#TurksandCaicos, October 6, 2021 –The Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board, the exclusive tourism authority for the Turks and Caicos Islands, embarked on its first post-COVID-19 road show with hotel partners in the U.S. market, which contributes to over 86% of the destination’s land-based visitor arrivals. As the Tourist Board continues to promote the destination as the preferred luxury destination in the region, a key element of its marketing strategy is to leverage industry partnerships and ensure that the destination’s messaging is effective, cohesive and remains consistent with the destination’s brand image.
Hotel industry partners in the Turks and Caicos Islands were offered the opportunity to partner with the Tourist Board and participate in the road show, which was hosted in the destination’s source market, the east coast, in the cities of Philadelphia, Jersey City and New York City. A total of eight partners participated in the Tourist Board’s annual show including, Amanyara, Beaches Resort and Spa, COMO Parrot Cay, Grace Bay Resorts, Sailrock Resort, The Hartling Group, The Ritz-Carlton Turks and Caicos and Turks and Caicos Collection. The group of participating hotel partners represented a diverse range of high-end properties in Turks and Caicos Islands, such as private islands, properties on the iconic Grace Bay Beach, all-inclusive properties, and the option to stay on the idyllic sister island of South Caicos.
The road show hosted by the Tourist Board was deemed a great success with more than 140 of the destination’s top-producing travel advisors in attendance. From the 20th to the 22nd of September 2021, travel advisors across the tri-state area were treated to networking sessions, presentations from hotel partners and a destination presentation and update from The Director of Tourism, Pamela Ewing. These sessions were well received by the advisors, as they became more knowledgeable on the destination’s product offerings and gained more knowledge on all sister islands and the wide range of accommodation options and experiences available on each.
The exclusive events adhered to all COVID-19 safety protocols, including requiring that all partners and attendees were fully vaccinated.
Pamela Ewing commented, “I am delighted at the excellent turnout we received for each event. Travel advisors and wholesalers are a key factor in the success of the destination’s tourism industry, as tourists count on these advisors to offer guidance on the destination, plan trip itineraries, and make travel arrangements for them. The more they are informed on the product offerings and experiences available in the destination, the more business they will contribute to destination, resulting in a flourishing economy.” Ewing continued, “During my destination presentation, I emphasized the ease of access, unique experiences, and accommodations available on each island. I also encouraged day trips to each sister island; however, we recommend overnight or longer stays on each island to get the full experience. The Tourist Board promotes each island as a destination within a destination, offering visitors a variety of unique experiences to keep returning to the destination and explore each island individually.”
For many travel advisors, the road show was their first in person event, and they were excited to interact with the Tourist Board representatives and hotel partners. The Turks and Caicos’ new travel requirements, inclusive of a vaccine requirement for all visitors aged 16 and older, were praised by all advisors in attendance, noting that clients feel safe and secure traveling to the destination as a result. All advisors anticipate a busy festive season for the Turks and Caicos.
The Turks and Caicos Islands continues to implement an extensive marketing and promotion strategy and plans to continue these road shows on the West Coast for 2022, which represents a growing audience for the destination.
Press Release: Turks & Caicos Islands Tourist Board
Grants for farmers
#TurksandCaicos, January 31, 2023 – Good Morning to my colleagues in government, I recognize……..and most importantly good morning to the farmers. It is my pleasure today to have you here at this award ceremony. For the very first time in Turks and Caicos, farmers are getting relief for hurricane damage.
