#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.
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 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.
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.
“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.
PRESS STATEMENT: MINISTRY OF EDUCATION
#TurksandCaicos, January 27, 2023 – The Ministry responsible for Education confirms that a recent report of alleged sexual abuse was brought to the attention of authorities at a particular school. For the protection of the child, we will not divulge details of this matter. We do acknowledge that there were issues experienced which resulted in less than appropriate response to the incident.
The Ministry is continuing its investigation of the incident, in its totality and has since requested a comprehensive report on the response from all involved. Several meetings, visits and discussions were held. The key is to ensure that the minor involved is afforded additional counselling and care and that other students within the institution are also afforded the relevant support needed. The Student Support Services has been active in coordinating this response which is currently in operation.
As an immediate further action, the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) entities will convene and existing protocols will be reviewed and investigations conducted to determine the consistency of the response, exactly where the established protocols were not followed and the subsequent actions to be taken.
The Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Social Services considers its responsibility for the Safeguarding of children of utmost importance. In so doing, the Ministry of Education has instituted a number of measures over the years to ensure that allegations of abuse to children in schools are treated with urgency. The creation of the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) was created to ensure that teachers, leaders, Social Workers, and Police can respond to allegations with the child’s safety and protection as the core consideration. Child safeguarding remains the Ministry’s primary concern.
Turks & Caicos Islands Cabinet Report, Meeting held January 10
#TurksandCaicos, January 26, 2023 – His Excellency the Governor, Nigel Dakin, chaired the 1st meeting of Cabinet on Tuesday 10 January 2023 at the Premier’s Office on Providenciales.
All Members were present.
At this meeting Cabinet:
- Approved the Fiscal Strategic Policy Statement (FSPS) 2023-27 which includes the fiscal targets of the Government for the next four (4) years to be submitted to the UK Government before being submitted to the House of Assembly for approval. Members also agreed a wide range of associated steps going forwards.
- Approved an application for duty concessions on the importation of construction materials, furniture, fixtures and fittings from Grace Bay Club Ltd. to allow the resort to complete refurbishment work.
- Approved an extension and revision to the MOU between the TCI Government and TCI Finance Limited, which leads on the development and growth of Financial Services in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
- Approved adjustments to the Agriculture Finance Support Programme (Agro- Grant Incentive) for the provision of compensation for registered farms that incurred damages due to Hurricane Fiona in 2022. Members also supported the adoption of a “Farmer Information System”.
- Approved proposed measures to control the roaming of livestock in the country covering the registration of livestock farms, construction and maintenance of holding facilities, and the transport of livestock.
- Approved a proposed model and structure for the New Destination Management and Marketing Organisation and Tourism Regulatory Authority. Members also approved an implementation process, the composition of the appointed Board of Directors, staffing implications, and a financing model, including the establishment of Tourism Improvement Districts and the payment of fees by tourism entities.
- Approved amendments to the Schedule of the Ports Authority (Stevedorers, Fees, and Charges) Regulations 2008, introducing a variation of stevedoring tariffs. Members also agreed next steps.
- Noted the impact of the moratorium on the issuance of new visas to Hattian nationals originating out of Haiti and approved the implementation of a moratorium on the issuing of all visas to Haitian Nationals entering the Turks and Caicos Islands for six months with effect from 11 January 2023.
- Approved the granting of a licence to a named individual for the purpose of erecting a swim deck protruding from the Crown parcel 60400/366 into the adjoining sea and the payment of associated annual fees.
- Approved the renewal of a lease for the rental of office space for the Government’s Planning Department on Providenciales for a period of three years.
- Discussed the renewal of a lease for the rental of office space for the Government’s Gender Affairs and Social Development Departments on Grand Turk and agreed next steps.
- Approved the use of existing funds for the use of retrofitting the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College.
- Approved the gradual outsourcing of janitorial services for government buildings, including schools.
- Approved the observance of Public Holidays on 8 May 2023 to mark the King’s Coronation and on 19 June 2023 to mark the King’s Birthday.
- Was updated on issues related to the Ministries of:
- Education, and
- AG Chambers,
- Office of the Deputy Governor, and
- Office of the Governor
Further information on these matters will be provided by Ministers in due course.
DELANO ARTHUR APPOINTED AS COMMISSIONER OF ENERGY AND UTILITIES
#TurksandCaicos, January 26, 2023 – The Office of the Deputy Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Delano R. Arthur to the post of Commissioner of Energy and Utilities in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Transportation, Energy and Utilities.
Mr. Arthur holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan (2002) and a Master of Science Degree in Information Systems and Management from the University of Phoenix in Phoenix, Arizona (2007).
With over fifteen (15) years’ service as an Engineering Professional, Mr. Arthur served in the posts of: Senior Technical Associate at the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) in Freeport, Bahamas from 2006-2009; as a Senior Project Officer and Diplomat with the Caribbean Community Secretariat (CARICOM) in Georgetown, Guyana from 2009-2011; as the Manager of Information Technology at the Grand Bahama Power Company Ltd. (GBPC) from 2012-2015; as the Operations Manager of Transmission and Distribution at GBPC from 2015-2018 and as the Director of Grid Solutions at GBPC from 2018-2022.
Mr. Arthur during his tenure at the Grand Bahama Power Company (GBPC) gained extensive experience in all aspects of engineering, technical automation, transmission, distribution and energy supply where he provided strategic and tactical planning advice on the design and operation of GBPC’s Grid inclusive of transmission and distribution, sub stations, power transformers, renewable energy, protection and relaying devices. He also served as the Technical Storm Lead for Hurricane Matthew, as well as the Project Owner to rebuild GBPC’s 45MW Base Load Generation Fleet in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.
Commenting on his appointment Mr. Arthur stated:
“My father and mother, having been born and raised in Conch Bar and Bottle Creek, respectively, humbles me as I consider this a pleasure to serve the people of these Islands.
Deputy Governor and Head of the Public Service Her Excellency Anya Williams in commenting on Mr. Arthur’s appointment stated:
“It is with great pleasure that I extend congratulations to Mr. Delano Arthur on his appointment as the new Commissioner of Energy and Utilities here in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
This appointment is extremely critical in helping the Turks and Caicos Islands not only progress Energy Reform here in these islands, but also in ensuring that the appropriate regulatory functions are carried out and adhered in these islands.
Having had the early opportunity along with Premier the Honourable Dr. Charles Washington Misick to meet with Mr. Arthur since his appointment to discuss the vision for Energy Reform here in the islands and to understand his early assessment and futuristic plans for the Energy and Utilities Commission, we are fully confident in his ability to lead on these initiatives and pledge our full support of the provision of the necessary resources to ensure the Commissions success.
I wish Mr. Arthur well on his appointment and welcome him to the Turks and Caicos Islands Public Service.
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