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Grace Bay Beach, Once Again – Ranked The World’s Number One Beach!

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#TurksandCaicos, March 3, 2022 – Grace Bay Beach has once again been ranked the World’s Number One Beach! According to Trip Advisor, the beach, located on Providenciales, the Turks and Caicos’s main tourism destination island – is number one of the 10 Best Beaches in the World for 2022.

The beach, noted for its soft powdery white sands, with crystal clear turquoise waters facing it – has continuously been voted Best Beach by many travel and tourism organisations and publications, worldwide. Uncrowded, relaxed and serene – Grace Bay Beach is the go-to destination when on Providenciales.

“Once again Grace Bay Beach has come out on top,” says Pamela Ewing, Director of Tourism, Turks and Caicos Tourist Board. “The beach is by far one of the most, if not the most enviable beach in the world. And, we in the Turks and Caicos are truly proud and humbled to again be crowned world’s number one beach”.

“We take pride in our natural environment and go the extra mile to ensure that we our beaches, coast lines and marine spaces are always pristine and protected. This is important not only for our guests, but also those that live and work in the Turks and Caicos today and years to come”, Ewing added.

In a similar vein – Hon. Josephine Connolly, Minister responsible for Tourism stated that: “Our country is very proud of our Grace Bay Beach and we are committed to maintaining our number one position. Our government takes the protection of our environment very seriously – as it is the foundation of our tourism industry. We are proud of all of our beaches and all those who work hard to ensure they remain safe and secure and, in a condition, to be enjoyed by everyone!

Though the Turks and Caicos have many spectacular beaches, namely Governor’s Beach in Grand Turk, Bambarra Beach in Middle Caicos or Pine Cay Beach, none has come close to the acclaim or accolades received like Grace Bay Beach has. In time, these and others will be recognised and appreciated too.

Four of the world’s best beaches are in the Caribbean according to the TripAdvisor’s global top 10 list. With Grace Bay Beach taking the number one spot, the remaining include: Trunk Bay Beach, US Virgin Islands; Palm in Aruba and Varadero Beach in Varadero, Cuba.

Grace Bay Beach currently holds the position of World Travel Awards’ World’s Leading Beach Destination, and, now – once more – 1st place in Trip Advisor’s World’s Best Beaches. The entirety of Grace Bay Beach is exceptional and breath-taking. With its clean and crystal-clear turquoise waters and unspoiled soft white powdery sand, and no rocks, seaweed, or pollution – the beach is truly ‘Beautiful by Nature’.

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Police Academy Commissioner Shot Dead in Haiti

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By Sherrica Thompson

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#Haiti, November 29, 2022 – The police in Haiti have launched an investigation following the assassination of the director of the National Police Academy, Commissioner Rigaud Harington.

Reports from the police are that Harington was shot dead on the grounds of the police training facility in a gang-controlled neighbourhood in the country’s capital of Port-au-Prince on Friday, November 25.

The spokesperson for the National Police of Haiti (PNH), Inspector Garry Desrosiers, in confirming Friday’s killing, said the commissioner was “shot in the head not far from the Academy” and the attackers “stole his [Harington’s] vehicle and kidnapped his driver.”

Harington’s killing is the latest in several attacks against law enforcement in Haiti. The killing also happened at a time when international leaders are trying to help Haiti’s political leaders control the surge in gang violence in the country.

The police have not released any information on who might be responsible for the commissioner’s death.

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St Kitts and Nevis Welcomed the World’s Largest Cruise Ship

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By Sherrica Thompson

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#StKittsandNevis, November 29, 2022 – The twin island of St Kitts and Nevis is about to chart its busiest cruise seasons yet as the world’s largest cruise ship, the Wonder of the Seas, made its inaugural call to Port Zante in the country on Thursday, November 24.

About 6,495 guests arrived on the ship, with 2,259 crew members on board.

The oasis class ship was welcomed by Prime Minister Dr. Terrance Drew, who led a delegation on board last Thursday to host a brief plaque exchange ceremony.

“You have confidence in the destination by adding St Kitts and Nevis to your now largest vessel, the Wonder of the Seas, with a passenger capacity of 6,988,” the Prime Minister said.

The Chief Executive Officer at the St. Kitts Tourism Authority, Mr. Ellison Thompson, said the ship’s visit was a result of the country’s comprehensive negotiations with stakeholders.

“The destination’s ability to secure a vessel with a 6,495-passenger capacity today, November 24, is the result of comprehensive negotiations between the Ministry, the Authority, and cruise lines. As a result, we are gradually seeing the fruits of our marketing and strategic efforts, and we take pride in celebrating such a momentous occasion,” Thompson said.

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WE GOIN’ KEW: Festival of the Year

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#TurksandCaicos, November 29, 2022 – The WE GOIN’ KEW’ festival charity event was a huge success bringing people together to enjoy Turks and Caicos Islands food and cultural performances and organised by the Turks and Caicos Islands Unity Committee.

On Saturday, November 19, 2022, residents from across the Turks and Caicos Islands chain found their way to the Bellefield Landing in Kew, North Caicos, to support what is being described as the biggest festival of the year with an estimated two thousand people attending.  The event also saw fifteen vendors present, serving local Twin Island dishes, and featuring three local bands, and artists from The Turks and Caicos Islands and The Bahamas.

Proceeds garnered from the WE GOIN’ KEW Festival will support key projects across North and Middle Caicos and assist with completing the homeroom at Ashley’s Learning Center, according to the Director of the TCI Unity Community, Mr. Alvin Hegner.

Hegner added, “This charitable event was held for the people of the Twin Islands and Ashley’s Learning Center.  We wanted to give back to the community while showcasing local food vendors and craft and farmers’ markets.  On behalf of the organising committee, I would like to express thanks and appreciation to the people of the Twin Islands for their unwavering support and for helping us to create an extraordinary outcome.  Thanks to Sharmaine Clarke for her coordinating efforts on the Twin Islands”.

A special thanks to the event’s sponsors for making it all happen in various ways: The Wine Cellar, Turks Head Brewery, Anderson Media, Big Josh Country Club, Play Big Win Big Entertainment, Prime DJ’s, JACA TCI , Grant Thornton, LEW 1 Shipping, Rasco Sounds, Building Materials DoITCenter, Engel & Volkers, Wymara Resort and Villas, Fortis TCI, FLOW, Dragon Cay Resort, Digicel, MEP Solutions: Electrical and Plumbing, HAB Group, Waratah Construction TCI, RED Hospitality and Leisure & Lady Grace, Catamaran, Mac N Cheese Adventures, The Strand, Beaches Turks and Caicos, BCQS, Turquoise Horizons, Franks Hardware, Delta Electric, AE&S construction, COMO Hotels and Resorts, Caicos Isle Management, Island Drilling, Ports Authority, Turks and Caicos Islands, Robinsons’s Variety, Island Convenience – Grace Bay, Got You Covered, Reliable Security, Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force, TCI Ministry Of Health, District Commissioner Of North Caicos Madam Musgrove, and the District Commissioner of Middle Caicos Sir Delancy.

The  WE GOIN’ KEW Festival is now an annual event.  The scheduled date for WE GOIN’ KEW 2023 is Saturday, November 4, 2023.  The proceeds from WE GOIN’ KEW 2023 will assist with housing projects throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands.

TCI Unity is a nonprofit organisation geared towards helping those in need in the Turk and Caicos Islands.  Founded during the COVID-19 pandemic, the TCI Unity distributed over 500 meal boxes to families in need throughout the country.

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