REPORTED IMMIGRATION SICK OUT

On Sunday 5th November 2017, several Immigration Officers stationed at the Providenciales Airport, reported that they were unwell and could not attend work. Management immediately took control of the situation and called on Immigration Officers from elsewhere in the Department to manage the entry of persons into the country. Officers from the Task Force, FBOs and an Officer from North Caicos responded to the call and were able to report to the Airport for duty before the arrival of International Flights thus avoiding disruption to the processing of passengers. 

Management will further engage with staff who reported being unwell to determine the underlying cause of such action and will work speedily to resolve any and all challenges.

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Invitation - Tourist Accommodation (Licensing) Ordinance, 1979 Consultation

Ministry of Tourism, Environment, Gaming, Heritage and Culture

Turks & Caicos Islands Government

Pond Street, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands

Telephone: (649) 338-3059 Fax: (649)-946-2192

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Dear Stakeholders,

Invitation - Tourist Accommodation (Licensing) Ordinance, 1979 Consultation

The Ministry of Tourism, Environment, Heritage, Culture & Gaming is inviting public feedback on the proposed changes to the Tourist Accommodation (Licensing) Ordinance, 1979 which seeks to address longstanding issues as it relates to lack of adherence to provisions outlined in the Ordinance and loss of government’s revenue. 

In addition to correcting these deficiencies, the amendments aim to:

o To amend the language of Section 2 - Definition of Lodging;

o To amend current language of Section 16 - Penalties;

o To amend current language of Section 17 (3)- License Fee;

o To amend current language of Section 4 - Board may grant license;

o To propose new Inspection Fee.

The Ministry aims to regularize its relationship with Airbnb through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). This is not an uncommon position, as many other countries have done so. As we attempt to address issues of revenue and maintenance of quality and standards with Brand TCI.

So far, the growth of Airbnb both locally and internationally is unprecedented and cannot be ignored. Many of us are aware of the potential Airbnb has for revenue generation as a source of income for both individuals and the country. A partnership arrangement with TCI would seek to garner global recognition and assistance needed in order to get our industry back on path.

The Ministry of Tourism is gravely concerned that if left unregulated, there can be fall out. To mitigate against this risk, we are proposing several changes to the ordinance and regulations. These proposed changes we believe are sufficient to give the TB the authority it needs to inspect premises and hold persons accountable to adherence of the law.

As a Tourism stakeholder your views, comments, and suggestions are critical to the progression of any proposed amendments. As end users it is important that we have your cooperation to be sure of any measure of success.

With this in mind, we are asking you to peruse the attached list of proposed changes with your knowledge and experience of and with Airbnb, and respond to the questions outlined:

  1. Do you consider these changes as warranted? (Yes/No). Please respond separately for each question.
  2. If you said yes to any, please explain your response. (e.g. Fees too high, or too low, etc.)
  3. Are they sufficient to address your concerns regarding Airbnbs? (Yes/No)
  4. If your response is no, to question 3, please list areas of concerns you believe are not covered in the proposed amendments?

The Ministry of Tourism, in its efforts to foster partnerships with Airbnb and other core stakeholders is convinced that this intervention will be a catalyst for the industry’s growth in its ability to provide assurances of quality standards and compliance with local and international legislation.

Consultation Period – October 17th to November 16th, 2017 

Ways to respond:

1) By email to correspondence documentation on TCIG website and Tourist Board website This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2) Face to face engagements with stakeholder groups by invitation.

Source documents are accessible on the Turks and Caicos Islands Government website at web address www.gov.tc or, Turks & Caicos Tourism website, www.turksandcaicostourism.com

We look forward to your attendance.

 

Respectfully,

 

Mrs. Cherylann Jones

P/S MOTECHG

 

Enclosed are the following for your perusal:

  1. Copy of the Tourist Accommodation (licensing) Ordinance 1979
  2. Copy of the proposed changes to the Ordinance

 

 

Reopening of SNAP Center Providenciales

The Special Needs Unit within the Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services announced the reopening of the SNAP Center, Kew Town, Providenciales on Monday 6th November, 2017.

 

The SNAP Center (Special Needs Association of Providenciales) in Providenciales provides intellectual and life skills opportunities for children and young persons with disabilities between the ages of 4-24 years. 

 

The SNAP Center was damaged by the passage of hurricanes Irma and Maria and has subsequently been closed for repairs. The Ministry appreciates the commitment of corporate partners such as the Seven Stars Community Foundation who have completed refurbishment to the building including the roof, ceilings and interior walls in addition to the surrounding environment prior to the return of students. 

 

The SNAP Center was formally adopted by the Seven Stars Community Foundation in 2016 and even prior to this it has worked closely with the Foundation to help provide a stimulating learning environment for its students.

 

Ms. Yolander Forbes, Human Resources Director at Seven Stars Resorts & Spa, stated that her team is 100% percent committed to the SNAP Center, ensuring students are given the opportunity along with the necessary adaptive equipment. She also applauded the staff and teachers for their extraordinary dedication and commitment to their students.

 

The Ministry also wishes to thank the Public Works Department and Environmental Health Department for their assistance in ensuring that the center was ready to receive students.

 

The Director of Special Needs, Ms. Betty-Ann Been stated; "It has been rewarding to see the completion of the repairs and the return of the students to classes."
 
She also thanked the parents of the SNAP Center students for their patience while the works to the school were being completed. She further encouraged other parents to visit the school where so much is being accomplished.

 

Let us remember that "Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence" Helen Keller.

 

For more information concerning the SNAP Center contact 941-3187.

 

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