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TCHTA Delegation Attends CHTA Marketplace 41 in Barbados



#TurksandCaicos, May 19, 2023 – The Turks & Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association (TCHTA) made a fantastic showing at the CHTA Caribbean Travel Marketplace in Barbados.

Set in the capital city of Bridgetown, Marketplace 41 was a thrilling convergence of the region’s vibrant tourism product on full display for travel buyers from all over the world.

This year, the Turks & Caicos delegation included TCHTA executives and members, Honourable Josephine Connolly, Minister of Tourism, and team members from the Ministry of Tourism and Tourist Board.

Caribbean Travel Marketplace, produced by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), is a highly anticipated regional event and is no typical tradeshow. The 3-day showcase includes a Travel Forum, Media presentations, and a bustling showroom floor. The region’s tourism sector is positioned to share its vast offerings to global buyers, and hear from leaders on the state of the industry and the CHTA’s goals for the growth of the regional product.

As the region’s most significant and largest marketing event, Marketplace remains an important date on the calendar for many TCHTA member properties. H20 Life.Style.Resort, Ocean Club Resorts, Royal West Indies, Sailrock Resort, Seven Stars, The Palms, The Sands, and The Shore Club were among those in the busy showroom at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.

First-time attendee, Julie Boulet of H20, shared, “As a new boutique hotel, it was important for us to be a part of this event and present our beautiful product to the industry”. Julie continued, “Marketplace was a wonderful experience and a great opportunity to meet amazing people from the hospitality industry and grow our network. We are in communication with many different companies, and already working on partnerships.” When asked if H20 would attend the event in the future, Julie confirmed, “It was our first, but it will certainly not be our last!”

Marketplace 41, hosted by the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc and the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association, saw many unforgettable inclusions – an address by beloved Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley, and their first-ever drone show being high on the list.

“One could hear a pin drop as the Prime Minister addressed the room,” said Stacy Cox, TCHTA CEO. “Her words and admonishments were poignant and ideal for where we are in tourism as a region today.” Cox said Mottley presented the tourism leaders with a solemn charge, “‘Will we be shapers or takers?’ This is what she asked everyone in the room to give introspection to,” Cox recounted. “She encouraged us not to settle for business as usual, but to use the advancements available to focus on the sustainability that our countries will need in order to lessen their external dependencies for the benefit of the people, and the generations to follow.”

Another critical segment of Marketplace is the robust press contingent the event attracts. Media from Barbados and the Caribbean, Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, and Latin America were in attendance this year.

Honourable Josephine Connolly introduced journalists to the newly-launched “Experience Turks & Caicos” Destination Marketing and Management Organization (DMMO), now poised to take the country’s brand to the next level.  Flanked by Permanent Secretary Wesley Clerveaux and TCHTA CEO Stacy Cox, the Minister wowed the packed room as she described the vision of connecting the global travel community with the intimate side of the Turks & Caicos experience.

By all accounts, attendants have left Marketplace 41 energized and poised for a strong year ahead. “What a spectacular weekend this was!” shared Karen Whitt, CHTA Marketplace Chair and TCHTA Marketing Chair. “Industry suppliers and buyers are all very excited. As usual, Turks & Caicos is the buzz, and I’m happy that our presence is felt every year. With the important negotiations and connections that are made at CHTA Marketplace, it would be a disadvantage if Brand TCI was not represented”.

When asked about the overall experience with this year’s host country, Whitt said, “Phenomenal. Just phenomenal! We must congratulate the BTMI and BHTA teams for a well-planned and beautifully executed event. So many unforgettable moments prove the Caribbean is heads above the rest in tourism. The culture and warmth of the people were on display in Barbados, and we cannot thank them enough for hosting.”

Whitt shared that TCHTA member and leading airline interCaribbean Airways was a first-time Platinum Sponsor for the prestigious event. “interCaribbean is celebrated regionally for their remarkable accomplishments. It was wonderful to see them displayed everywhere as a platinum sponsor this year. The country should certainly be proud.”

