Director of Tourism Turks and Caicos after Irma: Tourism, visitors, hotels current status

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Resilient, powerful, strong and faithful. This is how Ramon Andrew described the people of Turks and Caicos. Ramon Andrews, the outspoken director of Tourism for the Caribbeans island nation Turks and Caicos sounded somehow relieved when he updated the media today on the current situation on his island, specifically commenting on the safety of visitors and visitor industry professionals.

Turks and Caicos is an archipelago of 40 low-lying coral islands in the Atlantic Ocean, a British Overseas Territory southeast of the Bahamas. The gateway island of Providenciales, known as Provo, is home to expansive Grace Bay Beach, with luxury resorts, shops and restaurants

“All visitors are safe, the airport damages but ready to get back online for relieve flights and accept commercial flights within a week”, he said. All hotels in Turks and Caicos suffered some form of damages, some minor, some more serious. Guests are currently in safe rooms, in safe hotels, no injuries or casualties are reported among visitors. We ensure there is enough food water and a reasonable amount of comfort for our tourists.

Director of tourism Ramon Andrews presented this update on the impact on Hurricane Irma on the Turks and Caicos Islands.

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Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1979), beginning as a travel agent up through today as a publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP.His experiences include working and collaborating with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, as well as private and non-profit organizations, and in planning, implementing, and quality control of a range of travel and tourism-related activities and programs, including tourism policies and legislation. His major strengths include a vast knowledge of travel and tourism from the point of view of a successful private enterprise owner, superb networking skills, strong leadership, excellent communication skills, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, and advisory skills in both political and non-political arenas with respect to tourism programs, policies, and legislation.He has a thorough knowledge of current industry practices and trends and is a computer and Internet junkie.