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Grand Turk Awarded Caribbean’s Best Beach Port

Porthole Cruise Magazine announced the winners of the 21st Annual Readers’ Choice Awards on November 1, 2019 and revealed Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands as winner of the 2019 Best Caribbean Beach Port category.

Porthole Cruise Magazine is the world’s leading cruise-travel magazine. Award winners were determined by thousands of readers and online fans of Porthole Cruise Magazine, who voted for their favorites in 51 cruise-related categories.

Commenting on the achievement, Acting Director of Tourism Mary Lightbourne stated, “The Turks and Caicos Tourist Board is elated that the destination has received yet another accolade and we’re especially proud that this award recognizes our cruise product. Our cruise sector continues to grow and in 2018 there was a 23% increase in cruise visitor arrivals. Cruise arrivals accounted for the majority of the destination’s visitor population last year. Therefore, it is important for us to focus on this sector and continuously enhance our product and the visitor’s experience in order to convert cruise passengers to stay over visitors. This award underscores the work that the Tourist Board has accomplished as it relates to marketing and positioning Grand Turk as a premier cruise destination. I extend my appreciation to our Tourist Board team and to all of our industry stakeholders including tour operators, restaurants, vendors, Carnival Corporation and the Grand Turk community who work hard to create enjoyable and memorable visitor experiences. We are continuously working to make necessary improvements however this award is welcomed motivation”.

The winners of the 21st Annual Readers’ Choice Awards will be published in the November/December 2019 issue, which hits newsstands November 12, as well as online at

“I always look forward to seeing the results of our Readers’ Choice Awards because our readers are discerning travelers who have stunningly high standards for every part of the cruise experience,” said Bill Panoff, publisher and editor-in-chief. “For Grand Turk to be voted the Best Caribbean Beach Port in the 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards speaks volumes about the quality of Grand Turk’s beaches and the ability of the island to exceed our readers’ expectations.”

Porthole Cruise Magazine is published bimonthly and offers thought-provoking stories and inspirational photography on topics from ship reviews and cruise destinations to life on board and activities on shore.

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