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TCREA Ambassador Launches Revolutionary Mentorship Program for Turks & Caicos

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#TurksandCaicos, April 29, 2022 – The Turks & Caicos Real Estate Association (TCREA) has announced a pioneering initiative to shape the next generation of real estate gurus for the country.

In a forum with local media, a dynamic group of industry stalwarts and trendsetters shared that local high school students aged 14-17 will now get a first-hand look at the burgeoning real estate domain here in Turks & Caicos through the TCREA Real Estate Mentorship Program.

Led by TCREA Ambassador, Mr. Trevor Musgrove, the initiative seeks to educate school-leavers on the advantages of becoming a part of one of the country’s foremost industries which has seen remarkable growth throughout the years and has recently enjoyed record-breaking numbers even amidst a global pandemic.

The Committee is an impressive one and boasts a group of the most accomplished, internationally celebrated, and experienced brokers and realtors in the game: Blair MacPherson of REMAX; Nina Siegenthaler, Manfred Smith, and Richard Sankar of Sotheby’s; Vernica Delancy and Dedra Gray of Keller Williams; and Sean O’neill, Musgrove’s partner in Turks and Caicos’ newest real estate firm, The Agency.

Sharing more about his decision to launch the initiative, Musgrove stated, “Mentorship is something I truly care about. As a young boy growing up in North Caicos, I could never have predicted that this is where I would be. But I can tell you with certainty that I am where and who I am because of people who took the time to steer me in the right direction when I shared my dreams and goals with them.

“It is said that to whom much is given, much is required. I am a firm believer that one of the most important things you can do is to provide an open door to those who wish to see their own dreams realized and are willing to work hard to do so.”

He continued, “Each of the real estate professionals that have graciously volunteered their time to this initiative encompass what the spirit of this program is all about. Some of these individuals were the ones I looked up to and have emulated, and we will continue to do the same for more young men and women here in Turks and Caicos.”

Musgrove says that the program is much more than an introduction to an expanding and lucrative industry. It will allow youngsters to see the side of Turks and Caicos that appeals to the ‘movers and shakers’ of the world. It is his hope that after going through the program the teens will have a better appreciation of their country and will understand why it is a captivating and award-winning destination, and why so many seek to make it a second home.

The Minister of Education, Honourable Rachel Taylor, was also present for the grand announcement proudly declaring the Ministry’s endorsement of the program.

“I was delighted to receive Mr. Musgrove’s communication that this mentorship program was being developed, as it aligns perfectly with one of the key pillars set out in our National Youth Policy.

“I understood that the group’s initial plans were to share this opportunity with students on Providenciales only, for logistical reasons. I believe that this is an experience that should be extended to all high school students in the Turks & Caicos Islands, and I promptly requested that Mr. Musgrove disseminate this information to Grand Turk, North Caicos, and South Caicos with a commitment that my Ministry will provide the necessary transportation for successful Sister Island applicants to travel to Providenciales for their in-person mentorship sessions.

“It is my hope that all eligible students will take advantage of this outstanding opportunity which I and my Ministry are proud to endorse and support.”

“I must point out that our National Skills Audit of 2017 speaks to the soft skills gaps in the areas of Problem Solving, Critical Thinking, Analytical Skills, Communication, Team Building and Customer Services. I am elated that this TCREA Mentorship Program seeks to develop and harness these areas as we prepare our youths to become productive citizens of this country.

“This program is indeed in line with our Youth Policy which incorporates 7 pillars. Pillar 1 speaks to Enhancing Youth Economic Participation and Economic Empowerment. This youth led initiative will aid in promoting the concept of workplace learning as they use the workplace as a learning space through this Mentorship opportunity. This program will bridge the gap in supporting school-to-work transition initiatives for the cohorts of students who may have an eye for Real Estate,” said the Minister.

The TCREA Mentorship Program will run from May to December of this year, culminating in a special retreat. Mentees will receive educational modules at the start of each month and will come together with Mentors at the end of the month to engage in interactive sessions putting their education to practice. These in-person sessions will take shape in office meetups, open house visits, and other exciting activities.

