A team from the Ministry of Tourism, Environment, Heritage & Culture, accompanied by the Minister Hon. Ralph Higgs, members of the DECR & Public Works departments, District Commission and the National Trust, embarked on a series of site visits on the Twin Islands, North and Middle Caicos on 3rd & 4th, May 2017.
Following a recent capital project, the team deployed to the islands for a firsthand assessment of the proposed sites which has been earmarked for development within this Financial Year. The projects comprises of the construction of a Promenade and Craft Market (including a sisal museum), interpretative signage and revamping of heritage and ecological interest sites under the remit of the Turks and Caicos National Trust.
Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism, Cherylann Jones, and Deputy Secretary, Michelle Fulford-Gardiner, utilized the opportunity to visit departments and project falling within the auspices of the Ministry.
The visit was a successful one, as the main objective was to garner an understanding of the day to day operations, challenges and constraints experienced by the departments, as well as facilitating the upgrade of core visitor attractions. Management will continue with the familiarization tours of the departments and sites in the ensuing months with the ultimate goal of providing assistance and support to the departments.
Hon. Higgs commented that; “The Ministry was able to meet the staff and get firsthand knowledge of the sites, and the challenges they face. We will make every effort to ensure that these islands receive the attention they need to promote key players in our tourism industry.”