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PROVIDENCIALES, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS (May 27th, 2024) – Experience Turks and Caicos is hailing its recent participation at the Caribbean Hotels and Tourism Association’s Caribbean Travel Marketplace 42 as a tremendous success.

Minister of Tourism, the Hon Josephine Connolly

Experience Turks and Caicos was a Destination Partner for the annual event which took place from May 21st to May 23rd at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Montego Bay, Jamaica this year.

The Turks and Caicos Islands delegation was led by Minister of Tourism, the Honourable Josephine Connolly, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Mr. Wesley Clerveaux, co-Chairman of Experience Turks and Caicos Mr. Alvin Hegner and CEO of the Turks and Caicos Hotels and Tourism Association (TCHTA), Mrs. Stacy Cox.

Experience Turks and Caicos stamped its presence with one of the largest pavilions in the Marketplace. The pavilion emphasised the multi-island destination, showcasing the beauty of the islands – South Caicos, Grand Turk, North and Middle Caicos, Salt Cay and Providenciales – with a backdrop designed by local graphics team Out of the Box Advertising. The pavilion was designed and built by Altruism Solutions Limited.

The pavilion drew a lot of attention and attracted many visitors including Jamaican Minister of Tourism, the Honourable Edmund Bartlett, Anguilla’s Minister of Tourism, the Honourable Hadyn Hughes and the Bahamian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, the Honourable Chester Cooper.

Over the course of two days, the Experience Turks and Caicos team, which also included Chief Marketing Officer Ms. Trina Adams and Public Relations Manager Laura Dowrich-Phillips, engaged in over 30 meetings with suppliers, media companies and airlines from all over the world eager to do business with the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Minister of Tourism, the Honourable Josephine Connolly expressed her satisfaction at the showing of Experience Turks and Caicos at Travel Marketplace.

“I am very proud of the work done by Experience Turks and Caicos to ensure the Turks and Caicos Islands was well-represented at the 42nd Caribbean Travel Marketplace. Together with several of our hotel partners, the destination had an impressive showing. Our beautiful pavilion stood out and was a clear signal that as the premier luxury destination in the Caribbean, we are investing heavily into marketing and promoting our destination to the benefit of all in the country,” she said.

Minister of Tourism, the Hon Josephine Connolly with Mr. Wesley Clerveaux, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and Mr. Alvin Hegner, co-Chair of Experience Turks and Caicos

The Minister delivered the feature presentation for the Turks and Caicos Islands destination briefing before a cadre of media representing 50 international publications. In her presentation, Minister Connolly spoke about the destination’s record-breaking arrivals for the year and the impending introduction of new airlift into South Caicos and Grand Turk.

Mr. Alvin Hegner, co-Chair of Experience Turks and Caicos said with the DMMO fully functional, it was important to communicate to the travel community that the business of tourism in the Turks and Caicos is in capable hands.

“Our showing at Caribbean Travel Marketplace gave many a boost of confidence in our brand and we held meetings with several businesses in the tourism and travel space who are eager to partner with us as a result. The Turks and Caicos Islands continue to be the go-to destination for thousands of visitors and we are continuing to develop our product to ensure we deliver value for money,” he said.

The Turks and Caicos Islands representation was enhanced by the presence of our hotel partners – The Hartling Group, Sail Rock Resort, Salterra Resort and Spa, The Tides, Villa Del Mar, The Strand, Seven Seas Resort, Royal West Indies Resort and Ocean Club Resort.

The 42nd Caribbean Travel Marketplace is said to have had a record participation of 1200 delegates from 50 countries and saw 1,274 appointments scheduled.


Header Photo Caption:  From left: Mr. Wesley Clerveaux, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Ms. Trina Adams, Chief Marketing Officer of Experience Turks and Caicos, Ms. Laura Dowrich, Public Relations Manager, Experience Turks and Caicos, the Honourable Josephine Connolly, Minister of Tourism, Ms. Stacy Cox, CEO of the Turks and Caicos Hotels and Tourism Association, and Mr. Alvin Hegner, co-Chairman of Experience Turks and Caicos

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Tim and Henry to the Rescue: A Harrowing Search and Rescue Mission Highlights Need for Marine Vessel in Grand Turk



#TurksandCaicos, July 12, 2024 – At approximately 2:45 pm on July 12th, a 911 emergency call came in from the police department in Grand Turk, informing Ed Forbes of a distressing situation. Four young adult tourists had gone out on paddle boards off Cork Tree Beach in Grand Turk, when one of them fell off the board and could not get back on. Evidently, they underestimated the wind speed and their own brute strength.

