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Public Notice: Roadworks – Millennium Highway at Junction with Walter Cox Drive – Sunday, 23rd September 2018

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#Providenciales, September 21, 2018 – Turks and Caicos – The Public Works Department, in collaboration with Herzog Ltd will be carrying out roadworks at the junction between Walter Cox Drive and Millennium Highway on Sunday, 23rd  September.

During the works, Millennium Highway will be restricted to one way traffic only at this location and we apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused.

 

Release: TCIG

 

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Turks and Caicos See Major Increase In Visitor Arrivals

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#TurksandCaicos, May 27, 2022 – As the tourism sector continues to rebound, the Turks and Caicos is once again breaking visitor arrival records, with some 138,762 air arrivals and 173,151 cruise arrivals in the first quarter of 2022. The Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board is pleased to release the preliminary figures, showing that the destination has seen a major increase in visitor arrivals.

“The tourism industry is poised for a full recovery,” declared Mary Lightbourne, Director of Tourism (Actg), Turks and Caicos Tourist Board. She stated that the first quarter of 2022 has been particularly strong, year on year, in context to the destination revitalising from the decline dealt to the sector by the COVID-19 pandemic over the last two years.”

“We are indeed buoyed by these figures, in particular the month of March, which is critical to our sector,” said Miss Lightbourne. “The first quarter, especially March, is traditionally excellent for winter vacationers, have seen a robust in visitor arrivals, almost paralleling the corresponding month in 2019, which saw the best pre-COVID arrivals for the sector.”

  • Air Arrivals
    The figures, as a close approximation in the measurement of the destination’s tourist arrivals during the beginning of the year 2022, the Turks and Caicos Islands saw an average increase of approximately 33% in stopover arrivals through the Providenciales International Airport and FBOs, growing from the 34,057 stopover arrivals in January 2022 to 44,596 stopover arrivals in February 2022, and 60,109 in March 2022.

The 44,596 stopovers received in February this year was a significant increase of 248% year over year. As the destination received only 12,798 stopover arrivals in February 2021; a direct result of the Covid-19 pandemic and the measures put in place to contain its diffusion.

When compared to February 2020 and 2019; both periods being pre Covid-19 pandemic. Arrivals declined by 14% and increased by 7% respectively.  The 138,762 stopovers received in the first three months of 2022 were 98% of the 140,791 stopovers received in the first three months of 2019. The U.S. market continues to dominate as the main source market claiming the majority of total visitor arrivals, January through March 2022.

  • Cruise Arrivals
    In December 2021, when the Turks and Caicos reopened its cruise sector, saw total of 25,573 arrivals during that month. Which was 21% of the 117,827 arrivals seen in 2019. The Turks and Caicos Islands then received 173,151 cruise visitors in the first three months of 2022, which was 62% of the 277,280 cruise arrivals received in the same three months of 2019. January welcomed 27 ships with 43,035 cruise visitors, whereas February received 24 ships and 50,148 cruise visitors, with March welcoming 28 ships and 79,968 cruise visitors.

    The US’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention lifted its risk advisory for cruise ship travel in March 2022 – indicating that the public health measures in place on cruise ships are effective and will hopefully influence more cruise passengers.

“These arrival figures are indicative that the Turks and Caicos continue to be a sort after destination. We are indeed on pace to increase our arrivals in the coming weeks and months, welcoming all our guests to our Beautiful by Nature isles,” added Miss Lightbourne.

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The TCI Bar Council

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#TurksandCaicos, May27, 2022 – The TCI Bar Council is pleased to announce the details of the annual TCI Bar Association Bursary Grant (“Bursary Grant”) and invite suitably qualified applicants to apply.

The Bursary Grant is a monetary award offered to students who are Turks and Caicos Islanders enrolled in full-time legal education at tertiary level whose programme of study must lead to a qualifying law degree permitting the student to further enroll onto a vocational law program geared towards the practice of law in accordance with section 5(1)(a) of the Legal Profession Ordinance and who must demonstrate an intention to return to the Turks and Caicos Islands to further pursue their legal career.

The Bursary Grant can either be applied to a student’s tuition or accommodation costs and is paid directly to the student’s university (or course provider) or their housing agent (or landlord).

The precise amount of each Bursary Grant will be determined during the consideration of an application, however the maximum award any one applicant can obtain for any one application is in the amount of US$2,500.00.

Of the Bursary Grant, the President of the TCI Bar Council Selvyn Hawkins says “The Bursary Grant confirms the commitment of the Bar Council to encourage the increase in representation and participation of Turks and Caicos Islanders as attorneys within the Turks and Caicos Islands. The Council has noted an increased interest in the Bursary Grant by Islander students and hopes to enlarge the capacity of the Council in the future to offer greater support and/or opportunities aimed as assisting in the training and development of our aspiring attorneys.”

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RTCIPF Marine Branch & Coastal Rader Station Merge to protect TCI Borders

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#TurkandCaicos, May 27, 2022 – Commissioner of Police, Mr. Trevor Botting made the following statement.

“I am pleased to announce that command and management of the Turks and Caicos Islands Coastal Radar Station has now transitioned to the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force from the Ministry of Immigration and Border Control.

The Coastal Radar Station will be part of Specialist Operations portfolio under Assistant Commissioner Mr. Kendall Grant and will merge and work directly alongside the RTCIPF Marine Branch. Following the merge, the Coastal Rader Station will be renamed the Maritime Operations Centre. This reflects the ambition to develop a RTCIPF Maritime Command Centre to manage all aspects of marine safety, security and search operations.

The bringing together of the RTCIPF Marine Branch with our new Operatives from the Maritime Operations Centre is part of the complex and ambitious work to enhance the national security and border protection of the Turks and Caicos Islands. This year will see the ongoing work to enhance the radar coverage across the coastal waters of the TCI as well as a deepening and increasingly collaborative working relationship with regional partners to tackle human smuggling in this part of the region.

I was delighted to formally welcome the staff, from what was the Coastal Rader Station, to the RTCIPF family when I met with them on Friday 20th May 2022.  The new Maritime Operations Centre, joined with the RTCIPF Marine Branch will strengthen the Border Protection arrangements to keep the Turks and Caicos Islands safe and secure.”

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