TCI Tourism Industry In A Sizzling Comeback says Grace Bay Resorts
#TurksandCaicos, April 6, 2021 – The Turks and Caicos Islands’ tourism and hospitality industry in a major comeback following the government’s massive efforts to get the vast majority tested for Covid-19, and more than 40 percent of the population vaccinated.
After a year of uncertainty, strict Covid-19 restrictions, and a crumbling economy due to lockdowns and business shutdowns, the massive number of tourists visiting TCI signals new dawn.
In an interview with Fox Business reporter, Nakheel Advani, the Chief Operations Officer in Grace Bay Resort in the Turks and Caicos Islands, revealed they receive many calls each day as people continue streaming in for spring holidays.
Nikheel acknowledges the dramatic shift in the trend from about 10,000 guests last year (2020) to a huge influx in the past four weeks.
“The phones are ringing off the hook. We’ve had about a year, which has been quiet. We opened our shores in the Turks and Caicos Islands on July 22 (2020); it was slow to start with. But it gave us time to kind of understand how CDC guidelines are working, working with our Ministry of Health,” said Nikheel Advani.
“Our Governor, Nigel Dakin, took a very proactive role to open up the Island in the most sensible way. So, this is not new to all of us. Since then, we’ve got about 10,000 guests,” said Advani in response what the flock of travellers to islands of the Caribbean, in particular Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, means.
“It’s the thing you’ve mentioned, the pent up demand. Our market is mainly the US, North Americans (and Canadians who haven’t been able to travel). We have opened our doors from day one and said, Americans are welcomed. There were so many places saying you can’t go here, you can’t go there. We decided, you are our key market, let’s do this safely; we’ve got great advice from the CDC and our own Ministry of Health, so we’re going to do this with you.”
Even though it has been tough to find the rooms, the trend seems to carry on through the summer with the supply and demand conditions.
More than a million people went through American airports informed the TSA; compared to the last year’s 331, 483. As of March 23, the TSA recorded a total of 1,076 453 commercial airline travellers.
The overwhelming number of tourists received in the Turks and Caicos Islands is attributed to the ramped-up testing and vaccinations, making many guests feel comfortable and safe amidst the pandemic.
Environmental Health Department Recognizes Caribbean Mosquito Awareness Week 2023
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands May 12, 2023 – Mosquito Awareness Week is fast approaching, and its an important initiative which was established with the approval of CARICOM in 2014 to raise awareness about the link between mosquitoes and the diseases they transmit and to strengthen initiatives aimed at eliminating mosquito breeding sites. Caribbean Mosquito Awareness Week will be observed this year from May 8th – 14th, 2023 under the theme “Small bite, big threat” and slogan “Beat the buzz: Prevent, Protect, Control”.
The Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is present in the Turks and Caicos Islands, can spread diseases such as Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika.
During the Month of May, the Environmental Health Department will be discussing ways to control vector populations and prevent the spread of diseases. This can include using insect repellent, eliminating breeding grounds, and properly disposing of waste.
Vector Control Awareness Month in the TCI is an extension of Mosquito Awareness Week, recognizing the threat posed by mosquitoes and is a reminder that we all have a role to play in preventing the spread of vector-borne diseases. Let’s work together to keep our communities healthy and safe.
For additional information, please contact the Environmental Health Department on 1649-338-2143/44.
Social Services hosts Special Event for TCI Younger Ladies
By Dana Malcolm
#TurksandCaicos, May 2, 2023 – Another edition of the government’s mentorship program “The Lady in Me” was held this week. This time young ladies in Providenciales were the ones being treated. The program targets at-risk adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 years old.
Photos of the beautiful setup shared with our news team show branded gifts waiting for the girls as they spent the two-day event sponsored by UNICEF focusing on how to cultivate healthy physical, mental, emotional, and behavioral well-being.
Students from various schools arrived in uniforms immaculately pressed for the event put on by the Department of Social Services.
Acting Governor Anya Williams was in attendance and expressed faith that the initiative would cause true change.
“It was a pleasure to share with them my insight into the importance of making the right decisions in their youth, which will help to shape their futures and why they should see and value themselves as their greatest asset and to hear from them their goals, aspirations and the challenges that are currently being experienced by our younger generations,” she said.
In introducing the program the Government had said it was aiming to help participants: “examine the adolescence values, competencies, belief systems, inner feelings, motivations, critical thinking, and communication skills,” in order to “build their self-awareness and interpersonal relationships to strengthen their self-esteem— to create a sense of pride and enhance self-respect, self-worth, and self-esteem as they mature and improve personally and professionally.”
The Department said the event was expected to impact 100 girls.
What’s at LJMMA? President explains snazzy equipment
#TheBahamas, March 27, 2023 – Situated on a Cay of its own, the LJM Maritime Academy (LJMMA) is the Bahamas’ only school of its kind and with sponsorships from Campbell Shipping, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Carnival Cruises, Disney Cruises, and more it boasts an extremely well-equipped campus. The Turks and Caicos Community College (TCICC) is now partnering with the LJMMA to bring those amenities to TCI students through TCICC.
Brendamae Cleare, President of the institution, joined in on a maritime stakeholder meeting introducing the partnership to the Turks and Caicos’ residents on Tuesday, March 21, detailing everything that the LJMMA had to offer.
“We have– classrooms, workshops, a bridge simulator room, a crane simulator, an engine simulator and we also have a GMDSS simulator and radar simulator as well,” she explained.
The simulator building was commissioned to the tune of $30 million and is only in phase one. Also included alongside the fancy simulators, which give students hands-on experience with the boat engines and cranes that they will work with in the future, there are temporary administrative offices, libraries, nurse’s stations and more.
Other buildings on the Cay include, a firefighting simulator and the school even has lifeboat simulators, which mimic what it would be like pushing the lifeboat off the side of a huge vessel and maneuvering it in the ocean.
The Maritime Academy was birthed in 2011 when executives at Campbell Shipping including Lowell J. Mortimer (which is the only Bahamian-owned shipping company Cleare says), realized that there were no Bahamians working on their ships and were determined to change that.
“We had the college of the Bahamas, which is now the University of the Bahamas. We had a technical and vocational institution. We had banking and tourism colleges, but nothing like maritime but [we said] why not maritime?”
And the LJMMA so was born, named after its founder Mortimer. In its first year, it fielded over 180 applications and accepted just over 40 students. It is semi-regimented, which means strict rules for students, just as they would have to abide by on vessels.
The institution is accredited by the National Accreditation and Equivalency Council of the Bahamas, the Bahamas Maritime Authority, the Institute of Materials, Minerals, Mining and others.
Cleare said the vision of the school was to become a globally recognized institution of excellence, in maritime education and training.
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