Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – July 17, 2017 – Over 5,000 readers have seen our report on the Bronze medal performance of Colby Jennings and congratulations from around the world pours in for the TCIs newest sprint star.
Sports Minister, Karen Malcolm congratulated Colby Jennings on an impressive performance in the track and field event saying, “My Ministry is looking forward to welcoming Colby back home and celebrating his achievement. Colby is still quite young and I’m confident that he will achieve many more records in his career.”
Jennings will join the team of athletes from Turks and Caicos Islands in Nassau, Bahamas for the Commonwealth Youth Games. Minister Malcolm said, in a media release that, the Department of Sports has sent Kyle Knowles to accompany the team. The team left today and is also supported by the TCAAAs.
JAMAICA: Ground Broken for Multimillion US Dollar Boutique Resort Development in St. James
#MontegoBay, November 28, 2022 – Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, and Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, on Friday (November 25), broke ground for a multimillion US dollar boutique resort development – UNICO 18˚77˚ – in Lilliput, St. James.
The adults-only, all-inclusive hotel will provide approximately 451 additional rooms, including over-the-water bungalow accommodations aimed at attracting thousands more new tourists to Jamaica.
Additionally, the Spanish resort’s construction will see the employment of over 1,000 local skilled labourers, locally, and create more than 600 new permanent jobs in the tourism sector.
The project is the first of a series of programmed developments for owners, the RCD Hotels and AIC Hotel Group that will also be partnering with the Government to provide housing solutions for their workers.
“We are very much pleased to hear that you come to Jamaica with a social consciousness about housing for those 600-plus tourism workers,” said Mr. Holness, in his address during the groundbreaking ceremony.
He said it has often been the case where hotels are built for the comfort of visitors, but persons employed to provide that world class service to guests are, sometimes, living in uncomfortable and substandard conditions.
“If we are truly interested in building an excellent [tourism] product, then we must not only build rooms for visitors, but we also have to build rooms for the workers; and the Government has a key role to play in ensuring that we have houses… homes for the people who work in the industry,” the Prime Minister outlined.
“So, the investment is in our labour, our young people who will benefit from working on the site [and] in the housing. These are critical investments in the society that make the culture unique, that gives us the marketing edge that is eventually reflected in [the] bottom-line,” he added.
Mr. Holness said the presence of UNICO 18˚77˚ in Jamaica will add a new dimension to the country’s tourism product that, along with sun, sea and sand, adds stability, safety and security.
“So, it gives me great pleasure, ladies and gentlemen, to be… breaking ground again for, yet, another major hotel,” he stated.
For his part, Minister Bartlett said that along with UNICO 18˚77˚, the sector is anticipating the addition of a Hard Rock Casino and Resort and a Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company property.
He described these hotel chains as “real gamechangers” for tourism, not just in Montego Bay, but in Jamaica, as a whole.
“This investment is going to be a very powerful and productive and profitable one, because we in Jamaica are not just concerned about building tourism, we want to build it to another dimension. We want to build the communities around with tourism, for there is no tourism without the community and this entire community here is part of the development process that is going to show Jamaica what the new tourism, post-COVID, is going to be like,” Mr. Bartlett pointed out.
RCD Hotels’ Vice President for Development, Rodrigo Chapur, said the Group is pleased that the UNICO brand is finally coming to Jamaica, noting that it brings a one-of-a-kind immersive experience.
He indicated that the Group has brands in the United Sates, Dominican Republic, and Mexico, and now Jamaica, where “we are very happy for this groundbreaking.”
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Embattled Former BIV Premier Resigns with criminal trial looming; ends 20 Year career
By Sherrica Thompson
#BVI, November 28, 2022 – Former Premier of the British Virgin Islands Andrew Fahie officially resigned from the House of Assembly as First District Representative as of November 24. His resignation concludes his over 20-year tenure in representational politics on the island.
According to one of the country’s news entities, BVI News, the former Premier’s resignation and retirement from politics was announced in a letter addressed to the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Corine George-Massicote.
In his letter, Fahie noted that his resignation was in respect to a ruling made by George-Massicote in July, where she had announced that she would not grant him leave of absence from the House.
In addition, Fahie also encouraged his colleagues to create a territory where young people can dream of being the next Speaker, clerk, attorney general, director of public prosecution, elected official, minister of government, Premier, governor, or governor-general.
Fahie, who was arrested in the United States in April at the Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport on drug and money laundering charges, and recently, Interstate and Foreign Travel in Aid of Racketeering, remained the elected representative for the First District even though he was absent from sittings.
His trial is set to take place in a Florida court on January 9, 2023.
Airport Redevelopment Plan on track, plan to be ready April 2023
By Dana Malcolm
#TurksandCaicos, November 28, 2022 – The revamp of the Providenciales International Airport is on track according to Arlington Musgrove, Minister of Immigration and Border Services for the Turks and Caicos Islands. The minister updated on the progress of the country’s leading long-stay arrivals gateway on November 21st during a town hall meeting held in Providenciales
He explained that the administrative needs of the restructuring process were going forward, the Attorney General’s office was drawing up the respective legislation needed for the mega project, lawyers and financial advisors were also hard at work in partnership with the consultants in country.
“The business case has been re-purposed for submission to the UK Foreign Commonwealth Development Office and it is anticipated that with the support of the Attorney General’s Chambers and the good work of the steering committee and the consultant, that the project should be able to pre-qualify by the end of the fiscal year that is April 2023.”
The consultants, ALG Global, were hired in May to provide a nine-month consultation on the financial, technical, and legal aspects of the redevelopment; ushering it in to implementation.
The consultation which prefaces the actual physical reworking of the space, is long overdue many residents feel. As the Turks and Caicos experiences record travel booms and visitors swarm the islands, the country’s airport infrastructure has come under heavy criticism for being inadequate in size, scope and comfort.
Back in March, photos and videos of some visitors splayed out on hot concrete floors with their hands over their faces as they waited in long lines to board their departing flights, went viral. The extreme heat and still present threat of coronavirus caused national outrage.
The Turks and Caicos Airports Authority quickly resolved the issue, altering check in times for flights of travellers and beginning construction on an airside canopy to protect visitors from sun and rain; that canopy remains under construction.
The TCI is projected to be pulling in millions of visitors by 2030; ALG says any delay in the building will severely hamper the airport’s ability to accept the flights
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