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TCI Premier elated that TCI back on UK Travel Corridor List

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#TurksandCaicosIslands – November 16, 2020 – Premier Robinson has confirmed today that the TCI is back on the UK Travel Corridor List. This means that persons travelling to the UK from the TCI for whatever reason will not have to self – isolate on return.  

“This is good news for the Turks and Caicos Islands”, says Premier Robinson.

“When we were first removed, I initiated a call with UK Ministers to set out the case on behalf of TCI. I shared that the methodology used was unfair to small territories and further the negative statement that this decision would make to other countries when TCI had been working so hard in the fight against co vid. The UK listened and offered to send direct support to the Premier’s Office, the Lab and the National Epidemiological Unit. We welcomed the support of PHE and thank Professor Ian Cummings in his absence for all of his assistance but equally recognize Professor Duncan Selbie who continues on in direct support to the Premier with a small Team. In addition to existing strong protocols locally and our own entry requirements, several other  new initiatives taken in relation to case management, internal systems and community testing played a major role in securing this decision. I am grateful to the Minister of Health and his Team at the Ministry of Health, the Public and Environmental Health Board, Cabinet colleagues and the people of this country for working together to get us to this place. It is a huge achievement which we must take care to maintain. This move sends a strong signal to other countries. All our efforts remain on addressing the challenges in the US. With cases down and testing up, we are encouraged in our efforts. We are indeed grateful to the UK Ministers for the decision taken.” – Premier Robinson.

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South Caicos Development Plans shared with Washington-Misick led Administration

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On Monday, 12 February 2024, the Premier led a delegation to tour the island of South Caicos to view the ongoing public and private sector projects, involving the remodelling and rebranding of the airport terminals, historical districts, and the East Bay Hotel.

The tour of the various developments reinforced the Government’s commitment to collaborating with stakeholders to boost the island’s activity and economy.

Photos courtesy of the TCI Office of the Premier

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Ministry of Tourism continues to get rid of dilapidated structures

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By LINDSAY THOMPSON

Bahamas Information Services

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Ministry of Tourism, Investments and Aviation is continuing to rid areas of derelict and dilapidated structures posing safety problems, and a threat to the overall tourism product.

In this vein the recent structure to be demolished was the Gaming Board building owned by the Hotel Corporation.  Located adjacent to Goodman’s Bay Beach on West Bay Street, it was formerly the Sir Harry Oakes property; the northern portion once housed Bahamas Information Services for several years.

 


On hand to witness the demolition were Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Investments and Aviation the Hon. Chester Cooper, and Senator Randy Rolle, Global Consultant, MOTIA.

The demolition started on Monday, February 5, 2024 by Virgo Construction headed by the contractor Terry Delancy.  

DPM Cooper explained that the government felt the Gaming Board building should no longer sit there in a derelict manner, and continue to be an eyesore and pose safety concerns.

“Goodman’s Bay will be enhanced as a result of getting rid of this building. It will be more aesthetically pleasing for residents who traverse this area. Women who walk in the mornings in particular through these areas will be pleased to see that this has become a green space, rather than a derelict structure,” he said.

DPM Cooper also noted that his ministry consulted broadly with the Antiquities, Monuments & Museums Corporation (AMMC), and other historians before proceeding with demolition.

“We are sure not to take any actions as it relates to buildings, without consultation. So they were very comfortable with the process and we continue to work closely with them on all of the buildings that we have demolished in the downtown area,” he said.

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Ms. Camilla Lightbourne joins Experience Turks and Caicos team

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Experience Turks and Caicos is pleased to welcome Ms. Camilla Lightbourne to the post of Executive Assistant to the CEO effective February 06th, 2024.

Ms. Lightbourne is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree a DeVry University in Florida and previously worked as an Import Logistics Associate at Graceway Trading Ltd. and a Business Account Executive at Digicel.

In welcoming Ms. Lightbourne to the team, Ms. Racquel Brown, Change Manager and Interim CEO of Experience Turks and Caicos said Ms. Lightbourne’s appointment underscores the growth of the organisation.

“Experience Turks and Caicos is growing as we fill out key positions and responsibilities in the organization. As such, it has become necessary to bolster the CEO’s office by adding an Executive Assistant to work with the CEO on the effective administration of the day-to-day tasks. I look forward to working with Ms. Lightbourne in this regard,” she said.

Ms. Lightbourne said she is pleased to be part of the Experience Turks and Caicos team.

“I am elated to join such a dynamic organisation. I am looking forward to making my mark in the future development of our country’s tourism product,” she said.

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