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TCI: The TCHTA Welcomes a New Board of Directors

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#TurksandCaicos, March 22, 2021 – The Turks & Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association welcomed a new Board of Directors during its bi-annual elections this week. By way of a virtual process, members nominated and consequently elected the Executives and Directors that will lead the body for the next two years.

At the virtual AGM held on March 18th, members learned that Trevor Musgrove of Discovery Tours & Adventures emerged victorious as the newly elected President of the TCHTA.

Mr. Musgrove, having served on the Board as a Director for the past six years is no stranger to the diligence and commitment serving in this role requires, and he is excited to get started in this new capacity.

In his acceptance address to members, he stated “I love these Turks and Caicos Islands and I will channel this passion into my new role. We have an opportunity to take the TCHTA to new heights, and I intend to take advantage of every opportunity to do just that.”

The new President shared his immediate goals with the association’s members. Among those: Fostering an environment that will increase the local community’s confidence in the TCHTA while sending a clear and strong message that the association supports its colleagues works to build an industry that is beneficial to all stakeholders.

Now in year four of its 2017-2022 Strategic Plan, the association continues its pledge to drive the industry and brand Turks and Caicos to new levels. Mr. Musgrove will be supported by the Executive Team and Directors for the 2021-2023 term:

Executive Officers: Vice President – Tapahari Tibble, COMO Parrot Cay; Treasurer – Colin Sterling, CSC Insurance Management; Secretary – Mona Beeson, The Sands at Grace Bay.

Directors: Karen Whitt, The Hartling Group; James McAnally, Beaches Turks & Caicos; Tendra Musgrove, COMO Parrot Cay; Yolander Forbes, Seven Stars Resort & Spa; Kashmie Ali, Sailrock Resort; Adam Twigg, The Source Ltd; Stewart Howard, Turks & Caicos Collection; Wilbert Mason, Ocean Club Resorts, and Paul Telford, The Shore Club.

Musgrove takes over the Presidency from Todd Foss of the Inn at Grace Bay who served in the capacity from 2019 and will now ascend to the seat of Chairman along with Past President Nikheel Advani of Grace Bay Resorts, while Stacy Cox continues in her role as CEO of the association.

In his departure speech to members, former President Todd Foss expressed his congratulations to Trevor, applauding his bravery for accepting the position in the midst of the uncertain times being experienced by the industry due to the pandemic. He reflected on their time spent working on the Board together over the years and extended his support and confidence to the incoming President. “Trevor’s commitment and passion for the this country and for the association shines through everything he says and does. I am proud to call him a friend and comrade and have enjoyed the work we have accomplished together as a part of the TCHTA. He will do an exceptional job as President and I am excited for the association’s future achievements with Trevor at the helm.”

On February 25th, the 2019-2021 Board of Directors were gifted with tokens of appreciation for their time and service to the TCHTA. The newly elected Directors will be formally introduced to media on Tuesday, March 23rd at 10am.

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CHTA President Praises Jamaica’s Hurricane Preparedness, Assures Ongoing Support

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KINGSTON, Jamaica– President of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), Nicola Madden-Greig, has praised the strength of local and regional public-private sector partnerships, while congratulating tourism stakeholders across Jamaica for their strong level of preparedness in weathering the dangerous Category 4 Hurricane Beryl, which impacted the island this week.

“Jamaica was spared the worst of the hurricane and we have now returned to regular business operations,” said Madden-Greig, who rode out the storm at her office in Kingston. She reported that Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay and Ian Fleming International Airport in Ocho Rios opened today, while Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston will open on Friday, July 5, after minor repairs are completed.

“We have no reports of any guests being injured during the passage of the storm, and the majority of the hotels and the tourism industry in general have emerged unscathed,” Madden-Greig added.

However, she expressed concerns for the south coast of the island, where many local communities were impacted, along with several independent hotels and villa operations.

“We will be including these operators in our disaster relief efforts, particularly in the Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth area,” she noted, explaining however that she had little doubt that this resilient community will rebound in the shortest possible time.

The trade association leader was encouraged with the reports emanating from the Cayman Islands, which confirmed no major impact on the sector there. “We are thankful to God for sparing us for the most part, and we are now resolved to getting our industry back on track, while serving communities (especially those in the Grenadines) who are in dire need at this time,” said Madden-Greig.

