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Two TCI resorts among the Top 100 List in 2014

July 8, 2014
Last Tuesday, Expedia.com, one of the world’s largest full-service online travel sites, announced the Expedia 2014 Insiders’ Select rankings, an annual crowd-sourced list of the world’s best-reviewed hotels. The Insiders’ Select list recognizes the top-ranked hotels available worldwide.

British overseas territories citizens get visa-free access to 26 European countries

June 20, 2014
British Overseas Territories citizens (BOTCs), British Overseas citizens (BOCs), British Protected Persons (BPPs), and British Subjects (BS) can travel visa-free across the EU ‘Schengen’ Area with effect from Monday, 9 June 2014. The Schengen Area currently consists of 26 European states.

Air fares fall as tourist season softens

April 21, 2014
While temperatures are still on the chilly side in the Midwest and North East US and Canada, air fares have dropped down to 1990s levels for May travellers. The extreme and prolonged winter sub freezing temperatures were believed to have been a sign that TCI and other sub tropical...

Mystery April Fool's Day fee surprises travellers

April 7, 2014
Residents and visitors discovered when they attempted to depart the Providenciales International Airport on or after April 1 that they were being charged an additional $5 per person. This included children as young as two years of age. A family of four is now facing another $20.

TCI tourism faces issues of cost and crime

April 3, 2014
The Turks and Caicos Islands has been found to be the fourth most expensive Caribbean tourist destination, costing a family of four nearly $9,000 for a week’s stay in Providenciales. Meanwhile, the United States has re-issued a travel advisory in relation to the TCI, warning US citizens...

Lower air travel tax may mean higher UK tourist arrivals for TCI

March 24, 2014
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osbourne, while presenting the UK government’s 2014 budget address on Wednesday in the House of Commons, highlighted the air passenger duty (APD) reform as a part of the transportation strategy towards economic recovery.

No visa office in TCI, say US authorities

February 24, 2014
US authorities have informed Turks and Caicos Islanders that there are no plans to open an office in Providenciales to issue the ten-year visas that have been available to island citizens from the time the US military had an agreement with Britain to build a base on Grand Turk.

Two TCI resorts win awards at Caribbean Travel Marketplace

February 10, 2014
On January 12, 2014, two Providenciales resort properties were presented with awards during the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s Caribbean Travel Marketplace in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The Sands at Grace Bay received Expedia’s Top Partner Award for Turks and Caicos and the...

New online passport application system for UK citizens living overseas

January 31, 2014
A new online application process has been launched for UK citizens by Her Majesty’s Passport Office from Wednesday, 29 January 2014. From this date UK citizens living in the Turks and Caicos Islands can apply for their British passports online. Holders of British Overseas Territories passports...

US issues new crime warning for Bahamas

January 31, 2014
The United States Embassy in Nassau has warned Americans living in and travelling to New Providence and Freeport, Grand Bahama to be on “heightened alert” and to take “appropriate steps” to enhance their personal security to avoid becoming victims of crime.

Culinary tourism experience introduced at three Providenciales resorts

January 10, 2014
Jerk snapper. Conch ceviche. Beetroot gazpacho. They’re some of the top tourist attractions in Turks and Caicos. But these are not the names of beaches or historic sites – just local foods that delight the fast growing segment of culinary tourists that now make dining and enjoying local food...

Merger sends air fares soaring

December 2, 2013
The pending merger between two of the principal air carriers servicing the TCI from the US has rates climbing. American Airlines, which has an exclusive service rights for the TCI from its Miami hub, will next week complete its merger with US Airways.

Grace Bay Beach still best in the world

December 2, 2013
Grace Bay Beach, retaining its position as second to none, has once again copped the most prestigious and fiercely vied for title as World’s Best Beach. This was the announcement amongst roars of applause at the World Travel Awards Grand Final Gala, held in Doha, Qatar, on Saturday evening.

Delta expands service to Turks and Caicos

November 21, 2013
The Turks and Caicos Islands is set to become more accessible and more affordable as Delta Air Lines recently announced plans to increase its services to the Providenciales International Airport (PLS) from Boston. Effective March 8, 2014 Delta will commence a new Saturday-only flight...

Local airline changes its name

November 21, 2013
Air Turks & Caicos, the national airline of Turks and Caicos Islands, has announced the changing of its name to InterCaribbean Airways. The "InterCaribbean" name was chosen to reflect the greater pan-Caribbean expansion of air service in the Western Caribbean in the coming months.

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