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Sky High Tickets on American Airlines

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By Deandrea Hamilton & Dana Malcolm

Editorial Staff

 

#TurksandCaicos, October 13, 2022 – An astronomical surge in the cost of airline travel during October on American Airlines has Turks and Caicos residents looking to other carriers for a more reasonable rate.  But there is more about which to be concerned than just switching airlines in order to get the US… firstly there is a confidence the Turks and Caicos as a tourism destination can feel about the high demand for a TCI Vacation but on the flip side, the price of the airline ticket could be off-putting to travelers signally the islands are simply out of reach financially.

On American Airlines, it is thousands more dollars to travel to Providenciales than the other hotspots in the Caribbean region.  Our newsroom ran the comparison ourselves and found, travel in early October to the Turks and Caicos costs as much as $2,000 to $6,000 plus round trip – and that’s for seating in the main cabin.  When we crosschecked the cost on American to Nassau, Bahamas – the price was under $500; flying to Montego Bay in Jamaica on American bottoms out at $430; going to Barbados on American Airlines, that flight is steep at just over $900 but still far less than the $6,135 we were fed in flight search last night if you wanted to fly American to Providenciales during mid-October.

Tourism officials are aware and have reached out to American Airlines about the unsettlingly high airline ticket prices.  Josephine Connolly, Minister of Tourism for the Turks and Caicos Islands informed AA had agreed to adjust the ticket costs.  It was the same comment from Executive Director of the TCHTA Stacy Cox.

A more recent check on the ticketing from American Airlines website showed rates still in the thousands of dollars.

A passenger seeking a round trip ticket on American from Miami this Friday October 14 in the main cabin would have to pay $4,138 for a 15 hour journey with one layover.

The prices fluctuated significantly but most of them were above the $4,000 dollar mark.

Demand and sold out flights have been listed as the reason for the astronomical spike in airline tickets to Providenciales.

TCI Tourism officials are unhappy about the rates but seem helpless to do anything about it.

Travel Pulse on Wednesday reported international airfares are expected to average $795 for a roundtrip flight during the upcoming holiday season. That’s up 25 percent from 2019 and due largely to inflation.  Thankfully, American Airlines tickets begin to plummet in pricing once you get to November; air travel to Provo via AA in early November ranges from $300 to $700 and by December, the cost of roundtrip tickets is between $600 and $1000.  Still if you book on October 1st… you would have to pay around $2,469 for the nonstop 1 hour 54-minute flight linking Providenciales to Miami, Florida.

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It’s the 10GB of Christmas with Digicel

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#TurksandCaicos, December 1, 2022 – Digicel rewards customers with more this Christmas and all throughout 2023 with 10GB any use data every month.

The holiday season is a time for being thankful, so Digicel has taken on an attitude of gratitude and is thanking customers by rewarding them with more from now until the end of 2023.

Through Digicel’s exclusive Christmas plans, customers will get 10GB of data every month, for all of 2023, when they buy and stay on the plan. This also goes for new customers who have bought a SIM and/or those who take advantage of the Ultimate Christmas Combo to get a brand new discounted Samsung A23 smartphone and Christmas plan.

Customers can look forward to more data; more minutes; more rewards and prizes with Pick & Win in the MyDigicel app; more speed, reliability and coverage on the fastest network; and more savings and discounts on our devices and SIMs.

Addison Stoddard, CEO of Digicel Turks & Caicos said, “We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again, it’s the Christmas that keeps on giving at Digicel, so we’re offering our customers the gift that keeps on giving when they sign up and stay on any of our Christmas plans; whether it be a 3, 7 or 30 Day Prime Plus Bundle. Every month, new and existing customers who activate a Christmas plan this holiday season will get 10GB any use data, on us, when they remain on the plan all year long. For us, it’s all about continuing to put our customers first, and thanking them for every interaction they have with us.”

Customers can also win more in the MyDigicel app through Pick & Win, the new gamified way to be rewarded for any interaction with Digicel. Whether it’s switching to join the Digicel family, buying a plan, or paying bills in full and on time, customers will get the chance to Pick & Win lots of cool prizes

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USVI Natural Resources Dept tackles illegal sand mining

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By Shanieka Smith

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#USVI, December 1, 2022 – Recent reports of people taking large amounts of sand from beaches illegally have been on the increase in the US Virgin Islands.  The Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) is urging citizens to refrain from doing this.

The DPNR announced that those found guilty could be charged a fine of $10,000 daily.

While they are unaware of what the illegally mined sand is being used for, the DPNR said it cannot be used for construction.

“In seawater, chloride is present, causing corrosion of steel and iron, which ultimately leads to reducing carrying capacity, so that the structure built using this may not be sustainable,” the DPNR said.

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Cruise Trippers bought big with Carnival Cruise Line on Cyber Monday

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By Dana Malcolm

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December 1, 2022 – Cyber Monday isn’t just for electronics!  Potential vacationers broke a Carnival Cruises Cyber Monday record for bookings, purchasing 50 per cent  more tickets than 2019’s pre-pandemic shopping day.

The cruise line announced the record bookings on Tuesday, November 29th.

The company cited a successful launch campaign of the new Carnival Celebration which visited Grand Turk recently and the three additional ships joining the fleet over the next 18 months, as major ticket pushers.

“The Cyber Monday sale activity showed consumer demand across the fleet, and we were particularly pleased with the booking activity for Carnival Venezia’s new year-round service from New York, and our new extended six-month program for Carnival Magic out of Norfolk,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.

“Our very successful naming ceremony for Carnival Celebration on November 20 and all the media coverage it generated clearly kept Carnival top of mind as vacationers got started on their holiday shopping yesterday.”

They say the pent-up demand for cruising has manifested in multiple ways in 2022, as Carnival was the first major cruise line to have its entire fleet back in operation and it now has more rooms than it was sailing in 2019.

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