Individuals, businesses and organizations that want to contribute to regional hurricane relief efforts may make a monetary donation at www.chtaef.com.

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CARICOM raising profile and priority of its Migration Policy; curbing challenges ‘a tall order’

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Garfield Ekon

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The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is committed to work with Member States and other stakeholders to implement a “forward-thinking regional migration policy,” according to its Assistant Secretary General, Alison Drayton.

Addressing the opening of a recent three-day workshop titled “Towards a Regional Approach to a Migration Policy in the Caribbean,” in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, she said it is evident that the Region has been facing, and will continue to face, various challenges that affect the lives and livelihoods of Caribbean citizens.

“Namely, due to Climate Change, which has amplified displacements and the need for persons to migrate from areas that threaten their livelihoods or limit their opportunities to prosper and provide for their families,” the ASG told the forum, adding that the Climate Change and natural disasters remain “key drivers of displacements in the Region.”

“With the frequency and magnitude of events likely to increase in the future, this has contributed to many regional States facing demographic decline, which has impacted their workforce, our younger population seeking job opportunities outside the Region, and many key sectors being negatively impacted,” she stated.

The CARICOM official underscored that tackling the challenges would be “a tall order,” hence the Regional body’s commitment that would help address various aspects of Regional migration and human mobility as determined by Member State priorities.

Lauding the Government of Trinidad and Tobago for hosting the workshop, and the and valuable technical contributions made by the United Nations (UN) Migration Group and financial contributions from the United States Department of State, the European Union, and the Inter-American Development Bank, she said  the their efforts have been significant.

The contribution made by International Organization for Migration (IOM), has advanced the policy, with provision of consultancies to coordinate the Community’s work through the Regional Approach to Migration Policy (RAMP) Steering Committee and development of the framework, she highlighted.

For Trinidad and Tobago’s National Security Minister, the Hon. Fitzgerald Hinds, his country is also committed to contributing to the development of a regional migration policy framework that reflects the priorities of the people of the Caribbean Community.

“As we embark on this journey together, let us harness the expertise, the insights and the experiences that we already have among us as we gather here today to shape the policy framework that is in front of us,” the Minister said, adding that the current migration realities “should prepare us for future challenges.”

The technical workshop brought together National Focal Points from the CARICOM Member States, and representatives of relevant regional and international organisations, building on IOM’s Migration Governance Indicator (MGI) assessments, and other consultations held with national Governments of CARICOM Member States in 2023.

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Government Earmarks $300M for Post-Hurricane Dengue Mitigation

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#Kingston, Jamaica, July 19, 2024 – The Government has earmarked $300 million to ramp up dengue mitigation activities, inclusive of fogging, treatment of mosquito breeding sites, removal of bulky waste and drain cleaning, in the aftermath of Hurricane Beryl.

Addressing the House of Representatives on Tuesday (July 16), Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, said the funds have been allocated to the Ministry of Health and Wellness, which will spearhead vector-control activities over the next six weeks.

He further informed that the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) and National Works Agency (NWA), “are technically involved in this dengue mitigation [exercise] by trying to clear the environmental conditions that would create the growth in the vector”.

Mr. Holness highlighted the potential for a significant increase in the dengue vector, the Aedes aegpyti mosquito, which breeds primarily in containers, consequent on  the hurricane’s passage.

“We know that many communities are being plagued by the increase in the mosquito population… and other vectors [such as] roaches, rats and flies. Therefore, the cleanup and removal and clearing of waterlogged areas is of critical importance,” he emphasised.

The Prime Minister noted that the hot summer conditions, along with rainfall, will further contribute to heightening the possibility of an increase in these vectors and the transmission of diseases.

As such, he appealed to Jamaicans to properly store water in covered containers and destroy mosquito breeding sites around their homes.

“I urge all homeowners who are storing water and… leaving the containers open, that an easy way to control the growth of the mosquito population in your households is to cover the containers,” Mr. Holness said.

He pointed out that the NSWMA will shortly announce a schedule for the removal of bulky waste from homes.

Prime Minister Holness further indicated that the NWA will be actively cleaning various gullies.

Dengue symptoms include fever, headache, and joint and muscle pains. These are often resolved through rest and adequate hydration along with the use of paracetamol to treat the accompanying fever.

 

Contact: Chris Patterson

Release: JIS

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