In the wake of World Tourism Day on September 27th, the Turks and Caicos Islands' Ministry of Tourism, its Department of Tourism Regulation (DTR), and Experience Turks and Caicos, the newly-launched Destination Management and Marketing Organisation (DMMO) delve into past accolades and outline the future of tourism in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Hon. Josephine Connolly, Minister of Tourism (pic.), reflected: "Celebrating World Tourism Day reminded us of our storied journey – a journey punctuated with accolades like the World’s Top Trending Travel Destination of Fall 2022 and the recent titles from the World Travel Awards, Caribbean’s Most Romantic Destination and Caribbean’s Leading Beach Destination for 2023.
“As the most tourism-dependent country in the Caribbean, we recognize the weight of our responsibility. Ensuring that the Turks and Caicos Islands remains a premier destination for years to come is paramount. The establishment of the Department of Tourism Regulation and Experience Turks and Caicos signifies our unwavering commitment to elevate, fortify, and diversify tourism in our cherished islands."
Inaugurated in July, Experience Turks and Caicos is a symbol of the Turks and Caicos Islands’ forward-thinking approach to tourism. Ms. Racquel Brown, Interim CEO/Change Manager, articulated: "Experience Turks and Caicos is a testament to our islands’ future – a future where we do more than just welcome tourists.
“We aim to integrate them into a unique, immersive experience that is both responsible and inclusive. We are not just competing to be the best in the Caribbean; our goal is to set a global standard for what tourism can and should be."
Mr. Avi Adams, Director of the Department of Tourism Regulation, added: "Our primary task is to usher in an era where our tourism meets world-class standards consistently. By advocating for best practices and maintaining an environment that respects both our visitors and our heritage, we ensure that the Turks and Caicos Islands remains synonymous with unparalleled excellence in the tourism domain."
In the ever-changing tapestry of global tourism, the Turks and Caicos Islands emerge as a beacon of excellence, blending past achievements with visionary strategies. Through endeavours such as Experience Turks and Caicos and the Department of Tourism Regulation, the Turks and Caicos Islands is not merely witnessing the transformation of the tourism industry but is actively sculpting its future, offering a harmonious fusion of heritage, responsibility, and unparalleled experiences.
As the world gazes upon the horizon of tourism's potential, the essence of the Turks and Caicos Islands shines brightly, setting a benchmark for destinations regionally. The Turks and Caicos Islands looks forward to hosting the Caribbean Tourism Organisation’s (CTO’s) State of the Tourism Industry Conference (SOTIC) and its attendees from October 9th to October 13th.