Jamaica was announced as the host country for CHTA Marketplace 42 which takes place in Spring 2024.

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Director of Sports attends General Assembly American Sports Council – Cade 2023 



#Cartagena, Colombia, 30th May 2023 – Director of Sports Jarrett Forbes, attended the General Assembly American Sports Council CADE 2023 held in Cartagena Colombia.  The three-day conference commenced on Wednesday, 3rd of May and continued through Friday 5th May, 2023.  Sports leaders from thirty-plus countries from across South America, Central America, North America and the Caribbean were represented.There were four meetings held during the three-day period: CONSUDE (Meeting for South America); CONCECADE (Meeting for Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean); CADE (meeting with South America, Central America and the Caribbean and North America) and Ibero – American Sports Council (Meeting with Spanish and Portuguese Speaking Countries in the Americas).Amongst the topics discussed were: best practices in hosting major games such as the Pan-American Games in Santiago Chile 2023 and its projected legacies; Transformation of Recreational Sports and Active Living through Active Management; Empowering our Athletes Beyond Medals; Differential approach in Sport, an approach towards an inclusive public policy; the commitment and social benefits of physical activity in schools; Para – Olympic sports; resumption of sports challenges post-pandemic and anti-doping in sports.  

The Director of Sport, Mr. Jarrett Forbes had the opportunity to meet with a number of sports leaders in the region representing the various governments as well as executive members of various sporting bodies and representatives from UNESCO and the World Anti-Doping Agency. 

Mr. Forbes stated, “I was very delighted that the Turks & Caicos Islands had participated in a sports assembly of this magnitude, consisting of sports leaders from the North American Region, Central & South American Regions, and the Caribbean. The topics and presentations were extremely beneficial for the TCI. Many countries shared their approach to utilizing sports to combat crime and violence while others saw the benefits of sports to reduce the sedentary lifestyle in their countries. The benefits of sports are so immense. Member countries expressed how sports improved their GDP; provided opportunities for sustainable growth and development; promoted peace and inclusion; and there was a common position amongst member countries to utilize sports as a tool for sustainable development and growth.” 

Concluding the General Assembly, a common position for the future of sports in the Americas was taken with a final declaration and bilateral agreements of the CADE Assembly 2023.  


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CARPHA Observes World No Tobacco Day, says Heart disease & Cancer due to TOBACCO leads to 47% of deaths



May 30, 2023 – Tobacco use remains a major public health concern in the Caribbean Region. There is no safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke. The use of tobacco products in any form harms nearly every organ of the body, irrespective of whether it is smoked, smokeless, or electronic.  Of all the forms of tobacco use, most common in the Caribbean region is cigarette smoking.   Cigarette smoking is the number one risk factor for lung cancer. Using other tobacco products such as cigars or pipes also increases the risk for this disease.

Second-hand smoke exposure causes stroke, lung cancer, and coronary heart disease in adults; and acute respiratory infections and severe asthma in children. It is a preventable risk factor for non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which are the leading cause of death, disease and disability among Caribbean people.

This year, World No Tobacco Day focuses on Grow Food, Not Tobacco. This campaign advocates for ending tobacco cultivation and switching to more sustainable crops that improve food security and nutrition. The campaign observed annually on 31 May, also informs the public on the dangers of direct use, and exposure to tobacco.

In the Caribbean Region, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are the leading cause of death and disability – 76.8% of the total deaths (non-Latin Caribbean, excluding Haiti) were due to NCDs in 2016. Cardiovascular diseases 30.8% and cancer 17.2% are the leading causes of death due to NCD, both linked to tobacco use. Many of these persons die in the prime of their lives before the age of 70 years old. The prevalence of smokers for overall tobacco products ranged from 57.2% prevalence (95%CI 48.4 to 65.4%) to 16.2% (95%CI 11.2 to 23.0%). According to the Report on Tobacco Control in the Region of the Americas (2018) Caribbean countries have the highest levels of tobacco experimentation before the age of 10.[1]

Dr. Joy St. John, Executive Director at the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) “Smokeless does not mean harmless.  Nicotine in e-cigarettes is a highly addictive drug and can damage children’s developing brains.  Children and adolescents who use e-cigarettes at least double their chance of smoking cigarettes later in life.  Preventing tobacco product use among youth is therefore critical.  It is important that we educate children and adolescents about the harms of nicotine and tobacco product use. We must work to prevent future generations from seeing such products as “normal”.”

