#Providenciales, June 7, 2019 – Turks and Caicos – In recognition of World Environmental Day, June 5, 2019, the TCHTA issued a media statement encouraging action and partnership in protecting the environment of the islands.
“The responsibility of maintaining our environment falls on each and every one of us,” said Todd Foss, newly elected president of the TCHTA. “It’s important that we all do our part, and we’re hoping that we can encourage more and more people to join in on keeping the country clean and beautiful”.
One way we can do this is by keeping our communities clean and engendering a sense of cleanliness among the youngest members of society; the Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association reflected on events it hosts toward this goal.
“The TCHTA has long been committed to this cause. Through its bi-annual TCI Shines Initiative, the association focuses on the cleanliness of the destination and encourages all residents to make continued efforts to keep the destination ‘beautiful by nature’. The association has also taken the environmental message to the schools through programs such as the TCI Shines Schools’ Big Bin Competition and the Green Project; a collaboration with the environmental clubs.”
Speaking about the impact to the tourism sector, Foss said, “Environmental protection and economic prosperity go hand-in-hand, especially for our small destination. We would like to remind all residents and guests that their everyday actions can either help or harm the natural resources of this country. We all contribute to the long-term success of tourism in the TCI.”
It was revealed that many members are making those extra steps and adding more biodegradable products.
“We commend the TCI Government for their forward movement on the plastic ban initiative,” said Stacy Cox, CEO of the TCHTA who informed that, “A number of our members have already replaced plastic straws with paper alternatives and we’re now working to educate the public on the danger that single-use plastics pose to our country”.
This year, World Environment Day, turned its attention to Air Pollution.