Friday marked another step in the government partnering with the private sector to reduce unemployment within the Turks and Caicos Islands with the opening of the Blue Haven job fair.
Blue Haven Resort, a member of the Waterloo Holdings Group, is poised to be one of the premier resorts in the TCI, with thirty-five suites and sixteen premier suites, spa facilities, other amenities and is home to the newly opened Salt Bar & Grill restaurant. The resort will also feature the newest marina with the ability to accommodate luxury yachts up to 220 feet in length and certified as an Island Global Yachting Destination. The re-launching of this high-end luxury establishment is poised to become the crème of yachting destinations and further diversifies our tourism portfolio.
The job fair was well supported by a number of TCIslanders who participated in the job fair, which attracted a number of unemployed as well as those persons seeking to diversify their employment. The deputy premier and minister of education, youth, sports and culture along with the minister of boarder control and labour toured the Blue Haven Marina and Resort, and observed the day’s activities.
Deputy Premier Akierra Missick, who is also the elected member in the House of Assembly for Electoral District 5 - Leeward, said, "I was pleased to be invited on a site tour with Minister Gardiner as this resort is a member of the Leeward Community. It was also helpful in understanding the operations of the marina which will cater to high-end luxury yacht charters. The opening of the resort also provides additional opportunities for our graduates to venture into the hospitality industry and I intend to work closely with the management of Blue Haven to launch an internship program that will serve to introduce our secondary and tertiary students to the hotel and tourism industry."
The Blue Haven Job Fair intends to place 80 successful persons in job roles within two to three weeks at the resort. As the minister responsible for labour, Gardiner also took the time to give words of encouragement to the interviewees and commented that he is indeed pleased that Blue Haven and other businesses in the private sector are in a position to increase their human resources and offer the opportunity for employment to our residents. We look forward to other resorts putting similar efforts into recruiting Turks and Caicos Islanders in the upcoming season.