Message from Honorable Porsha Stubbs-Smith, World Tourism Day 2016

Providenciales, TCI, September 28, 2016 –  “My Fellow Turks and Caicos Islanders, today marks World Tourism Day 2016 under the theme “Tourism for All: Promoting Universal Accessibility”.   As tourism throughout the world matures with almost 1.2 billion people traveling abroad each year, it proves to be a major economic driver.  The tourist industry is dynamic, diverse, and highly competitive, thus the need for major promotion of accessible tourism.”  

The Turks and Caicos Islands is a part of the global tourism move, as such, tourism should be attainable to all irrespective of a person’s physical limitation, disability or age, travel is for all to experience and embrace on an equal basis.  It is therefore incumbent upon the Turks and Caicos Islands as one of the top travel destinations in the region to build upon, and improve on accessible tourism products and services; which will only place our country in an even better position as it relates to marketing.  I am confident in the hospitality of our people, and as a country proud to welcome and engage visitors from all walks of life.”

“Today as we celebrate Tourism for All! I encourage us as a people to embrace the opportunities available to market our beautiful by nature Turks and Caicos Islands as we work together to ensure each traveler is welcomed and may we identify with everyone as we are all deserving of the many unforgettable experiences that come with the world of travel.”

“World Tourism day is celebrated annually on 27 September to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value. As the official day set aside in the United Nations Calendar the celebration seeks to highlight tourisms potential to contribute to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), addressing some of the most pressing challenges society is faced with today.”



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