RESTARTING TCI CRUISING WORKSHOPS

Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos, November 23, 2021: The Ministry of Tourism, Environment, Fisheries and Marine Affairs, Culture and Heritage, Agriculture, Religious Affairs and Gaming along with the Ministry of Finance, in collaboration with Carnival Corporation invite the cruise industry of Grand Turk to pre-register for the ‘Restarting TCI’s Cruising’ workshops slated for November 30th to December3rd, 2021. 

These sessions are a part of the Government’s and Carnival’s commitment develop and maintain partnership with local operators. The sessions are designed to meet the needs of operators and also create awareness regarding business opportunities within TCI’s Cruise Industry.

The ultimate goal is increased visitor satisfaction as local involvement and investment in the industry by vendors and service providers is also increased.

Hon. Josephine Connolly, Minister of Tourism stated that, “The cruise industry plays an essential role in the economy. Grand Turk has seen a significant amount of socio-economic and environmental benefits from the industry.  We have seen the fisherman become dive operators and return to the same during the pandemic.  So, the dynamics of the industry is obvious.  As we prepare for the restart of cruising it is vital that we position our tourism product along with the sphere of the best of the best, and nothing less.  We are grateful of the support of many of the facilitators and partners.”

November 30, 2021    – Opening Ceremony

December 1, 2021       – Partnering with the Cruise Industry

December 2, 2021       - Investment and Business Development

December 3, 2021       - Maritime and the Cruise Industry (vessel owners, captains and crew only)

The workshops will comprise of hospitality and tourism including shore excursion operations, retail and general business development.

Please note when registering only vessel owners, captains and crew are allowed for Day 3. Persons are encouraged to register based on their interest. To register kindly click here https://tinyurl.com/st6xuuy All Covid-19 protocols will be strictly enforced.

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GRAND TURK CRUISE ASSISTANCE PROGRAMME UPDATE

The Turks and Caicos Islands Government on 15th November 2021, opened its application portal to accept online submissions from eligible Grand Turk Businesses involved in the Cruise- Tourism Sector; many of whom were impacted by the economic fallout emanating from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Government, is aware that in some cases, persons seeking to upload their information through the portal may be experiencing an error message.

In the event you are experiencing an error message stating that “this site is closed since May 2021,” please clear the cache on the machine you are using or use a different machine, as this portal is still currently active and will be until Friday November 26th. Please be reminded that applications will be received online by the Turks & Caicos Islands Government at the site address https://Stimulus.gov.tc until 26th November 2021; unless otherwise directed.

Also be reminded that the Grand Turk Cruise Assistance Programme aims to provide eligible Grand Turk businesses only with a one-time payment, ranging from $3,500 to $10,000.  The policy aims to address the following areas for assistance for the targeted categories:

  • Necessary plant and or infrastructure repairs.
  • Staff training.
  • Upgrade of business software.
  • Digitalization of business processes.
  • Purchase of business equipment and supplies.
  • Enhance business image standards.

Any questions concerning this application may be directed to the Turks & Caicos Islands Government  via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Applicants are reminded that incomplete applications will not be processed.  Therefore, it is important that you ensure that you read the instructions on how to fill the application to understand clearly what is needed, inclusive of the evidence to be provided.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome as soon as possible following the submission of their applications. Successful applicants will receive an approval letter issued by the Turks and Caicos Islands Government. A single payment will be made by the Grand Turk Government Treasury directly to the applicant via cheque. The approved applicant will be required to present photo identification showing either BOTC or Turks & Caicos Islands status.

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Reminder - U.S COVID-19 Entry Requirement

The Ministry of Tourism wishes to remind the traveling public of the United States entry requirement to take effect 8th November 2021.

In accordance with the U.S policy all non-US citizens who are non-immigrant (not a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, lawful permanent resident, or traveling to the United States on an immigrant visa), over the age of 18 must show proof of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to entry; this is in addition to the testing requirement currently in place - which requires travelers to produce a negative COVID-19 test result within three days of travel.

The general public is encouraged to take every measure to be protected against COVID-19 and to adhere to the recommendations by the Ministry of Health. The Ministry of Health continues to provide and administer COVID-19 vaccinations to eligible persons, those who are eligible are strongly encouraged to consider being vaccinated.

