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Invest Turks and Caicos says investment interest coming from 64 countries around the world



#Providenciales, May 20, 2019 – Turks and Caicos – The CEO of Invest Turks and Caicos Agency revealed that the TCI is being courted by investors representing 64 different countries of the world and he reminded that the economic pillars of the country are real estate, financial services and tourism.

“Increasingly, because this is a major tourist destination, we have investors that are coming from all over the world.  They’re coming from China, they are coming from India, they are coming from the UK, they’re coming from Switzerland, Germany, Sweden; 64 different countries is the number of investors we are dealing with in our Agency in the last 12-months.  That’s the world and the world is coming to TCI.  Thank you, world!”

James Bursey was speaking to a packed room at the Shore Club as the key note speaker of the conference of the TCI Tourist Board’s Turks and Caicos Conference, also known as TACC.  The theme for 2019 was Redefining Luxury.

“We also have to think, ‘what is luxury’; Luxury changes depending on your age. We have to offer a broad range of services fundamentally what happens in these islands and what we’re going to be doing is expanding our range of services to cover many parts of the economy because no tourist is similar to the next.  They are all different, they all have different desires, different wants, different time tables and different financial concerns.”

Bursey, who hails from Canada originally, recently took on the role of CEO of the Agency and explained that his team works with Government Agencies and the Private Sector for a perfect balancing act for the perfect climate for what he calls, ‘a perfect tiny country.’

“We are the tiny perfect country, we are small but we are perfect because we have the perfect climate, we have a perfect way of life and we have perfectly friendly people.  Think of us as the tiny perfect country, this is where you want to bring your clients or better yet, you should stay here and have them come join you.”

The CEO was keen on the travel and tourism industry representatives attending TACC2019 to understand that there is respect for the environment, consideration for the resident population and the potential of other islands in the archipelago, watchfulness of technological trends and a commitment to diversity in high caliber service delivery.

Mr. Bursey talked about technology infrastructure and technology investments at the conference.

“The other thing that’s changed and that redefines luxury is the issue of technology, what role will technology play?  So, we have to make reasonable guesses, we put in infrastructure, we encourage the private sector to add to the areas in which government must invest and we try to work out a strategy for infrastructure, for tourism, for transportation…”

The CEO added, “We are going to be doing more localized software development. In these islands, quite frankly, all of the islands of the Caribbean and countries of the world because software is now becoming the dominant method by which we manage our day to day activities.  And we are all waiting, with bated breath, to see what happens with artificial intelligence.”

It was the 15th year for the Turks and Caicos Conference held May 8-11, 2019; also speaking at the session were Adelphine Pitter, Turks & Caicos Tourist Board, Chairperson; James, Smith, TCI Police Commissioner; Todd Foss, TCHTA President; Ramon Andrews, TCI Tourist Board Director; Hon Ralph Higgs, Minister of Tourism Environment and Gaming and Hon Sharlene Robinson, Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands.   





Tim and Henry to the Rescue: A Harrowing Search and Rescue Mission Highlights Need for Marine Vessel in Grand Turk



#TurksandCaicos, July 12, 2024 – At approximately 2:45 pm on July 12th, a 911 emergency call came in from the police department in Grand Turk, informing Ed Forbes of a distressing situation. Four young adult tourists had gone out on paddle boards off Cork Tree Beach in Grand Turk, when one of them fell off the board and could not get back on. Evidently, they underestimated the wind speed and their own brute strength.

Ed Forbes, co-owner of Exclusive Escapes Grand Turk, played a pivotal role in coordinating the rescue. Responding swiftly to the emergency call, he immediately reached out to the local search and rescue team. His prompt actions and calm demeanor were instrumental in mobilizing the necessary resources.

Within 20 minutes or so, Tim from Emerald Escapes, along with Henry and Kindry from Blue Water Divers, were on the scene. Their experience and swift response were crucial in ensuring the safety of the stranded paddleboarders. Working seamlessly together, they managed to locate and rescue all four individuals without any need for medical attention.

