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TCI Tourism Officials on Second Qtr Arrivals Report

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, August 2, 2017 – Providenciales – The overall performance of the destination for the first-half of 2017 is supported predominantly by a noted rebound in the cruise sector.    In fact, Grand Turk has just been named a Top Rated Eastern Caribbean, Bahamas & Bermuda Cruise Destination in Cruise Critic’s 2017 Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards.   The awards are given based entirely on consumer feedback submitted on the Cruise Critic website over the past year. Consumers rated the Grand Turk port for attractions and activities available within walking distance of the ship, the shopping, and the beauty of the beach.   While this upturn is very encouraging, there is still need for much improvement in the cruise sector.   The Tourist Board expects the cruise sector will continue to hold strong for the second half of the year.As the destination enters the off-peak season (summer), the slight decline in stopover arrivals experienced in the month of June is of vital interest. According to CTO, travel to the Caribbean is expected to slow somewhat this year, following a mixed 2016 in which hotel performance was generally down but arrivals from most key markets were up.    For the first time in recent years, the destination recorded a decline in its largest source market. Several trends/ factors may have affected this including:  The Trump Effect – Americans are choosing to ‘Make America Great Again’ by opting for staycations over international travel. Travelzoo’s  Spring 2017 Travel Trends Survey (Feb. 2017), finds that nearly 60% of Americans will travel domestically for their primary vacation this year.   Additionally, a recent survey by Skift, the largest industry intelligence platform providing media, insights and marketing to key sectors of travel, 42% of Americans aren’t taking a vacation this summer.American travelers are also showing an interest in long weekends to Europe, with new low-cost carriers like WOW Air and Norwegian offering the most competitive fares to Europe in recent history – $500 or less.  Nonetheless, we are optimistic that stopover arrivals throughout the summer months, and the second half of the year, will remain stable in comparison to last year.    The ease of accessibility and frequency of flights from most major gateways in the U.S. makes the Turks and Caicos attractive for the last-minute vacation planners who will book trips in the coming days.We are thrilled to see increased arrivals from all other source markets for the first-half of 2017 and we are optimistic that these numbers will remain steady throughout the remainder of the year.Press Release: Ministry of Tourismlast_img read more

Man in custody for businessman beating

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, August 24, 2017 – Providenciales – Police have reported that they have a suspect in custody, believed responsible for so badly beating Colin Jimbollalla Williams this past Sunday.    Williams had to be airlifted to Jamaica, he was reported as paralyzed on one side of his body. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img

Toto driver shot dead by friend in Ichhapore

first_imgKolkata: A toto driver was shot dead at Ramnagar in Ichhapore. Police have initiated a probe to apprehend the accused persons.According to police sources, Jayanta Sarkar, a resident of Anandamath area in Ichhapore was returning home with his friends in an inebriated state. Sarkar was walking with a stick in his hand and accidentally the stick hit a glass object of a roadside shop, resulting in breaking of the glass.Immediately, the owner of the shop came out and both party got involved in an altercation. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAll of a sudden a person from the Sarkar’s end, pushed the shop owner. As he was pushed, he hurled expletives at Sarkar’s group. Hearing it, a friend of Sarkar identified as Avi took out a fire arm and fired a shot aimlessly in the dark. The bullet hit the upper belly portion of Sarkar.He fell on the road bleeding profusely. Seeing him down on the road, others fled the scene. Some locals recovered Sarkar and took him to B N Bose Sub-Divisional Hospital where Sarkar was declared brought dead. Later, Sarkar’s family members lodged a complaint with Noapara Police Station against Avi and others.Police started a case under section 302 (murder), 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code and 25, 27 of the Arms Act. No one has been arrested till Thursday night. Sleuths suspect that Avi might have previous criminal record. They will also find out if Sarkar has any previous criminal record.last_img read more

Bengal has emerged as one of the top tourist destinations Goutam Deb

first_imgKolkata: State minister for Tourism Goutam Deb said the development in the tourism sector has helped Bengal emerge as one of the most favorite tourist destinations for not just domestic tourists but also international tourists.Deb was addressing a gathering at the Indian Chamber of Commerce on Thursday morning. He said the Bagdogra airport has recorded the highest growth rate of traffic in India. Already 26 acres have been provided to the Airport Authority of India and plans were afoot to provide 110 acres more. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseA comprehensive development project at an estimated cost of Rs 500 crore project will be taken up soon. Several other airports in Balurghat, Coochbehar and Burnpur are also coming up. He said the state government has 43 homestay facilities and is coming up with many other tourist destinations. The state government aims to come up with 100 more homestay facilities making Bengal, the state with maximum tourist attractions. He mentioned of the three projects in Public-private partnership (PPP) taken up by the government in Bhorer Alo Gajoldoba, Jharkhali in Sunderbans, and western banks of Hooghly. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata Atri Bhattacharya, principal secretary, Tourism said an investment that is capable of creating one job in the heavy manufacturing sector, can actually create around 8 to 10 jobs in the services sector with tourism being the leading one. He said: “While the entire world is going gaga over experiential tourism, we in India forget that we are actually living some of the finest experiences that should be leveraged to boost the tourism sector.” Mayank Jalan, the Sr vice-president of Indian Chamber of Commerce, welcomed the guests and stated that India has huge potential across various spheres of tourism and Bengal. Kolkata in particular has the potential to become the hub of MICE tourism thanks to its low cost of operations, rich culture, heritage, lineage of art and poetry, proximity to South East Asia, he said. He said the state and Central government should come together for development of tourism and generate income and employment.last_img read more