Tourism Workshop – Alexa Cooper-Grant, Innovation Director, TCI

Tourism Workshop – Alexa Cooper-Grant, Innovation Director, TCI

Tourism innovation in TCI started with a vision: “We envision becoming a country where the very mention of our name invokes images of peace, safety and security, a place where residents and visitors enjoy authentic experiences,” said Alexa Cooper-Grant, Innovation Directorr for TCI.

“Having successfully established an image as a luxury destination, the Turks and Caicos Islands has an opportunity to lead the way in the region and become the “new luxury” benchmark against which other destinations are measured.”

TCI’s tranquil, luxurious settings, where nature and protection of the environment are considered sacrosanct and sustainable development is pursued for the benefit of all our citizens, residents, investors and visitors.

The Turks and Caicos islands has built its innovation in tourism around three As: improving accessibility of the islands by accessibility – both air and sea, improving accommodation – hotels, villas and b and bs and improving attractions museums and art houses. 

Known for its outstanding pristine beaches – notably Grace Bay – TCI has created niche markets weddings, honeymoons, and water sports. It enjoys a reputation as one of the top 3 dive destinations in the world as well as offering kite boarding, paddle boarding and kayaking.

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Innovation for Tourism Growth Anguilla

Innovation for Tourism Growth Anguilla

OCTA Innovation Thematic workshop “Innovation for Tourism Growth” was held in Anguilla 11-12 of October. In was held in the Caribbean month of Tourism. However, it’s reach was global, having participants and speakers from all sides of world including French Polynesia and Wallis et Futuna, Pacific ocean Overseas Countries and Territories.

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Innovation for Tourism Growth

Innovation for Tourism Growth

Anguilla two days thematic workshop was held in line with OCTA Innovation’s mission which is to strengthen sustainable development through innovation for economic development and diversification, to improve regional and global competitiveness of the European Union’s Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs).

In most OCTs, tourism is a major opportunity for development and growth. But not any type nor visitor volume respond to the goals of the OCTs and their populations. Innovative and creative tourism activities, facilities and services as an effective way to compete in the larger international tourism marketplace have been discussed. Workshop initiated and highlighted relevance of tailored  innovative solutions, creative attractions and visitor services to be more successful in securing constant growth and overcoming geopolitical issues and natural disasters.

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OCTA Innovation Technical Assistance in the Creative Industry in TCI

OCTA Innovation Technical Assistance in the Creative Industry in TCI

Sectoral Study of the Creative Industries and Innovation in the Turks and Caicos Islands

OCTA Innovation in collaboration with the Department of Culture, on June 4th – 5th, hosted information gathering sessions with key stakeholders and entrepreneurs within the creative industry sector in the TCI. The sessions were steered by Mr. Jacques Grysole, visiting Consultant of OCTA Innovation and President, Expansion Strategies Inc. a Canadian based company.

The aim of the mission was to conduct a sectoral study on Creative Industries and innovation in the Turks and Caicos Islands which included:

  • Scoping and mapping on status and opportunities in the creative industry.
  • Identifying innovative actions which could be implemented in short and medium term to create jobs, to enhance the SME development and to diversify the economy.
  • Pulling out the actors and making synergy of different media and cooperation between content users and content producers.

Topics discussed were:

  • short profile of the industries sectors
  • strengths and weaknesses,
  • innovation opportunities and constraints
  • strategic orientations and
  • proposed action plan.

OCTA Innovation a dedicated project initiated by the Overseas Countries Territories, since implementation the TCI has benefited from various technical assistance support in addition to this TA support to the Department of Culture as steps are taken towards the formalization and recognition of the creative industry sector in the TCI.

Innovation Manager for TCI and VP SME Development, Invest Turks and Caicos, Ms. Alexa Cooper commented “Being able to secure the Technical Assistance through OCTA Innovation for the Department of Culture was extremely important. It is the first step in helping to identify the current state of the industry, the number of persons involved, the opportunities that exist and charting a way forward for improvements to and further development of the sectors. There are a lot of very creative and talented young minds in the TCI, providing an enabling environment that hone their skills and fosters entrepreneurship can be the catalyst to sustainable growth of another industry in the TCI.” 