Applications for enrollment into the program were sent to high schools just before the Easter break, with the final day for submissions slated as Friday, April 29th 2022. Musgrove says this first group will be capped at 10 students, as they wish to ensure a personal experience for all involved. He is confident the program will be continued by future TCREA Ambassadors and will grow in size from year to year.

 

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Experience Excellence at the 2024 Christie’s International Real Estate Masters Circle & Agents Summit

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June 24, 2024

 

We are thrilled to announce our participation in the prestigious 2024 Christie’s International Real Estate Masters Circle & Agents Summit, set against the iconic backdrop of Beverly Hills. This remarkable event represents an unparalleled opportunity for our team to immerse ourselves in a treasure trove of educational resources, cutting-edge tools, and invaluable networking experiences.

At this summit, we will be at the forefront of the latest developments in the luxury real estate sector. We are eager to learn from industry leaders and experts, gaining insights that will enable us to elevate our services to new heights. From innovative marketing strategies to state-of-the-art technology, we will be exploring a myriad of ways to enhance our clients’ experience.

Connecting with our global network and the foremost figures in the luxury real estate world will allow us to exchange ideas and collaborate on best practices. This global interaction is essential for us to continue to provide our clients with exceptional service, informed by the latest trends and global market dynamics.

The knowledge and connections we gain from this event will not only empower our team but also reinforce our commitment to delivering excellence in every aspect of our business. By attending the Masters Circle & Agents Summit, we are not just investing in our growth but in the continued satisfaction and success of our clients.

We look forward to translating this enriching experience into unparalleled service and extraordinary results for our esteemed clientele. Stay tuned as we bring back the finest insights and innovations from Beverly Hills, setting new standards in luxury real estate.

Thank you for being part of our journey. We are dedicated to exceeding your expectations and achieving new milestones together.

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Three Generations Bring Books to Life at Oseta Jolly Primary School

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 Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, June 12, 2024 — What could be better than a Reading Road Trip experience where vacationers get to visit a local school to read to children? A Reading Road Trip featuring three generations of family members! This unique experience recently unfolded when travel agent and Chairman’s Royal Club (CRC) member Renee Rice and her family vacationed at Beaches Turks and Caicos.

A key highlight of their vacation was the highly anticipated visit to Oseta Jolly Primary School. In honour of the school’s 50-year anniversary, the family donated approximately fifty (50) pounds of school supplies. Renee was joined by her husband Bruce, daughters Cheyenne, Brigitte, and Marily, and grandchildren Kyla, Kinsley, Banks, Jackson, and Evey. The group was also accompanied by a team of Sandals Foundation ambassadors.

This is just one of many contributions Rice and her family have made to schools in the Turks and Caicos, their home away from home. These generous donations have been facilitated through the partnership between the Sandals Foundation and the U.S.-based nonprofit Pack for a Purpose initiative. This partnership allows guests staying at Beaches or Sandals resorts to bring educational supplies for local communities, making a meaningful impact.

The donated items included pencils, folders, crayons, markers, washable paint, and activity pads. Vice Principal Sharonica Grant accepted the items on behalf of the school, expressing her gratitude. “We thank you for visiting us to help us celebrate our golden year. Your time with us is invaluable. Our students had a blast during the reading sessions, and they will continue to benefit from the school supplies after you’re gone,” she shared.

Marilyn Burke, one of Rice’s daughters and a Special Education Coordinator for the Oxford City Schools in Alabama, chose to read to the Special Needs class with her daughter Kinsley. In line with the Sandals Foundation’s theme of promoting food security and healthy nutrition, they spent time teaching the children about the benefits of eating fruits and vegetables. Special Education teacher, Tevynn Lewis remarked, “my children always enjoy having visitors, and we are always happy to welcome people from our community who are willing to share with our children. It was evident that they enjoyed the stories that were shared.”

A heartwarming moment occurred when eight-year-old Evey James took charge of a group of six kindergarteners, reading to them, explaining concepts, and guiding them through their worksheet and colouring activity.

