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THE RITZ-CARLTON DEBUTS IN TURKS & CAICOS, BRINGING THE ULTIMATE IN SEASIDE LUXURY TO THE WORLD-RENOWNED GRACE BAY

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The Iconic Hospitality Brand Proudly Welcomes Guests to The Ritz-Carlton, Turks & Caicos, Inviting Them to Delight in the Destination

#TurksandCaicos, June 24, 2021 – The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is pleased to announce the opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Turks & Caicos, marking the debut of the iconic luxury hospitality brand in this island paradise. Situated on the world-famous Grace Bay in Providenciales, The Ritz-Carlton, Turks & Caicos offers an idyllic tropical getaway, seamlessly blending the natural beauty of the destination with the legendary service and elegant accommodations for which The Ritz-Carlton brand is known.        

“We are thrilled to expand our global portfolio with the debut of The Ritz-Carlton, Turks & Caicos, a destination known for its stunning natural environment, which has long served as an alluring retreat for the world’s most discerning travelers,” said Donna McNamara, Vice President and Global Brand Leader, The Ritz-Carlton. “Whether enjoying a sunset sail or family snorkel from the resort’s private catamaran, Lady Grace, to relaxing poolside, The Ritz-Carlton, Turks & Caicos offers the perfect opportunity for our guests to recharge and reconnect while making lasting memories.”

Designed by Coleman Partners Architects, L.L.C., The Ritz-Carlton, Turks & Caicos is inspired by the island’s natural splendor. Through the use of rich wood, the design narrative is rooted in the destination’s Lucayan heritage, paying tribute to the people who have inhabited the islands, while the endemic flora of cactuses, sisals and sponges from Turks and Caicos are gracefully incorporated in the surroundings. This includes the native turk-head cactus, which is uniquely adapted in the arid climate and provides a magical desert charm.

The resort features 147 refined ocean view guest rooms, including 23 suites, which evoke beachfront elegance and showcase the stunning turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. The Ritz-Carlton, Turks & Caicos also offers five three-story penthouse suites with private rooftop plunge pools and endless horizon views. A signature Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge offers an exclusive sanctuary that offers private check-in, a dedicated Club Concierge, and multiple culinary presentations throughout the day, in addition to dedicated service at the beach.      

“Reflecting the island’s genuine warmth and hospitality, The Ritz-Carlton, Turks & Caicos promises to be a beachfront haven for guests and locals alike,” said John Hazard, General Manager at The Ritz-Carlton, Turks & Caicos. “Through thoughtful programming, elevated amenities and distinct culinary experiences, our Ladies and Gentlemen look forward to welcoming guests and immersing them in all that this destination has to offer.”           

The resort offers a wide range of amenities designed for either a private getaway or engaging family vacation, including an adults-only pool with private cabanas and a recreation pool, both set within lush tropical landscapes. The Lady Grace, the private catamaran of The Ritz-Carlton, Turks & Caicos, give guests an opportunity to explore beyond the shores, while activities such yoga on the beach are also available. A signature Ritz-Carlton Spa offers a true seaside oasis, and an opportunity for guests to relax and recharge with therapies inspired by the calming power of the ocean. Guests will enjoy a rejuvenating and personalized experience where an extensive menu of treatments embrace indigenous plants, offering a holistic approach to wellness. The resort’s youngest guests can explore the natural wonders and cultural traditions of the island through the resort’s signature Ritz Kids program. Children ages four through 12 can explore the island while gaining a better understanding of the marine life through educational activities or develop their inner artist with beach-inspired arts and crafts.            

Culinary venues at The Ritz-Carlton, Turks & Caicos put a local twist on global flavors. From a selection of freshly caught seafood to just-picked produce, Coralli features cuisine prepared with a local flair. BLT Steak offers modern steakhouse fare, showcasing prime steaks and fresh seafood, while and the restaurant’s signature Blackboard Menu offers dishes that highlight the seasonal flavors of Turks & Caicos. Celebrating the island’s natural abundance of conch, the resort marks the end of every day with the sound of this notable shell and offers guests the chance to sample conch ceviche and other island delicacies.      

For special meetings or celebratory occasions, The Ritz-Carlton, Turks & Caicos offers 20,000 square feet of meeting space, with venues including a 4,900 square foot ballroom that can be further divided into three separate salons. Additionally, a selection of outdoor spaces, including a meticulously manicured event lawn and grand promenade, showcase the white sands and sparkling waters of Grace Bay. 

For on-site entertainment, the resort also features The Casino at The Ritz-Carlton, Turks & Caicos, which offers traditional table games for a memorable night out.   

For more information or to book a stay, please visit http://www.ritzcarlton.com/turksandcaicos.