Attending Day one session were Hon. Karen Malcolm, Minister for Education, Youth, Culture and Library Services, Permanent Secretary Mr. Wesley Clerveaux, Director of Culture Ms. Ludwina Fulford, Director National Trust Ms. Ethyln Gibbs-Williams, Museum Representative, Mrs. Candianne Williams and Mr. David Bowen, former Director of Culture. Day Two session accommodated the entrepreneurs within the various industry sectors. Participants were Crystal “Tess” Charles, Daphne Forbes, Delphine Scott, Emily Malcolm, Jean Taylor, Esher Parker, Hezron Henry, Andy Williams (DJ Shakes) and David Bowen along with the Department of Culture Director and staff.

Commenting on the session Hon. Karen Malcolm stated “I am extremely pleased that we were able to partner with OCTA Innovation to meet with and discuss things to move the Creative Industry along.  The discussions have been very robust and have brought a number of challenges being faced to light but we were also able to come up with several solutions that will help to put our artisan community in a much better standing.  We recognize that for some time now, not enough attention has been placed on this industry. However, we are renewing our commitment to providing the necessary support by way of the Department of Culture and other such stakeholders. “

The creative industry covers sectors such as; Heritage, Museums, Theatres, Music, Fashion, Design, Film, television and radio, Interactive digital media (IDM), Books, Print Media, Digital Publishing and Literature, Advertising, Culinary, Local and Traditional Crafts, Festivals.

 

 

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Creative industry in Turks and Caicos

Creative industry in Turks and Caicos

The economy of Turks and Caicos Islands relies on the tourism industry, real estate development and the exportation of seafood. A wide variety of financial services are available, including company formation, offshore insurance, banking, trusts, limited partnerships and limited life companies. Innovation manager Alexa Cooper confirmed high interest in enhancing creative industry.

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The DUI approach implemented in Turks and Caicos Islands

The DUI approach implemented in Turks and Caicos Islands

One very nice Doing, Using and Interacting (DUI) innovation approach has been implemented recently in Turks & Caicos Islands where a musical CD vending machine was set in the airport after the music company director realized he could sell music in machines operating on the similar way as soda machines.

The machine is a custom design emerging from a normal food vending machine unit and holds up to 430 CD’s in the racks and there are approximately 10 different local artists readily available for purchase.

The machine was ordered from a company expert in the field of vending to deliver a high quality product for customer use. Customers are able to engage with the products through sensory experience of self-serve automation auditory and visually.

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16th OCT-EU Forum, Premier Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson

16th OCT-EU Forum, Premier Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson

Premier Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson has demonstrated extraordinary devotion to promotion of Turks and Caicos Islands and Overseas Countries and Territories. Congratulation and thanks for great activities and extraordinary cooperation. We had very appreciated privilege and honour in hosting press club Turks and Caicos Islands BRUZZ in Brussels on 13th of July 2017. Congratulation to Tracy Knight EU Representative of Turks and Caicos Islands for her great work as member of ExCo and EU Representative of the Chairmanship of EU Overseas Countries and Territories Association.

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The Caribbean after Irma

The Caribbean after Irma

It is the cost of the region’s unimaginable natural beauty that, by the caprice of fate, there is the periodic risk of ruin. There is nothing to be said of this past week’s tragedies that has not yet been said, and our hearts go out to the people who died.What needs to be said is this: the Caribbean will rebuild. Caribbean people: they cannot be defeated. They rebuild, they restore and they live again.

It will not be easy, it may not be quick, but it will happen.

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Video OCTA Innovation BRUZZ: Turks and Caicos Islands with the Premier Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson

Video OCTA Innovation BRUZZ: Turks and Caicos Islands with the Premier Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson

Video from the OCTA Innovation BRUZZ on Turks and Caicos Islands on 13th of July 2017

On the 13th July 2017 at the Brussels Press Club, The Chair of the Overseas Countries and Territories Association, Honourable Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, Premier and Minister for Investment and Trade of the Turks and Caicos Islands, gave a presentation on ‘Innovation, Tourism and Investment in the Turks and Caicos Islands’.
Remarks were also made by Mr. Denis Salord, Head of Unit, Relations with the OCTs, DG Devco, on behalf of the European Commission and Carol Voges on behalf of OCTA and Milan Jezic von Gesseneck Team Leader of OCTA Innovation.
Premier Robinson responded to questions posed by members of the media and potential investors.

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