Turks and Caicos Islands celebrates November as Tourism Environmental Awareness Month (TEAM)
Keen to sensitize residents on the significance of the environment and tourism to our economic sustainability, the Turks and Caicos Tourist Board along with other tourism stakeholders today launched the celebration of November as Tourism Environmental Awareness Month (TEAM), under the theme: “Tourism is Key… It Starts with ME.”
The recurrent theme is proposed to run through to the year 2020, with the objective of positively improving the Turks and Caicos Islands for the pleasure and livelihood of its citizens, and the delight and comfort of our many visitors.
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TEAM celebrations will alternate among the various islands, with each island given an opportunity to host tourism round table discussions with members from the respective community exchanging dialogue on the value of tourism from a personal perspective. Tourism stakeholders will also conduct school visits on each island as well. The week of November 14th is designated “Cruise Week”, with planned tours of the Grand Turk Cruise Center and the reintroduction of the Tourism Quiz Competition at the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College (TCICC), Grand Turk Campus. In the tourism hub of Providenciales, a host of activities have been organized including the Open House Exhibition at the TCICC Provo Campus; the Hello Tourist Programme where students from six primary schools on island will get the opportunity to experience life as a tourist for a day; a ‘Big Bin Competition’ (the decorating of garbage bins) among the tourism clubs at the various schools; and lastly, the annual TCI Youth Congress featuring students from secondary schools throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands competing for the title of Junior Minister of Tourism 2016.
Visually stunning billboards will also be placed on roadways and in communities throughout the Islands highlighting the theme. Additionally, the Tourist Board will launch a series of 30-second videos titled, “The Hidden Gems of Tourism” via its social media channels featuring some of the most dynamic and undiscovered personalities in the tourism industry.
TEAM is a collaborative initiative lead by the Turks and Caicos Tourist Board, the Department of Environmental and Costal Resources (DECR), the Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association (TCHTA), Environmental Health Services (EHS), the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force, and the Department of Youth Affairs.
The members of TEAM encourage all citizens, hoteliers, tour operators, and visitors to join us in our ongoing campaign to keep the Turks and Caicos Islands forever ‘Beautiful by Nature.’