The Turks & Caicos Islands Tourist Board in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, Environment, Heritage, Maritime, Gaming and Disaster Management commemorated the commencement of Tourism Environmental Awareness Month (T.E.A.M.) at a press conference on November 4, 2019 at the Office of the Premier in Providenciales. The Tourist Board will celebrate for the final year under the theme ‘Tourism Is Key, It Starts With Me’.
Senior officials of the Tourist Board including Chairman Adelphine Higgs-Pitter and Acting Director of Tourism Mary Lightbourne were joined by executives of the Hotel and Tourism Association to officially declare Tourism Environmental Awareness Month open.
During the press conference, the Clement Howell High School was announced as the winner of the annual Tourism Song Competition. The competition, which was issued to public and private high schools throughout the Turks & Caicos Islands, tasked students with composing an original song based on the theme ‘Tourism Is Key, It Starts With Me’.
Training Manager of the Tourist Board Ms. E. Blythe Clare used the occasion to announce the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s (CTO) Tourism Education for the Caribbean E-Learning Series. The E-Learning Series will be introduced to government primary schools in the Turks and Caicos Islands this year and to private primary schools in 2020. A copy of the educational software was presented to Minister of Education Hon. Karen Malcolm. The objective of the E-Learning Series is to create national awareness of the value of tourism as well as allow for the promotion and protection of the Turks and Caicos Islands and Caribbean’s identity and develop in its youth a sense of pride and confidence in projecting the unique image of the Caribbean.
Chairman of the Tourist Board Adelphine Higgs-Pitter touted the growth in visitor arrivals for the destination. She stated, “We had an overall 18% increase in visitors seeing 1.4 million arrivals in 2018 to our shores. Together with our partners and stakeholders we are committed to working to increase those numbers.”
Acting Director of Tourism Mary Lightbourne gave a brief overview of scheduled events and encouraged the public to join the Tourist Board as we journey throughout Turks and Caicos Islands spreading awareness of the importance of tourism. She assured the public that the Tourist Board team would be making an appearance on each Sister Island during the month. She further commented, “This is a period where we sensitize the population about the importance of our environment and tourism as we focus on sustainability and on our people, our product and our partnerships. It is our objective to create tourism and environmental awareness among our people that will positively improve the Turks and Caicos Islands for the pleasure and livelihoods of its citizens and the delight and comfort of our many visitors. At the same time, helping each other to understand and appreciate tourism and the impact it has on the Turks and Caicos Islands”.
The highlights of the Tourism Environmental Awareness Month calendar include:
- Tourism Fair at the Raymond Gardiner High School on November 12th from 10am to 2pm
- Tourism Fair at the Marjorie Basden High School on November 14th from 10am to 2pm
- Sustainable Tourism Symposium on November 19th (invitation only event)
- Youth Congress (Junior Minister of Tourism Competition) on November 20th at the Gustarvus Lightbourne Sports Complex beginning at 10am
- Turks and Caicos Islands Community College Open House on November 22nd from 10am to 2pm
Follow the Turks and Caicos Tourist Board’s public relations unit via its Facebook page ‘Turks and Caicos Tourist Board Press’ or Instagram @tcitbpr for updates and information on all T.E.A.M. events.