Orville Morgan, Public Relations Manager, was thrilled with the success of the event. “I am happy we were able to make this Reading Road Trip a reality despite the unfavourable weather earlier in the day. The students enjoyed the visit, and the family has already formed bonds with the children, promising to return next year. These are the moments that I live for. I was particularly impressed by how well the teens and grandkids handled themselves. They were very much in control of things while being patient and comical in their interactions,” he noted.

For 15 years, the Sandals Foundation has positively impacted communities across the Caribbean through the pillars of education, community development, and environmental conservation. The Rice family’s visit to Oseta Jolly Primary School is a testament to the lasting and meaningful connections that can be formed through such initiatives.

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Header: Oseta Jolly vice principal Sharonica Grant (3rd right) accepts the gifts from Renee Rice

1st insert: These boys share a keen moment with their work sheet

2nd insert: Evey James, grand daughter of Renee Rice goes through the paces with students during one of the activities at the Oseta Jolly Primary School

3rd insert: One of the students at the Oseta Jolly Primary shares his creative skills with one of Renee’s granddaughter

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Minister of Tourism leads delegation to CTO Caribbean Tourism Week in NYC

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MoT and Experience Turks and Caicos sponsor Smart Destination Management Luncheon, Experience Turks and Caicos Co-Chair interviewed on CBS News

 

Minister with Stacy and Donna

PROVIDENCIALES, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS (June 18th, 2024) – Minister of Tourism, the Hon Josephine Connolly led a delegation comprising representatives from the Ministry of Tourism, Experience Turks and Caicos and the Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association to the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s (CTO) Caribbean Week in New York from June 17th to 21st.

The delegation comprised Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Mr. Wesley Clerveaux, Assistant to the Minister, Ms. Leandrea Missick, Mr. Alvin Hegner, co-Chair of Experience Turks and Caicos Ms. Trina Adams, Chief Marketing Officer of Experience Turks and Caicos, Ms. Laura Dowrich, Public Relations Manager of Experience Turks and Caicos and Mrs. Stacy Cox, CEO of the Turks and Caicos Hotels and Tourism Association.

This year’s Caribbean Week was centred around the CTO’s 35th anniversary theme “Connecting the Globe, Celebrating Diversity” and included events designed to spark conversation aimed at driving development within the Caribbean tourism industry.

Interviews at media market

Experience Turks and Caicos and the Ministry of Tourism sponsored the Smart Destination Management luncheon on the final day. In her welcome address at the luncheon, Minister Connolly spoke of Experience Turks and Caicos’ use of data to drive strategies and inform the tourism industry in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

“Our vision for Experience Turks and Caicos is to be a trailblazer in the realm of Smart Destination Management. While we are still in the nascent stages of this journey, our aspirations are clear and compelling. We aim to harness the power of technology, innovation, and collaboration to enhance the visitor experience, protect our natural and cultural assets, and ensure sustainable growth for our islands,” she said.

Speakers for the discussion were Nicola Madden-Greig, President of the Caribbean Hotels and Tourism Association, Jeremy Jones, Corporate Director, Resort Operations, Jamaica, Sandals Resorts International, Carl Gordon, Director, Government Strategies Growth, MasterCard and Chelsea Collier, Founder, Digi. City.

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While in New York, Experience Turks and Caicos Co-Chair Mr. Hegner was interviewed on CBS News on the issue of the five Americans who were held for the possession of ammunition.

Mr. Hegner reassured the American public that the relationship between the Turks and Caicos Islands and the US remains strong and the destination remains welcoming and peaceful to all.

Mr Hegner also welcomed the removal of the mandatory minimum 12-year sentence for persons guilty of firearm offenses.

On Friday, June 14, 2024, the House of Assembly unanimously approved the bill, which clarifies that where the court finds exceptional circumstances in cases of illegal possession of firearms and/or ammunition, they can impose a fine, a custodial sentence, or both a fine and a custodial sentence.  The amendment was put in place to address marginal cases of exceptional circumstances for both residents and visitors and ensure the sentence is proportionally consistent with those circumstances.

Header: Min of Tourism, the Hon Josephine Connolly with TCI delegation

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