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Barbados to Host 41st Caribbean Travel Marketplace this Spring

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By Sherrica Thompson

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#Barbados, February 2, 2023 – Barbados has been selected to host the 41st edition of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s (CHTA) Caribbean Travel Marketplace. The event will be held at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre in Bridgetown from May 9 -11, and it is expected to build on the success of the 40th staging held in Puerto Rico last fall.

CHTA President Nicola Madden-Greig, who made the announcement recently, said it’s the first time in the organization’s history that the association’s largest annual event, which brings together buyers and sellers of the region’s tourism products and services, will be staged in Barbados.

“CHTA has a very strong relationship with both public and private sector stakeholders in Barbados, and as we position the region’s top earner for robust growth this year, we are delighted to lock arms with our Bajan partners to drive business to the Caribbean,” she stated.

Noting that: “This year’s Marketplace will also provide unique access to the Eastern Caribbean for buyers and tour operators as the region places a strong focus on the revival of multi-destination travel.”

Minister of Tourism and International Transport of Barbados Ian Gooding-Edghill, said the Barbados tourism industry was undergoing a major renaissance in the post-COVID environment, and the timing could not be better to welcome Caribbean Travel Marketplace to local soil.

“We are honoured to host such a preeminent gathering of tourism stakeholders from around the world,”  Minister Gooding-Edghill said, noting that the meeting aligns with Barbados’ value offerings, which appeal, among others, to the very important MICE [Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions] market.

The launch of the first Caribbean Travel Forum & Awards, a highlight of the Puerto Rico meeting, will return for a second edition and will be held in Barbados on Tuesday, May 9, 2023, ahead of the official opening ceremony of Caribbean Travel Marketplace.

The Forum will also focus on the business of tourism, and business appointments will be conducted on Wednesday, May 10 and Thursday, May 11.

Over 150 delegates, including Ministers of Tourism and key private sector leaders, engaged in the Caribbean Travel Forum last year.

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National Food Policy to be created in the Bahamas

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By Shanieka Smith

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#TheBahamas, February 2, 2023 – A new initiative by the Ministry of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Family Island Affairs in the Bahamas will see the creation of a National Food Policy geared towards ensuring food security on the island.

“This agricultural policy would encompass a holistic approach and incorporate regulations, legislation, and other aspects to assist the farmers who have not really gotten the attention they deserve for a long time,” said the Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Family Island Affairs, Hon. Clay Sweeting.

Other initiatives within the agriculture sector will also be implemented, such as the digitalization of applications and forms, which will make farming more efficient.

Clay said, “we have already digitalized for the most part the Department of Marine Resources and soon we will unveil new services such as dog licences, import permits, and other services needed for a successful agricultural sector.”

The construction of the Cultivation Centres (TCC) in Eleuthera and New Providence with produce exchange, food processing kitchens and farm stores will continue.

Sweeting said he hopes these initiatives will help to decrease the country’s yearly $1 billion food import bill.

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Guyana secures cryotherapy machines to help fight cervical cancer

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#Guyana, February 2, 2023 – Guyana will see a significant boost to its healthcare system soon as the health ministry has acquired 20 cryotherapy machines to help treat and prevent cervical cancer, the second most prevalent cancer among women in the country.

Cryotherapy, also known as cold therapy, involves cooling the body’s tissues for therapeutic purposes and removing the abnormal tissue. This type of therapy is also used to treat many skin conditions and some cancers, including prostate, cervical and liver cancer.

The Health Ministry said the machines will help clear the backlog of patients needing such treatment.

Director of the Non-Communicable Diseases Programme of the Health Ministry, Dr. Latchmie Lall, said the equipment will be very instrumental in providing immediate service to patients.

“We are indeed very thankful for this donation of cryotherapy machines that were brought through the IDB project; a total of 20 machines that are going to be used to improve our screening services for cervical cancer; this will come as a great measure for not only screening but to provide immediate medical treatment in that if we do find a pathological cervix, cryotherapy can be applied immediately, and we have one healthy patient going back home to her family,” Dr. Lall said.

Director of Primary Healthcare Services, Dr. Ertensia Hamilton, said the equipment comes at an opportune time when the ministry is extending its services for women of reproductive age across the country.

“We recognise that Guyana still has a high incidence of cervical cancer in our women, and so we want to be able to have services available to them as we work towards ensuring that each individual across their life course has services to meet their medical needs,” she said.

Minister of Health Dr. Frank Anthony, during his comment, revealed that Guyana is trying to develop a comprehensive programme for cervical cancer.

“One of the things that we are trying to do is to have a comprehensive cervical cancer programme. The first level will be to prevent cervical cancer. We want to do that by encouraging people to get the HPV vaccination. We have these vaccines available. We have been rolling them out to ensure that every person eligible for these vaccines gets them.”

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