In 2008, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) endorsed the recommendation to ban smoking in public spaces.  Later, in 2012, CARICOM regulated a standard for labelling retail packages of tobacco products with health warnings. Caribbean civil society organisations (CSOs), working in collaboration with local governments and international partners, have led the charge in fighting for significant gains in tobacco control in the Caribbean region.

Dr. Heather Armstrong, Head, Chronic Disease and Injury: “At CARPHA, we believe that reducing the harm caused by tobacco use requires a collective approach, where government, civil society, and the individual play a critical role. CARPHA promotes the prevention of tobacco use in all forms and commitment to the WHO FCTC. The focus on tobacco control deals with the youth of the Region.   Children and adolescents who use e-cigarettes at least double their chance of smoking cigarettes later in life.”

The Chronic Diseases and Injury Department of CARPHA provides leadership, strategic direction, coordinates and implements technical cooperation activities directed towards the prevention and control of NCDs in CARPHA Member States. CARPHA’s message for prevention of tobacco product use has spread across its Member States.

In 2018, CARPHA in partnership with the University of the West Indies (UWI), Global Health Diplomacy Program at the University of Toronto, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), and the Healthy Caribbean Coalition evaluated the Port of Spain Declaration to learn which mandates helped to prevent and control NCDs. Taxation, smoke-free public places mandate, and mandatory labelling of tobacco products are some of the leading policies making the biggest impact on reduction of tobacco use in the Caribbean regions.

CARPHA urges Member States to work together to prevent and reduce the use of all forms of tobacco products, and scale-up efforts to implement their commitments under the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).  By doing so, the negative impact of smoking and its consequences on the health of our people, especially the younger generation, and the tremendous burden on the economies of the countries in our Region, will greatly be reduced.

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Updates to the Proposed Development Will be Discussed at a Supplemental Public Consultation 

on Thursday, June 8, at Queen’s College



#NASSAU, BAHAMAS, May 25, 2023 – Royal Caribbean International has published the first public consultation report for the development of its Royal Beach Club at Paradise Island as part of the stringent assessment required by The Bahamas’ Department of Environmental Planning and Protection (DEPP). The report addresses questions received throughout the public consultation process, during and following the public consultation meeting held in September 2021, covering topics from environmental impact to economic opportunity created by the new development.

The government of The Bahamas and Royal Caribbean agreed to postpone the publication of the report while the economic proposal for the development was under renegotiation, which concluded earlier this year. Publication of the the report follows an approval-in-principle by the National Economic Council, subject to appropriate due diligence.

After discussions with DEPP and noting the company has reduced the site plan from 20 acres to 17 acres, the cruise line, in conjunction with DEPP,  has scheduled a supplemental public consultation to be held on Thursday, June 8, 2023, at 6:30 p.m. EDT at Queen’s College to discuss the existing Environmental Impact Assessment (submitted to DEPP in December 2020) and share updates to the proposed development. The additional consultation will provide the public the opportunity to comment and ask questions about the project.

“Royal Caribbean has made six key environmental commitments in the development and operation of the Royal Beach Club at Paradise Island that exceed nearly all similar land-based development projects. These include: zero waste-to-landfill, achieving 100% renewable energy production by 2030, best-in-class wastewater treatment, no dredging, protecting and enhancing the surrounding habitats, and local environmental monitoring during construction and operation,” said Jay Schneider, Chief Product Innovation Officer, Royal Caribbean International. “We value the engagement of the community and look forward to sharing these details, among others, at the upcoming supplemental public consultation.”

Further details on the project can be found at

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