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Point Grace, Turks and Caicos Islands is #1 pick for Condé Nast readers

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#Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – November 22, 2020 – The story never gets old or less impressive for tiny Turks and Caicos; the archipelago with around 50 islands and cays set in some of the most pristine waters in the world manages to dazzle visitors and rank with top destinations globally year after year. 

Still it is a fabulously remarkable feat that Grace Bay Resorts has achieved best in the Caribbean and finds that each of its luxury resort properties in the Turks and Caicos Islands is in the top 10 in the Atlantic Ocean, according to travel magazine leader, Condé Nast Traveler.

Point Grace Resort, a boutique escape elegantly situated on the World’s Leading Beach, Grace Bay Beach is known for its bespoke charm and its classic European architecture. In October, Condé Nast revealed that Point Grace was #1 amongst its legions of readers.

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Managed by Beverly Howell, a native Turks and Caicos Islander, the achievement for Point Grace as #1 in the Atlantic in the 2020 Condé Naste Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards, is amazing.

Grace Bay Resorts celebrated the win with accolades for the hotelier who is no stranger to snagging coveted travel prizes.

“TCI women run the best resorts in the Caribbean.  First, we had Adelphine (Pitter; General Manager at West Bay Club) and now Beverly,” said Nikheel Advani, Chief Operating Officer, who toasted the pair and summarized, “It makes us very proud.”

Adelphine Pitter, in February was congratulated for leading West Bay Club, one in the Grace Bay Resorts family of resorts to among world’s best as rated by Condé Nast Traveler.  Pitter was named general manager of the resort, acquired by Grace Bay Resorts in 2013.

Condé Nast Traveler, which boasts nearly two million followers on Facebook, encourages feedback from the travelling public.  “For our 33rd annual Readers’ Choice Awards survey—yes, more than three decades—registered voters weighed in on their favorite resorts in the world. As we reviewed the 2020 results, they were especially exciting for us, pulling in new openings and new parts of the world. We’re ever curious about where you go, what you loved, and who you went with; and as you continue to travel, we continue to listen.”

Point Grace, Grace’s Cottage

Point Grace earned #1, and was joined in the leading hotels in the region by both West Bay Club (again) and Grace Bay Club (again).

A modest Beverly Howell was beaming. A 15-year career in hotel management in Providenciales has produced another stellar accolade.  Howell, one of the first native women to accomplish running a resort, was in 2010 named general manager of Point Grace.

Point Grace Resort named #1 by Travel + Leisure magazine in Summer 2020

This is the second major award for the 28-suite Point Grace Resort, in July Travel + Leisure named the property #1 in the northern Atlantic Ocean on its World’s best list. 

The executive of Grace Bay Resorts, joined by Pamela Ewing, TCI Tourist Board director was on hand for the announcement where Beverly Howell was thankful, mainly to her team.

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“We thank you for your support in achieving this award.  We feel privileged and are grateful to have a team of individuals who are sincerely dedicated to delivering exceptional hand-made experiences and I take this opportunity to say a very special thank you to my team here at Point Grace.

Your passion and drive attribute greatly to this coveted recognition by Travel + Leisure and we are excited about what the future has to offer.”

At that time, West Bay Club was also congratulated as among the 25 best properties in the northern Atlantic by Travel + Leisure magazine.  

Point Grace is also home to two restaurants; Hutchings and Grace’s Cottage.

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Woman dies on Tuesday; 32nd Covid Death for Turks & Caicos

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By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer

 

#TurksandCaicos, January 20, 2022 – The Turks and Caicos has recorded its 32nd death related to COVID-19.

A Ministry of Health press release informed that the individual who was in quarantine in Grand Turk and requested emergency aid on Tuesday; response came from the public health team in Grand Turk.

The person, who we are told is a special needs young woman – was unvaccinated and had underlying medical conditions.

The death rate in the Turks and Caicos of both vaccinated and unvaccinated persons has climbed alarmingly this year.  In the 21-month period from March 2020 when the country recorded its first case to December 2021, there were 26 deaths recorded in the TCI.

In the 19 days since the start of 2022 that number has increased to 32; which means six deaths already in January.

 

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Bahamas News

Cruising should slow down says PAHO

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By Dana Malcolm

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‘Slow down on Cruising’, that’s the word from the Pan American Health Organization, PAHO in their latest recent press conference.

Dr. Ciro Ugarte Director of Health Emergencies at the PAHO was referring to the Bahamas but made sure to note that the advice was highly relevant to many countries in the times of omicron.

“In the context of intense transmission, due to the Omicron variant as we have highlighted several times. It is just logical to suspend or at least limit the cruise ship traffic as an outbreak on board might end up exceedingly high and probably will go beyond the capacity of local health services”

Both the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos are experiencing a massive uptick in cases and several warnings regarding cruise travel have been issued by the US Centers for Disease Control.

Cruising just resumed for many regional countries this past Summer, Turks and Caicos was among the latest to restart on December 13.

A stop to sailing would be devastating to economies, however, ports of call like Grand Turk which are reeling with rocketing case numbers of COVID are urged to consider the suggestion of slowing down on ships by PAHO.

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Understanding Sargassum with help from the TCI’s Department of Environment & Coastal Resources  

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By Sherrica Thompson

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#TurksandCaicos, January 20, 2022 – Sargassum, also known as seaweed, is a natural brown macroalga that lives in temperate and tropical oceans of the world. The floating micro eco-system is important to many species, including baby turtles, little crabs, and tiny fish. All these animals use the floating rafts of the sargassum for protection, shelter, and food.

Over the years, sargassum has been increasing its quantity in the Caribbean due to climate change. As water temperatures increase, sargassum blooms, and as this continues, it occurs in large amounts. This can be dangerous for some marine life because when seaweed washes up on the shore, some species become trapped in the sargassum mat.

Environmental Outreach Coordinator at the Department of Environmental and Coastal Resources for TCI, Amy Avenant, says the Turks and Caicos Islands has not seen the worst of the overgrowth.

“In the Turks and Caicos Islands, we have not seen the full severity of sargassum blooms. Our neighbours in Bonaire, for example, experience up to six feet of sargassum, and they have found stranded dolphins, sea turtles, and sometimes even birds,” said Amy Avenant.

“When the sargassum washes up on shore, it starts to decompose, and when it decomposes, it emits methane, and that is the stinky sulfuric eggy smell that you can smell when you walk past it on the beach. It is a bad thing for climate change because of the methane, but it is not harmful to your health.”

Turks and Caicos saw this in extreme amounts in October; so severe, resorts were forced to bag and bury the stinky seaweed which for over a week covered the usually sandy white stretch of Grace Bay beach.

Avenant noted that in the TCI, we have a balance between managing the influx of sargassum and impacting the areas where it lands because its influx is correlated to the cycles of the moon.

She also said sargassum can be used as a fertilizer in farming. If you collect it, the advice is to spread it out and ensure you wash the excess salt off before adding to your gardens or farms.

There are also hidden dangers and habitat threats to the piles of sargassum on shorelines.

Avenant informed, when you see sargassum on the beach, ensure you watch out for wildlife that might be stuck and species which might have made a home of the ocean’s deposit which has washed up, this is heightened on rocky shores.

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