#TheCaribbean – November 23, 2020 — Millions of Americans are travelling despite warning from the Centers of Disease Control, not to do so due to the fear of a further surge of Covid-19 infections, and it is regional destinations which are benefitting in bookings.
According to Travel Pulse, Mexico and the Caribbean are getting a healthy share of what was the busiest travel weekend since the pandemic hit in March.
The Transportation Safety Authority, (TSA) reported three million airline travelers between November 20-22; Sunday charting the highest numbers of airport security screenings at 1,047,934.
Gatherings, using public transportation and just moving around is putting the US at great risk explains, the US top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, who surmised there will be an explosion of positives for the virus.
“What we’re doing now is going to be reflected two, three weeks from now.”
Though down 23 and 29 percent for Thanksgiving and Christmas respectively, Mexico is leading the region and happy with higher long-stay bookings when compared to 2019.
The Turks and Caicos Islands has for the past two years been chronicling the same story. In fact, Grace Bay Resorts informs bookings for their properties have been trending higher at Thanksgiving for the past two years.
“Thanksgiving this year is looking good; better than many previous years. We find that people are booking in the month for the month and so we have offered more flexible policies and extended stay benefits. All Grace Bay Resorts have a 24-hour cancelation policy until December 22. This week is actually sold out at Point Grace and West Bay Club and Grace Bay Club is very close,” said executives in a recent event held to announce Point Grace as Conde Nast Traveler Magazine’s #1 Reader’s Choice Award Winner for 2020.
The top prize for Point Grace was for the northern Atlantic Ocean region.
The Turks and Caicos which sits southeast of The Bahamas have welcomed around 15,000 guests to the country since reopening to tourism on July 22, 2020.
Travel data compiled by Adara explains longer haul trips are off the list for a Covid-wearied public. Shorter flights and closer destinations are top choices and among them are: Jamaica, Aruba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Virgin Islands, The Bahamas and Haiti. The surge in travel by air and automobile for Americans coincides – frighteningly for officials – with a surge in coronavirus cases. The US has a positivity rate of 14 percent says The Washington Post and so far, 12.5 million Americans have been infected with the virus.
Inter-High and Inter-Primary Track and Field Championships set to end TCI School Sports Season 2023/24 with a bang
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, February 19, 2023 – The Turks and Caicos Islands School Sports (TCISS) Track and Field season is in full effect and post the completion of the Track and Field Development meets, the tension has intensified.
On February 10 and 17, the TCAAA alongside the TCI Sports Commission hosted Track and Field Development Meets, to allow athletes to compete and see where they fare up against their peers before the ultimate Nationals. The Distance and Jumps meet took place first with Sprints and Jumps following the following Saturday.
Athlete to Watch
CARIFTA Medalist Love Joseph did not compete in the Distance and Jumps meet, however, he has competed in a few regional meets this year. Joseph won the 800m and 1500m at the Diana Lynn Thompson Invitational on February 10 in Nassau, Bahamas. In the 1500m, he ran 4:22:17 which is a season’s best but not his personal best. In the 800m, he achieved a personal best time of 2:05:86. He now attends the Clement Howell High School, last year competing for the A. Louise Garland Thomas High School.
How to Watch
Upcoming events in the Turks and Caicos Islands School Sports (TCISS) 2023/24 Sport Schedule
- TCISS Inter-High School Track and Field Championships – February 29 – March 2, 2024 (National Stadium, Providenciales)
TCISS Inter-Primary School Track and Field Championships – March 19-21, 2024 (National Stadium, Providenciales)
The full TCISS event schedule, standings and further updates can be found on the TCI Sports Commission’s website https://www.gov.tc/sports/our-
For the latest news on the TCISS, fans can follow on Instagram (@tcisportscommission) and Facebook (Turks and Caicos Islands Sports Commission). To share your experience with TCISS on social, use the hashtags #TCISS and #morethanjustsports.
Three Arrested, Drugs Seized in North Caicos
#TurksandCaicosIslands – February 20, 2024 – Serious Crime Unit detectives of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force have arrested three men and seized a quantity of marijuana and cocaine during anti-crime operations in North Caicos.
Senior Officers and Magistrates issued Authorities and Warrants to Search four premises from noon on February 14th to 3 pm today (February 16th).
Three males, two of whom are aged 21 and an 18-year-old, were arrested for murder. Investigations remain ongoing.
Head of the Serious Crime and Public Protection Unit Superintendent Dean Holden said: “Our team’s dedication and intelligence-led policing continue to play a significant role in disrupting criminal activities.
“Our operations will remain ongoing throughout the TCI as we continue to pursue leads and ensure those responsible for causing fear are held accountable within the confines of the law. Our communities deserve to feel safe, and we won’t rest until that goal is achieved.
“I wish to also thank members of the public for their continued support and information ”.
Additionally, Tactical Officers conducted a series of operations in Grand Turk. Several field searches were conducted in Over Back, and several items relating to ongoing investigations were found, including a firearm.
The public is asked to contact 911, the closest police station, the RTCIPF Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477 and anonymously give any information on illegal activity.
Deputy Premier Spot on, TCI TODAY Removed from EU Blacklist
#TurksandCaicosIslands – February 20, 2024 – Sixteen months after being added to the European Union’s Black List for non-cooperative tax jurisdictions, the Turks and Caicos Islands is now off that list.
“Today,the Council removed The Bahamas, Belize, Seychelles and Turks and Caicos Islands from the list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes.”
The release explicitly states that in the case of the Turks and Caicos and The Bahamas, “ever since October 2022, deficiencies in the enforcement of economic substance requirements had been identified in both of these jurisdictions by the OECD Forum of Harmful Tax Practices (FHTP).”
It was recommended for remedy to the deficiencies has now been “converted from hard to soft recommendations,” said the statement.
That pivot was fundamental in the de-listing of the two countries said the information from the Council.
“…which allowed the Code of Conduct Group to consider these jurisdictions with no or only a nominal corporate income tax.”
When Magnetic Media spoke to E. Jay Saunders, Turks and Caicos Deputy Premier and Finance Minister in March 2023 he had full confidence that it was only a matter of time before the TCI was given a more favourable position with the EU.
“There is no question about it. I’m confident that by February 2024, we will be off the list– I’m completely confident and there are no lasting repercussions.”
It had been sub-par computer systems that landed the TCI on the list. The Deputy Premier, at the time offered that the EU was being too dramatic and its language, disproportionate surrounding the issue.
That black listing and gray listing is often viewed as a black eye in the financial services sector, therefore this announcement today is vindication for the TCI and a huge plus for the Fintech ambitions of the Misick-led government.
Twelve others remain with the unsavory categorization including Caribbean neighbours: Trinidad and Tobago; US Virgin Islands; Anguilla and Antigua and Barbuda.
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