinette Thomas, Recruitment and Compliance Specialist (right) presents a gift to a student from Shining Stars Preparatory School at the World Tourism Day 2022 the TCICC
1st insert: Andrea Brown, (left)Chef at BTC shares a pastry with a member of the public at the World Tourism Day 2022 with Eric ‘Fortune Cookie’ Johnson (centre) Sous Chef at the resort looks on
2nd insert: BTC Watersport Manager Mark Henley shares diving tip with some students at the TCICC World Tourism Day 2022
IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR FLOW CUSTOMERS IN GRAND TURK, SALT CAY, SOUTH CAICOS, NORTH & MIDDLE CAICOS
Home Internet customers to receive special 2-month rebate
Dear Valued Customers:
As we move into the final phase of our post Hurricane tower restoration project in the sister islands, we are looking forward to delivering on our promise of a better broadband and mobile experience for our customers.
We recognize that many of you have experienced multiple service interruptions or less than desired service levels over the duration of the project and we thank you for your continued patience, support, and loyalty during this time.
As a token of our appreciation, Flow will implement a two-month waiver of rental charges for ALL Flow Home Internet customers in these islands which will be automatically applied to your account. Flow will also consider additional actions for Flow Post Paid customers on a case-by-case basis.
- For Internet customers, no action is required, as credit will be automatically applied by our Billing Team for October and November; customers are to resume payments on January 3rd, 2023;
- For Postpaid customers, please report any ongoing service issues at our Flow Retail store or to an agent for credit consideration.
We appreciate your business and look forward to offering an enhanced service experience following the completion of this important project.
UK pays for New Air Surveillance for TCI; Gvnr updates that Five Boats coming for Border Security
By Dana Malcolm
#TurksandCaicos, December 9, 2022 – Several boats in the RTCIPF Marine Branch fleet were upgraded with new radars and thermal imaging capability recently and Governor Nigel Dakin says more is expected including a new base in 2023.
Dakin explained that the thermal imaging capability now on the vessels was a first for the TCI and while it was not unusual for Police vessels to have radars the new ones provided enhanced capability.
“They don’t replace but compliment the land based Radar both helping the vessels lock on to a suspect sloop or fishing boat that the land based radar has identified. However they can also independently extend our radar range as the radars are, of course, mobile and can go out to sea,” he said.
The Governor also indicated that the procurement process has begun for five more boats; a further three vessels for the Police and two for the Regiment.
“The UK will be supplying the maritime surveillance aircraft that, along with our Radar (now under command of the Maritime Police), will help direct these vessels. That will all be controlled from what we expect to be a multi-agency Maritime Operations Centre and we hope ground will be broken on that next year.”
During the National Budget debate in the House of Assembly, Turks and Caicos residents learned of a $1 million commitment by the UK to expand border security through new assets.
All of this comes as the country moves toward creating its own coast guard to protect its waters and forms deeper security bonds with The Bahamas and the United States.
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