PROVIDENCIALES, TCI – The Turks and Caicos Islands Tourist Board recently wrapped up its 2022 Turks and Caicos Conference (TACC) and it was a major success. The 18th annual TACC, which was held from Wednesday, October 26 to Friday, October 28 invited the destination’s leading wholesalers and online travel agents to the Turks and Caicos Islands for site inspections, updates on the Turks and Caicos Islands, as well as for networking and conducting meetings.
The three-day conference began with an opening ceremony at the Beaches Key West Village – where attendees enjoyed food and entertainment. Remarks were provided by minister of tourism, Josephine Connolly, acting director of tourism, Mary Lightbourne, president of the Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association (TCHTA), Trevor Musgrove, and the vote of thanks was delivered by the TCI tourist board’s senior public relations officer, Gabriel Saunders.
Site inspections occurred the following day and provided wholesalers with an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the various properties and rooms that they are selling. These occurred at Beach Enclave Long Bay, the Ritz-Carlton, Wymara Resorts & Villas, Rock House, Sailrock Resort, The Meridian Club on Pine Cay, The Shore Club, as well as at The Sands. Later, guests attended Fish Fry to experience the culture of the Turks and Caicos Islands at the popular Thursday night event.
On the final day of TACC, which was hosted at Blue Haven Resort, wholesalers delivered presentations to hoteliers, which was followed by industry overviews from minister of tourism, Connolly and acting director of tourism, Mary Lightbourne.
After the presentations, attendees enjoyed local cuisine in a Blue Haven Penthouse – providing spectacular views of Providenciales. Post-lunch, wholesalers, airline representatives, and hoteliers reconvened for a tradeshow – facilitating further conversations and networking amongst key industry partners.
TCI tourist board’s product development officer, Candesha Mills closed the event with a vote of thanks – and TACC formally concluded that evening with a dinner at The Palms.
“It was an honour to be able to host our top industry partners for the 2022 Turks and Caicos Conference and once again allow them to touch, taste, and experience the Turks and Caicos Islands”, said minister of tourism, Josephine Connolly.
“The sharing of knowledge and best practices, as well as the networking between our industry partners at TACC play a massive role in the success of the Turks and Caicos Islands’ tourism industry. We greatly appreciate our guests for their attendance”, added Connolly.
“We are incredibly proud with the results of our 18th annual Turks and Caicos Conference – the first TACC that has been hosted fully in-person since 2019”, stated acting director of tourism, Mary Lightbourne. “We would like to thank everyone who was involved in TACC for their participation. A special thank you goes to our industry partners who graciously hosted TACC events and our guests. Without you all, this would not have been possible”, added Lightbourne.
The Turks and Caicos Conference is an annual tourism conference hosted in the Turks and Caicos Islands by the Turks and Caicos Islands tourist board that invites wholesalers, airline representatives, hoteliers, and local government officials together for three days of site inspections, meetings, and networking in an effort to strengthen tourism in the Turks and Caicos Islands.