This shows that the government is committed to ensuring that the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands have access to a constant and nutritious supply of food, reduce the food import bill and retain money in the local economy. Food Security is the foundation of all human needs. Given the threat to the global supply chain and growing inaccessibility to enough nutritious food, the Government is committed to supporting the farmers to produce local food, to supplement the food requirement of the country. My government’s priority is to provide an enabling environment, to facilitate local investment within the Agriculture Sector as outlined in the People’s Plan for Empowerment
In February last year (2022) my government launched the Agriculture Finance Support Programme (Agro-Grant Incentive). This Finance Support Program for farmers is the first program of this kind in the Turks and Caicos Islands and shows Government’s mandate is to invest heavily in local food production through providing financial support. My government has allocated US$250,000.00 in this first year to promote agriculture development. This Finance Program has 3 areas of support
- Improvement Programmes – to upgrade farms, Existing registered farmers who wish to perform farm upgrades can receive a maximum of $20,000
- New Farm Start Up/Young Entrepreneurs– For new or younger farmers between the ages of 18-25 years can receive a maximum of $15,000
- Disaster Relief – this is specifically in response to National Natural Disasters “Acts of Nature” inclusive of earthquake, hurricane and storms and other approved natural disasters. The value of this grant will be 10% of the assessed damages (up to a maximum of $20,000 USD
To date 12 farmers have received grants in the first 2 categories. Today we are here to give disaster relief to those registered farmers who would have suffered from losses due to the passage of hurricane Fiona in September last year.
Government knows that Farming is an expensive business, farmers livelihood depends on the investment they make on their farms. We live in a small island state that is vulnerable to natural disasters such as hurricane. These disasters can have devastating effects on farms, destroying years of productive work and effort farmers would have put in.
Government in recognizing the important contribution farmers make to Food security and the vulnerabilities they face has moved into action to provide much needed support towards the rebuilding of the farms. Today 15 registered will be receiving funds for disaster relief to assist with their rebuilding efforts. This monies I know will be used for the purposes granted.
I want to thank my Cabinet colleagues and Premier for supporting the continued efforts to grow the Agriculture Sector.
My department of Agriculture recognizes farming is dynamic and as such has lobbied Cabinet for continued support. I am pleased to say that in August last year through a Cabinet Paper, government had approved amending the Agriculture Policy to provide full exemption of import duties for farm vehicles registered farmers can now apply through the department for this support. At that meeting we also agreed for the Department of Agriculture to develop a comprehensive Agro-Incentive Program to support farming in the TCI.
Once again I would like to commend the farmers who are benefiting today for their hard work and dedication and look forward to serving you as your minister
U.S. Supports the RBPF With Additional Crime Fighting Vehicles on The Bahamas’ “Road to 50”
#TheBahamas, January 31, 2023 – Since 1973, the United States and The Bahamas have enjoyed a long-lasting security partnership. To mark this valued friendship, the United States Government, on January 31, 2023, renewed its support for the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) with 20 new Ford Police Inceptor Hybrid SUVs valuing nearly $1.4 million. The United States’ Chargé d’Affaires Usha Pitts; Prime Minister, the Hon. Philip Davis; Minister of National Security, the Hon. Wayne Munroe and RBPF Commissioner Clayton Fernander were on hand for the donation at RBPF East Hill Street Headquarters.
The 20 hybrid vehicles will be added to the 32 vehicles previously donated to the RBPF by the US government to help replace crucial infrastructure lost during Hurricane Dorian. Recovering from a hurricane is an arduous process that requires support at many levels, from roads and housing to mental health services. The U.S. government hopes these vehicles will contribute to one key step in the process: citizen security. These vehicles will not only assist the RBPF’s efforts to combat crime but will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions on the islands.
In her remarks Chargé Pitts noted, “these vehicles are just one example of the United States’ continued efforts to help for The Bahamas’ keep its citizens and visitors safe.”
Prime Minister Philip Davis showed his appreciation for this timely vehicle donation as it will assist with added capacity and increased saturation patrols on the streets. The Prime Minister added that residents will notice an increased police presence and the police will have new capacity to respond quickly to any criminal activity.
RBPF Commissioner Clayton Fernander highlighted that “we have noticeably taken more illegal firearms and ammunition off our streets in 2022. We have also seized more illegal drugs including marijuana and marijuana plants than in [previous] years. Suffice to say, we have efficiently utilized all 32 vehicles previously donated by the U.S. government in our crime fighting efforts.”
In recent years, the U.S. Government, through U.S. Embassy Nassau, has delivered more than $25 million to assist The Bahamas with efforts to fight crime. On behalf of the Bahamian people, Minister of National Security Wayne Munroe extended his gratitude for the U.S. government’s assistance noting “It seems that when we’re together there [is] always an occasion where they [U.S. government] have helped us and assisted us substantially.”
Captions: Credited to U.S. Embassy Nassau
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