#TurksandCaicos, June 6, 2022 – The Turks & Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association marked the achievement of 30 years as an organization with an electrifying ‘birthday’ party that delivered an unforgettable experience for all in attendance.
Embracing a “Casino Royale” theme, the TCHTA and event host, The Shore Club, spared no detail ensuring guests’ senses were delighted from arrival to departure.
With elegant black and gold décor, the TCHTA transformed The Shore Club’s courtyard and ballroom into a night that seemed to have jumped directly out of a 007 movie scene. Menu cards in tuxedo napkins; tables decorated with signature sweets, poker chips, and casino themed centerpieces; gift bags with token chips and playing cards depicting the TCHTA’s signature programs and specialized thank you cards all lent to the feel of the impeccably designed ball room.
The décor was merely the tip of the iceberg. Partygoers enjoyed a night of spectacular live entertainment with a diversity not regularly seen. The evening’s acts included the Heat Wave Band, Beaches Entertainment Troupe, the Caicos Cabaret Girls, and David Bowen, encompassing numbers such as “Big Spender”, “The Anatomy of a Vegas Entertainer”, “Smooth Criminal”, “Burlesque”, and one of the 007 franchise’s signature hits, “Skyfall”.
Still, the magnificent acts were not the highlight of the evening. During the event, The TCHTA debuted a special video series documenting some of its past and present figureheads including Joe Zahm and Chloe Zimmerman – members of the association’s original Board of Directors back in 1992.
Gala attendees were wowed by the reminiscent tales of times past; the defining moments that were pivotal to Turks & Caicos becoming the coveted destination it is today. With photos of the original Providenciales International Airport, Dora’s Restaurant, the Allegro and more, the feeling of pride in the country’s achievements rose in the room to a near palatable level.
Throughout the night, toasts to the association by HE Governor Nigel Dakin, Acting Premier, Hon Ejay Saunders, Minister of Tourism, Hon Josephine Connolly, and TCHTA President, Trevor Musgrove, were delivered. Emcees O O’brien Forbes (dubbed “Agent Double-O-F” for the night) and Mary “Ziggy” Fulford kept guests on their toes with delightful banter, contests, and giveaways.
The event did not stop there! Exiting the ball room, attendees were welcomed to enjoy photo taking with the signature backdrop and 360 booth, try their hand at ‘fun play’ Poker, Blackjack, or Roulette with Casablanca Casino, and to dance the night away with the Heat Wave Band. The icing on the cake in the Courtyard was the themed dessert bar with a smorgasbord of casino and “Bond” styled cakes and treats, and a jaw-dropping firework display that illuminated the sky and was the perfect accent to this extraordinary affair.
TCHTA Marketing Chair Karen Whitt shared her delight as the success of the event, “We cannot thank everyone enough for their outstanding support of this night. We hope that each person that shared this time with us felt the care and pride placed into pulling this night together. This was much more than celebrating a milestone, it was an opportunity to honour every person who has played a part in the inspiring history of the Turks & Caicos tourism industry. Collectively, this country has accomplished so much in a short space of time. That was not happenstance; it was because of the love, commitment, and dedication of so many, and we are grateful to be able to take this moment in time to say, ‘thank you’.”
Though the night brought the organization’s anniversary year to quite a climax, the TCHTA says they are not done yet. Said Stacy Cox, CEO, “We want to remind the community that the celebration of our 30th year as an organization doesn’t stop here. At the beginning of 2022, we shared that we will commemorate this milestone all year long and would engage the community to celebrate with us along the way. Our signature programs will take on an alignment with the theme of 30 years, and we have a special community day planned for later in the year as well. Our community giveaways will also continue, so we encourage everyone to be sure they are following our social media accounts as we share updates there.”
The TCHTA’s year-long commemoration began in January with a virtual launch. Live FB shows, scavenger hunt giveaways, and a special Earth Day initiative have all been executed as a part of the organization’s robust anniversary calendar.
TCHTA President, Trevor Musgrove said, “We cannot thank our members enough for their support of the gala, and all the initiatives we have set forth this year. As I shared with those in attendance on Saturday, I feel quite privileged to be the sitting President at such a monumental time in the TCHTA’s history. The organization has shown its dedication to the industry and the country for these past three decades, and we will continue to work toward even greater accomplishments in the decades ahead.”
The association extends special thanks to the vendors that helped make this remarkable night a reality: the Management and staff at The Shore Club, the TCHTA office team, Lemens Welch of Visual Storytelling, Wymara Resort, Amanyara Resort, The Sands, Casablanca Casino, SOS Media, and the Clement Howell High school teachers and volunteers.
