For Immediate Release
TCHTA Features Premier and Minister of Tourism as Guest Speakers at AGM
Providenciales, Turks & Caicos – Annually, the Turks & Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association (TCHTA) gathers members for a general meeting providing updates on the work of the association over the past year.
On Tuesday, March 8th, the association gathered virtually with the Hon Premier C Washington Misick and Minister of Tourism, Hon Josephine Connolly, featured as the AGM’s Guest Speakers.
The meeting’s agenda included remarks by the association’s CEO, Stacy Cox, who shared thanks to the TCHTA’s members for their unwavering support throughout the year. She congratulated the industry on record-breaking numbers for 2021 and 2022, and an enviable 80% occupancy rate in this year’s first quarter. Cox shared that the STR regional reports still show Turks & Caicos as the leading destination for occupancy and average daily rates in the Caribbean.
TCHTA Committee Chairs Yolander Forbes, Mona Beeson, Karen Whitt, Colin Sterling, Tapa Tibble, and Malaika Williams delivered reports on the work undertaken by the committees on behalf of the organization’s members and the industry at large. These individuals represent the Human Resources, Sustainable Tourism, Marketing, Finance, Crime & Security, and Allied Members, respectively.
The year’s reflection included the TCHTA’s marketing partnerships with the Tourist Board, and its attendance at the ILTM and CHICOS conferences. Regular meetings and updates with the Police Team, and the Health, Education, Border Services, and Tourism ministries were also highlighted.
The organization’s community initiatives were reported on, with a review of the partnership with the Ministry of Health in adding testing sites, the donation of televisions for all hospital rooms in Turks & Caicos, the success of TCHTA tertiary scholarship recipient, and the hosting of a TCI pageant queen, Farrah Grant.
Hon Josephine Connolly shared a progress report on the country’s Destination Management Organization with TCHTA members, while the Premier shared sentiments related to the astounding success the country is seeing in its number one industry. He then opened the floor for an interactive period with the association’s members for an engaging question-and-answer session.
The TCHTA’s Annual Report was delivered by President Trevor Musgrove which was a summary of the outstanding achievements enjoyed by the organization in the past year since he and the current Board of Directors took office. He shared that the TCHTA’s early engagement with the Government last year set the tone for the successful public/private partnership being realized in the present.
Closing out his report, Musgrove said, “At the start of our first year, I shared that this Board of Directors would embrace new opportunities and would work with an ‘all-hands-on-deck’ approach.
We spoke about fostering better relations with the local community and engaging even more of our tourism supporting businesses to give everyone a stronger voice in the industry.
We vowed to build an even closer partnership between the organization and the Government. I am confident that through everything shared here you can agree we have been successful in these efforts.
On behalf of our Board of Directors, we extend our thanks to you for your commitment to the industry, and your engagement with this organization. We will continue to serve you proudly in the year ahead.”