There are limited exceptions to the entry requirements, travelers are encouraged to visit the CDC website where full details and further information regarding entry requirements can be found:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html

https://www.dhs.gov/news/2021/10/29/frequently-asked-questions-guidance-travelers-enter-us-land-ports-entry-and-ferry

 

Eco Warriors Host Nationwide Cleanup Campaign with Stakeholders

On Saturday, 30th October 2021, Eco Warriors, an Environmental Youth Group based in Providenciales, hosted a Nationwide cleanup campaign.  The goal of the cleanup was to engage young people to protect the environment and mainstream environmental education.  The campaign was dubbed a success: as HJ Robinson High, Grand Turk collected 70 bags, Raymond Gardiner High, North Caicos collected 63 bags, and Louise Garland High in Providenciales collected 23 bags.

Mr. Luis Serpas who is currently a Marine Biology Major at the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College and President of Eco Warriors commented, “The future lies in the hands of our youth and we must educate them on the immensity of taking care of the earth because there is no future without an earth”.

The overall goal of Eco Warriors is to focus on Sustainable Development Goal 13 with an emphasis on Environmental Sustainability and Climate Action.

The Hon. Rachel Taylor, Minister with responsibility for Youth Affairs commented, “It is important to continue the encouragement of partnerships with youth groups and other stakeholders to ensure sustainable development for the future. It is also essential to instill in young people the importance of community service. Through the Department of Youth Affairs, the current Youth Policy encourages youth led initiatives to create an awareness related to Climate Change and Environment Sustainability”.  

Thanks to all stakeholders who played an instrumental role, building partnerships to ensure that Turks and Caicos is Beautiful by Nature. The cleanup campaign would not have been a success without The Department of Youth Affairs, The EG Youth Centre, Rotaract, Grace Bay Car Rentals, The National Trust,  The Department of Environment and Coastal Resources and our various high schools.

This environmental movement will be an annual effort to educate our youth, our future stewards of the earth.

Note: Eco Warriors led by Luis and Jeffrey Nicholas, host weekly cleanup campaigns on Providenciales in collaboration with Rotaract. Should you want to volunteer or start a weekly cleanup movement on your island, reach out to Mr. Luis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

TCI Delegation attends COP26

Friday, 05 November - The Ministry of Tourism, Environment, Fisheries, Maritime Affairs, Culture & Heritage, Agriculture, Religious Affairs and Gaming, represented by the Hon. Minister Josephine Connolly and Director Lormeka Williams, from the Department of Environment & Coastal Resources (DECR), are currently attending the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (also known as COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, UK. 

 

The summit has brought parties together, including the UK Overseas Territories (UKOTs) Association Delegation, to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. While in Glasgow, the Hon. Minister has had access to the 'Blue Zone', the UN-managed space that hosts the negotiations and brings together delegations from 197 countries. The Zone was the venue for the World Leaders' Summit on November 1st & 2nd. On November 6th the Overseas Territory delegation (which includes the Turks & Caicos Islands) will host an event for Nature and Land Use Day. The event will explore how the UKOTs are taking action to counter and mitigate the effects of global warming and how they are safeguarding precious marine environments. 

 

Honourable Minister Connolly engaged at the highest level, with her Caribbean counterparts, on topics which include reopening strategies and tourism-related impacts and the way forward as it pertains to COVID-19, as well as issues of sustainable financing for climate change resilience for island-states. 

 

"For the future, we must shift to sustainable development and mainstreamed resilience practices, and arm ourselves with the data, expertise, and modelling required to understand how Climate Change will impact our society and environment. We need improved comprehension of increased impacts of flooding, intense heat, drought, and storms, and regional realities like Climate Change-induced migration. To mainstream Climate Change resilience, we need expertise, and capital and recurrent funding, while at the same time not sacrificing other vital conservation projects and programmes. ", said Hon. Minister Connolly. 

 

At COP26 countries are being asked to come forward with ambitious 2030 emissions reductions targets (NDCs) that align with reaching net zero by the middle of the century. This is particularly pertinent to the Caribbean region as island-states, including the Turks & Caicos Islands, find themselves on the frontline of the impacts of climate change. Coral reefs, vital to our economy, are less resilient to disease and our reefs are more susceptible to bleaching impacting the overall biodiversity of our marine ecosystems. We are most vulnerable to the increase in sea levels and are starting to see the impacts on our communities as land stability is threatened on a daily basis. Each year we face more intense storms, with hurricane season arriving earlier and ending much later. 

 

The conference is the 26th Conference of the Parties  (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the third meeting of the parties to the Paris Agreement. It is being held in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, between 31 October and 12 November 2021, under the presidency of Rt. Hon. Alok Sharma.

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