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Petition gaining traction slowly as it tries to ‘Stop the DMO’

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Shanieka Smith & Deandrea Hamilton

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#TurksandCaicos, April 21, 2023 – A number of residents in the Turks and Caicos Islands disagree with the recent change which dismantles the TCI Tourist Board and introduces the Turks and Caicos Destination Marketing & Management Company.  They are so opposed, a petition is now in circulation and it hopes to ‘Stop the DMO’.

Bylaws to establish the DMMC were signed at the Office of the Premier on Friday April 14, nearly two dozen tourism and travel executives were on hand to sign the documents with Government.  The petition has many signatures too, more than half of the 200 is it looking to secure to drive home the point that many people are not in support of the new tourism entity.

The petition was organized by Jamela Mitchell, who believes “the DMO will erode our cultural values and traditions.”

The petition expressed a concern that the DMO will not only be harmful to the livelihood of the community but also put “significant pressure” on the islands’ natural resources. It aims to gain the attention of the Government to ask for reconsideration.

As of April 20, 207 signatures have been added to the petition. That is 207 residents who believe a more “community-led approach to tourism management,” would be ideal.

The petition also explained it believed the DMO’s marketing style would negatively impact the authenticity of the Turks and Caicos tourism experience.  It was said the DMO would promote a “homogenized” and “commodified” version of the islands’ culture for “mass tourism” which the author fears will limit opportunities for smaller operators in the industry.

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PAHO Calls Americas to Increase Aedes aegypti Mosquito Control

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Rashaed Esson

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#PAHO#Dengue#Americas, February 23rd, 2024 – With nearly seven thousand cases of dengue and 102 deaths reported in the Americas as of early February 2024, the Pan American Health Organization is once again calling for stronger measures to control the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the main transmitter of dengue. These numbers indicate a 157 percent increase in cases over the same period in 2023.  In the first five weeks of 2024, Peru, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Costa Rica, French Guiana, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay reported an increase in cases.

 

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Dark Tourism Efforts in Jamaica – Colonial sites Preservation

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Rashaed Esson

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#DarkTourism#Jamaica,February 23rd, 2024 – British Colonial sites in Jamaica like Georgian plantation houses and slave infrastructure, are being preserved as slavery monuments to boost what authorities are calling the “Dark Tourism” industry. According to reports, Dark Tourism refers to tourists visiting places marked by historical tragedy. For Jamaica, the history of Britain’s 300-year rule will be explained at the preserved sites. Tourism minister Edmund Bartlett says work is being done with the ministry of Culture and the Jamaica National Heritage Trust.

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Bahamas as Caribbean top 2024 Spring Destination

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Rashaed Esson

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#Bahamas#Tourism, February 23rd, 2024 – The Bahamas has been categorized as the most popular Caribbean destination for travel in the upcoming spring season by travel insurance company Squaremouth, in a new report. It was the only Caribbean nation to make the list for the top 10 destinations. The report is derived from travel insurance purchases made through Squaremouth.

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