#TurksandCaicos, April 27, 2021 – The Turks & Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association (TCHTA) celebrated Earth Day 2021 with its signature TCI Shines initiative, adding a host of partners and exciting elements in commemoration of its 13th year for the bi-annual program.
Since 2008, the TCHTA’s Sustainable Tourism Committee has successfully encouraged and supported residents and students throughout the TCI in environmentally conscious activities to aid in the preservation of the country’s natural resources.
Over the years, TCI Shines has incorporated country-wide clean-up campaigns, educational campaigns, garbage receptacle beautification competitions and more to engage residents in the importance of protecting and honouring these ‘beautiful by nature’ islands.
This year, TCI Shines saw a magnificent collaboration between TCHTA members, the TCHTA Sustainable Tourism Committee, Graceway Communities, Flamingo Pharmacy, the DECR, and the Turks & Caicos Reef Fund in a comprehensive initiative including a full-day event at Graceway IGA, giveaways, and island-wide clean-ups.
TCHTA members and all residents of the Turks & Caicos islands were encouraged to clean up their yards and neighbourhoods, use their reusable bags, buy local products, use reef-safe sunscreens, volunteer with an NGO, conserve electricity, or plant a tree.
At the Graceway IGA Earth Day Market, local growers showcased plants for sale, TCHTA members distributed reusable bags, Flamingo Pharmacy presented its reef-safe sunscreen and hand sanitizers, and association members including The Terrace on Grace Bay, Anani Spa at Grace Bay Club, and Big Blue Collective will award shoppers with gift certificates and prizes from the exciting raffle! Proceeds from the raffle will aid the Turks & Caicos Reef Fund’s continued efforts in the fight to protect our oceans and underwater life.
Next to advocacy, the education and sustainability of our environment is most paramount to the mandate of the TCHTA. Members are always excited for this bi-annual event, TCI Shines, as it gives an opportunity to bring an all-hands-on-deck approach to the protection of the industry and the future of Turks and Caicos.
The TCHTA’s Sustainable Committee Chair, Mona Beeson said, “TCI Shines is an initiative that is close to my heart, and the association is proud of the strides we have been able to achieve with the unwavering support of our members, the schools, churches, civic groups, and all communities around the Turks and Caicos Islands every year. Through partnerships with the DECR, the Reef Fund, the Tourist Board, and Graceway Communities, we are proud to honour the global theme “Restore our Earth” and do our part by keeping these islands green and pristine.”
In addition to efforts in Providenciales, TCHTA member Sailrock Resort led the charge in South Caicos with the distribution of reusable bags to the community there.
The TCHTA encourages all members and residents to continue the commitments made on Earth Day to keep Turks and Caicos clean, plant trees, buy local, and be thoughtful about protecting and nurturing the environment.