The stunning video series enjoyed by the audience at The Shore Club will be released via the TCHTA’s website and social media platforms.
Register of Interests of the Members of the House of Assembly
#TurksandCaicos, September 29, 2023 – The Integrity Commission advises that the Register of Interests for Members of the Turks and Caicos Islands House of Assembly, as at 31st December 2022 has been completed.
Members of the House of Assembly are required by the Turks and Caicos Islands Constitution, Section 103(2), and the Integrity Commission Ordinance (the Ordinance), as amended, Section 52(1), to file with the Commission, Statements of Registrable Interests. The Commission would, therefore, like to inform members of the public that, it has compiled the information contained in these Statements of Registrable Interests and has produced The Register of Interests 2022 for the Members of the House of Assembly, as at 31st December 2022.
The Register of Interests 2022 is now available for public inspection at the following locations:
- House of Assembly in Grand Turk
- Office of the Premier – Grand Turk and Providenciales
- Office of the Integrity Commission – Grand Turk and Providenciales (during the hours of 8:30am to 4:30pm from Mondays to Thursdays and 8:00am to 4:00pm on Fridays.)
- Office of the District Commissioner – Middle Caicos, North Caicos, Salt Cay and South Caicos.
The Register can be viewed at these locations during normal working hours or at a time that is convenient for the respective offices.
For further information or any assistance please contact the Integrity Commission:
By telephone at: 946-1941(Grand Turk Office) or 941-7847 (Providenciales Office) By e-mail at: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Grand Bahama to be CARGO HUB, as Bahamas & Qatar ink MOU
#TheBahamas, September 29, 2023 – With moves to deepen ties, governments of The Bahamas and Qatar have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to solidify agreements in principle surrounding the development of aviation and other related services.
This is according to Chester Cooper, The Bahamas Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, Investment and Aviation in a Facebook post.
This comes after The Bahamas Government in a press release on September 24th, revealed that Cooper, was set to meet with the head of Qatar Airways to have talks regarding “multiple mutually beneficial aviation opportunities for both countries.”
The release also said the deputy prime minister and the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investment and Aviation are working on “forging strategic partnerships with several Middle Eastern countries to strengthen ties to The Bahamas and the Caribbean,” and this new signing is indicative of such efforts.
Following the September 25th signing, on September 27th, Kenneth Romer, Deputy Director General of Tourism for The Bahamas informed via Facebook some details of the agreement saying, “we have now established a framework for cooperation and formed strategic partnerships with Qatar Airways, Qatar’s Transport, Aviation and Investment Agencies and The Qatar Aeronautical Academy, that will benefit our country.”
Regarding further efforts for the improvement of The Bahamas, Cooper announced on Facebook again on Tuesday September 26th that both countries are working to make Nassau a passenger hub for Latin America and the Caribbean adding that talks are being held for Grand Bahama as a cargo hub.
Additionally, as the press release informed, Cooper is preparing for an on ground visit of Bahamasair domestic operations by Qatar Airways Technical team sometime in October.
Guyana to build regional food hub
#Guyana, September 29, 2023 – Guyana is making moves to become the primary food production center for the Caribbean, going ahead with plans to develop a USD$14 million regional food hub.
In fact, as reported by the Observer, the facility has already been identified on the country’s Soesdyke /Linden Highway.
“We want Guyana to be the food hub, the primary production hub of the Caribbean so that we could supply the Caribbean. What we have, our colleagues in the Caribbean don’t have. We have arable flat land and abundant fresh water,” he said, adding that with the multi-million dollar US investment, the country can, “modernise the infrastructure, and start ramping up the productions.”
Also, the Agriculture Minister pointed out that the project is geared to make for a more competitive local Agriculture industry as well as developing high-yielding varieties, pest-resistant and climate-resilient varieties.
Additionally, in the facility’s development, Guyana, Mustapha said, will work with Belize.
In fact, with more on Belize’s involvement, Dr. Ashni Singh, Finance Minister, informed that the Government is in talks with the Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley about sourcing inputs from northern Brazil and transporting them through Guyana to Barbados and vice versa.
Singh also reportedly revealed that the project will help develop the growing logistics industry in Guyana.
Considering regional food import cost, with this development, Guyana is the leading Caribbean Community country pushing ahead with plans to reduce the multi-billion dollar regional food import bill by 25 per cent by 2025, the Observer says.
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