Ed Forbes, co-owner of Exclusive Escapes Grand Turk, played a pivotal role in coordinating the rescue. Responding swiftly to the emergency call, he immediately reached out to the local search and rescue team. His prompt actions and calm demeanor were instrumental in mobilizing the necessary resources.

Within 20 minutes or so, Tim from Emerald Escapes, along with Henry and Kindry from Blue Water Divers, were on the scene. Their experience and swift response were crucial in ensuring the safety of the stranded paddleboarders. Working seamlessly together, they managed to locate and rescue all four individuals without any need for medical attention.

However, this incident also underscores a critical issue that has long plagued Grand Turk: the need for a dedicated marine vessel for search and rescue operations and cruise passengers incidents. Despite numerous promises made to concerned citizens over the years, this vital resource remains unavailable.

The swift response of Tim, Henry, and Kingdry highlights the community’s resilience and dedication, but it also brings to light the gaps in emergency preparedness that could be addressed with better equipment and support.

A dedicated marine vessel would significantly enhance the efficiency and safety of rescue operations, ensuring that responses to such emergencies are even more effective.

Ed Forbes
Concerned Citizen

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Invest TCI Opens New Office in Grand Turk





Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – July 11th, 2024—Invest Turks and Caicos Islands (Invest TCI) proudly announces the launch of its new office in Grand Turk, located at the Digicel Building on Old Airport Road. The grand opening of the new location occurred on Friday, July 5th, 2024, under the theme “Empowering Enterprises in the Capital.”

The establishment of the new office marks a significant milestone in Invest TCI’s growth strategy. The primary objective of the expansion is to provide enhanced services and support to the business community in Grand Turk. By increasing operational capacity, Invest TCI aims to facilitate sustained growth and success for enterprises within the country.  Beyond economic advancement, this initiative is set to yield substantial community benefits, including the creation of employment opportunities.

The grand opening ceremony attracted a diverse range of attendees, including recipients of the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) programme, members of the business community, government officials, and Invest TCI staff. The event was moderated by Mr. Keno Forbes, Vice President of Investor Services. Special remarks were delivered by the Premier, Hon. Charles Washington Misick, who congratulated the InvestTCI team on their hard work and encouraged the community to take advantage of the benefits offered by the new office. He reiterated the government’s commitment to creating a supportive environment for businesses in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Additional remarks were provided by Invest TCI Chairperson, Ms. Cindy Ewing; Business Advisor, Ms. Lashena Simmons; Director of the Business Support Unit, Mrs. Anissa Adderley; and Vice President of SME, Ms. Alexa Cooper. Their contributions highlighted the collaborative effort and dedication that have driven the success of Invest TCI initiatives.

Expressing her enthusiasm for the new office, Invest TCI CEO, Mrs. Angela Musgrove, stated, “Our vision is clear and compelling: to further empower Invest Turks and Caicos Islands, the agency offers incentives and support that enable more efficient and innovative practices. We are committed to helping businesses thrive, and in doing so, we are helping our entire community.”

Invest TCI recognizes the integral role that Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises play in the economic and social development of the Turks and Caicos Islands. Through its Business Support Unit, the agency provides comprehensive support services to startups and existing entrepreneurs, ensuring they have the tools and resources to succeed.

The grand opening of the new office in Grand Turk represents a significant step forward in Invest TCI’s mission to support and empower businesses across the islands. The agency looks forward to fostering economic growth and development and ensuring a prosperous future for all.

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(Thursday, July 11th, 2024) Turk and Caicos Islands – The last of five American tourists arrested in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) for being in unlawful possession of  ammunition could finally leave the TCI today, Thursday, July 11th, 2024.

Sharitta Grier 46 pleaded guilty on 25th June to having two rounds of.38 ammunition in her bags, at the Howard Hamilton International Airport in Providenciales on Monday 13th May, 2024, when leaving the Turks and Caicos Islands after a surprised Mother’s Day vacation trip, from her daughters.

Her Ladyship The Hon. Ms. Tanya Lobban-Jackson agreed with senior defense counsel, Ms. Sheena Mair of F-Chambers that there are exceptional circumstancés in Grier’s case, by this, the court departed from the mandatory minimum sentence of twelve years imprisonment and ordered a lighter sentence of $1500.00 or Six months imprisonment if fine is not paid. She’s also sentenced to 23 weeks imprisonment suspended for one year.

Holding for the office of the Director of Public Prosecution via link was Dr. Angela Terry Brooks, deputy director of the DPP’S office.

The prosecution office did oppose exceptional circumstances and invited the court to impose the mandatory minimum sentence of twelve years imprisonment.

A more detailed court report will follow.

Wilkie Arthur
Court Correspondent
Eagle Legal News Media

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