Beaches honours top performing employees at Prestige Awards 2022
#TurksandCaicos, April 1, 2022 – On Thursday, March 24th 2022, Beaches Turks and Caicos recognized well over 100 of its outstanding employees at the 2022 Prestige Awards.
The annual awards celebration honours the resort’s top performing employees and again this year workers were treated to a spectacular evening of dance, music and glamour showcasing the best of the resort’s talented employees.
The award ceremony recognised and rewarded individuals in 14 categories (41 Nominees) who have worked diligently and whose performance has consistently made a positive impact on the quality of services offered at the world’s leading all-inclusive family resort.
General Manager, James McAnally stated; “Our team members are the lifeblood of what we do here at Beaches Turks and Caicos and the Prestige Awards is just one of the many ways we get to show appreciation.”
“Our team members go above and beyond to provide a five-star luxury service to our guests and stakeholders and we appreciate them for all they do, not just our winners but our nominees and every single member of the Beaches Turks and Caicos family.”
The night’s ultimate winner was Simone Woodfine, superstar bartender who won the coveted Diamond Team Member of the Year Award.
Juniel Olivar of Cost Control department won the Platinum Team Member of the Year Award.
Other big winners included Monalisa Missick, Human Resources Department who won the Heart of the House Award.
Fedeline Julien of the Kids Camp department won the Pace-Setter of the Year Award.
Kid’s Camp celebrity Maxine Salmon won the Sandals Foundation Sentinel of the Year Award for her outstanding contribution to the Sandals Foundation – the philanthropic arm of Sandals and Beaches Resorts.
Ashley Cooper of the gift shop won the Money Maker Award or Highest Revenue Earner Award.
In addition to engraved trophies and certificates, winners took home fantastic prizes vacations, gift cards and generous cash prizes.
The event, which was divided into five award segments, was punctuated with spectacular performances by Team Member Lynn Delancy, Managers Dance Group and the Creative Viva dance troupe.
It was hosted by Julianna Musgrove, Learning & Development Manager alongside Ghislaine Boutoulle, Executive Assistant Manager.
Attendees were treated to a cocktail hour which preceded the event and a celebratory after party.
Prestige Award Winners
|Team Member||Department||Type of Award|
|Eric Soriano||Entertainment||Mover and Shaker of the Year|
|Swean Wright-Frazer||Spa||Legendary Team Member of the Year|
|Merline Deetjen||Housekeeping||Circle Of Joy Award of the Year|
|Bernard Florvil||Maintenance||Sandals Earth Guardian Team Member of the Year|
|Maxine Salmon||Kids Camp||Sandals Foundation Sentinel of the Year Award|
|Deidra Russell||Cost Control||Standing Ovation Award|
|Lucnise Ulysse||Photo Shop||Money Marker Award of the Year|
|Fedeline Julien||Kids Camp||Pace- Setter of the Year|
|Jean Pierre||Watersports||MVP of the Year Award|
|Rayon Wiggan||Front Office||All- Rounder Team Member of the Year|
|Simone Woodfine||Bar||Diamond Team Member of the Year|
|Juniel Olivar||Cost Control||Platinum Team Member of the Year|
|Misland Costume||Grounds||People’s Choice Award|
|Monalisa Missick||Human Resources||Heart of the House Award|
Millions to come from FSC
#TurksandCaicos, March 17, 2023 – Revenue from the Turks and Caicos’ Financial Services Sector will more than double in the next few years, if E Jay Saunders, Deputy Premier and Finance Minister gets his way. It ‘s one of the reasons the country is investing so much capital into getting off of the EU blacklist and becoming a secure trustworthy financial destination.
“The FSC’s revenues for 2020/21 was $10.5M— the figures for 2021/22, would be about similar,” he said. He further explained that $10.5 million from the FSC represented about 2.6 percent of the country’s 408.5-million-dollar revenue. Though it increased to $14 million in the 2021/22 financial year, finance is still a small fry compared to tourism or even stamp duties but that will change, says Saunders.
“My revenue goal for the Government by the year 2029 [or] the election after the next election – is $500M. By that time, I want the financial sector (FSC) revenues to represent at least 5% ($25M). So that’s my goal for the financial sector by 2029.”
This goal, should it be met, would increase the Government’s revenue by 100 million dollars, a significant increase in spending power for local upgrades and improvements for Turks and Caicos residents and visitors.
Saunders says it’s time for the TCI to diversify its sources of revenue to make sure that what happened in the COVID-19 pandemic, which saw residents out of a job for months, will not happen again. Tourism now makes up around 80 percent of the country’s GDP. The Minister of Finance wants to push that down to 60 or even 50 percent.
Debrief on Haiti Caribbean heads visit
#Haiti, March 17, 2023 – When a CARICOM delegation visited Haiti earlier this month, conspicuously absent was the Turks and Caicos Islands despite being one of the nations most directly affected by the multi-dimensional crisis there. There is no comment, as yet from the Premier, to say why this was the case.
Still, from the expedition, CARICOM heads of Government have informed that there will be lobbying in Africa for assistance in Haiti. They say they have decided that the best course of action for the Caribbean country is to bolster the Haitian National Police and act as intermediaries with Africa and the world. The decision follows a one day visit on February 27th, and a March 5th meeting chaired by the Bahamas.
CARICOM says during the trip delegates ‘met with a broad range of Haitian stakeholders to hear their views on the way forward to a Haitian-led solution’. With that in mind it has made a decision on how to proceed.
“The Heads of Government agreed to support the Haitian National Police in their efforts to address the security situation. The focus of the Community will be the provision of training for the HNP and the provision of humanitarian assistance to HNP and the wider Haitian society, taking into account the challenging humanitarian and security situation”
It’s not clear yet where and how this training will take place. Also distinctly absent from the report, no more mention of boots on the ground from other countries despite CARICOM Member States indicating they were ready and willing should it come to that.
In addition, recognizing ‘the common historical experiences and the strong African-Caribbean relationship’ CARICOM says,
“Heads of Government also agreed to seek support from African countries for Haiti. They also agreed to work with the Governments of Canada and the United States as well as the UNDP”
Magnetic Media has reached out to the Premier’s Office to get a full debrief of the February 27th visit (led by Jamaica; including The Bahamas and Trinidad and Tobago) to learn of Turks and Caicos’ posture following the critical sessions.
New ASHLEY’S LEARNING CENTRE CONCERT
#TurksandCaicos, March 17, 2023 – Musicians from the New World Symphony will be in the Turks and Caicos in concert next month and residents are invited to attend in support of the future of Ashley’s Learning Center.
A fairly young orchestral academy based in Miami, the New World Symphony was launched in the 1980s by 1987, Michael Tilson Thomas and Ted Arison,Carnival Cruises founder. From the 1500 applicants who vie for a spot each year, the symphony accepts around 35 music graduates annually for training fellowships.
A select few of those graduates will be in country on April 8th headlining at the Ashley’s Learning Center concert ‘We’re all in this together’. The concert which also feature local artistes will be held at Brayton Hall on Venetian Road from 6 pm to 8:30 pm
Tickets are available ON ISLEHELP $75 PER GENERAL SEAT $125 PER PREMIUM SEAT $195 PER GALLERY SEAT – with /FREFRESHMENTS.
For TICKET RESERVATIONs you can call: 649-341-2304 or email EVENTS@ASHLEYSLEARNINGCENTER.ORG
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