However, this incident also underscores a critical issue that has long plagued Grand Turk: the need for a dedicated marine vessel for search and rescue operations and cruise passengers incidents. Despite numerous promises made to concerned citizens over the years, this vital resource remains unavailable.

The swift response of Tim, Henry, and Kingdry highlights the community’s resilience and dedication, but it also brings to light the gaps in emergency preparedness that could be addressed with better equipment and support.

A dedicated marine vessel would significantly enhance the efficiency and safety of rescue operations, ensuring that responses to such emergencies are even more effective.

Ed Forbes
Concerned Citizen

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Invest TCI Opens New Office in Grand Turk





Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – July 11th, 2024—Invest Turks and Caicos Islands (Invest TCI) proudly announces the launch of its new office in Grand Turk, located at the Digicel Building on Old Airport Road. The grand opening of the new location occurred on Friday, July 5th, 2024, under the theme “Empowering Enterprises in the Capital.”

The establishment of the new office marks a significant milestone in Invest TCI’s growth strategy. The primary objective of the expansion is to provide enhanced services and support to the business community in Grand Turk. By increasing operational capacity, Invest TCI aims to facilitate sustained growth and success for enterprises within the country.  Beyond economic advancement, this initiative is set to yield substantial community benefits, including the creation of employment opportunities.

The grand opening ceremony attracted a diverse range of attendees, including recipients of the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) programme, members of the business community, government officials, and Invest TCI staff. The event was moderated by Mr. Keno Forbes, Vice President of Investor Services. Special remarks were delivered by the Premier, Hon. Charles Washington Misick, who congratulated the InvestTCI team on their hard work and encouraged the community to take advantage of the benefits offered by the new office. He reiterated the government’s commitment to creating a supportive environment for businesses in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Additional remarks were provided by Invest TCI Chairperson, Ms. Cindy Ewing; Business Advisor, Ms. Lashena Simmons; Director of the Business Support Unit, Mrs. Anissa Adderley; and Vice President of SME, Ms. Alexa Cooper. Their contributions highlighted the collaborative effort and dedication that have driven the success of Invest TCI initiatives.

Expressing her enthusiasm for the new office, Invest TCI CEO, Mrs. Angela Musgrove, stated, “Our vision is clear and compelling: to further empower Invest Turks and Caicos Islands, the agency offers incentives and support that enable more efficient and innovative practices. We are committed to helping businesses thrive, and in doing so, we are helping our entire community.”

Invest TCI recognizes the integral role that Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises play in the economic and social development of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Through its Business Support Unit, the agency provides comprehensive support services to startups and existing entrepreneurs, ensuring they have the tools and resources to succeed.

The grand opening of the new office in Grand Turk represents a significant step forward in Invest TCI’s mission to support and empower businesses across the islands. The agency looks forward to fostering economic growth and development and ensuring a prosperous future for all.

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(Thursday, July 11th, 2024) Turk and Caicos Islands – The last of five American tourists arrested in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) for being in unlawful possession of  ammunition could finally leave the TCI today, Thursday, July 11th, 2024.

Sharitta Grier 46 pleaded guilty on 25th June to having two rounds of.38 ammunition in her bags, at the Howard Hamilton International Airport in Providenciales on Monday 13th May, 2024, when leaving the Turks and Caicos Islands after a surprised Mother’s Day vacation trip, from her daughters.

Her Ladyship The Hon. Ms. Tanya Lobban-Jackson agreed with senior defense counsel, Ms. Sheena Mair of F-Chambers that there are exceptional circumstancés in Grier’s case, by this, the court departed from the mandatory minimum sentence of twelve years imprisonment and ordered a lighter sentence of $1500.00 or Six months imprisonment if fine is not paid. She’s also sentenced to 23 weeks imprisonment suspended for one year.

Holding for the office of the Director of Public Prosecution via link was Dr. Angela Terry Brooks, deputy director of the DPP’S office.

The prosecution office did oppose exceptional circumstances and invited the court to impose the mandatory minimum sentence of twelve years imprisonment.

A more detailed court report will follow.

Wilkie Arthur
Court Correspondent
Eagle Legal News Media

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