As Turks & Caicos continues to enjoy international visitor growth for the third year in a row, several new hotel brands have been eying the islands, while existing properties have been expanding and renovating their facilities in order to capture some of the market.
“2011 has seen record visitor arrivals to the TCI. Our islands happily welcomed over one million tourists (cruise and stay-over) to our shores,” explains Ralph Higgs, director of tourism for Turks & Caicos.
“2012 is showing as much promise as 2011 and by year’s end 2012 we expect to see increases over last year. In fact, since 2009, TCI have seen double digit growth annually.” Higgs added.
In addition to new airlift and a major development taking place at Providenciales International Airport, there has been some renewed interest from hotels in recent months.
“Several major hotel brands have demonstrated strong interest in our islands and very imminently, there will be formal announcements of their projects here in TCI,” explains Higgs.
Ahead of the World Travel Awards Caribbean & The Americas ceremony which is set to take place on September 14th, Breaking Travel News checks in to find out some of the most exciting hotel developments on island.
COMO Hotels unveil beach houses at Parrot Cay
COMO Hotels and Resorts are opening three new chic two-bedroom beach houses at Parrot Cay in October.
Perched high on lush sand dunes, the new Beach Houses will span 161.187m2 and feature spectacular 180m decks allowing guests to take in stunning ocean views with beach access.
Each Beach House features large 40m swimming pools, an open living and dining area, dual master bedroom suites with large bathrooms and private outdoor showers.
The elegant design is dominated by the neutral colours of sun-bleached oak featuring contemporary furniture from Bali, Indonesia.
Priced from US$ 3,300 per night, the houses can be rented individually or as a group of three, catering for a larger family gathering or a group of friends.
The Veranda set to unveil new Beachfront Spa Villa
Grace Bay’s The Veranda, on Grace Bay Beach, is set to unveil a luxurious Beachfront Spa Villa this year, which promises to be the first of its kind in Turks and Caicos.
The Beachfront Spa Villa will offer a special menu of treatments and culinary options prepared by Executive Chef Wolfgang von Wieser.
The Veranda is the Caribbean’s only beach front residential resort community of its kind, featuring a wide variety of suites, villas and real estate.
Provo Golf Club and Country Club celebrates 20th anniversary
Provo Golf Club and Country Club, the 18-hole championship course which is frequently described as one of the top golfing resorts in the Caribbean, is celebrating its 20th anniversary later this year.
“On November 7th of 2012 Provo Golf Club will celebrate its 20th Anniversary. The course opened for play after 18 months of construction on a Provo perfect, sunny, November day in 1992,” a spokesperson for the property told Breaking Travel News.
“Over the years the owners have always strived for improvement through additions to many holes, continued landscaping, new lake construction, resurfaced cart paths and a recent club house extension.”
In order to showcase these developments a new website will be launched in coming months although no date has been confirmed yet.
The Provo Golf Club is owned and was developed by the HAB Group, who also operate luxury resorts on Grace Bay, the Villa Renaissance, newly opened Regent Grand, and their forthcoming development The Vellagio.
Blue Haven Marina & Resort set to open
One of the most exciting developments taking place in the Caribbean today is The Blue Haven Marina & Resort, which is set to open its doors in Turks & Caicos on November 1st.
Previously known as the Leeward Marina and located on the main island of Providenciales, the Blue Haven Marina and Resort consists of a state-of-the-art marina facility, a 35 condo unit hotel, pool and beach area, gym, several food and beverage outlets.
The Marina facility includes a total of 78 slips: 27 leisure craft slips, 28 slips for vessels under 80 feet and 23 slips for vessels above 80 foot.
Crew facilities including chart room, grill and bar, restrooms and showers, refueling, maintenance, laundry service, watersports services.
A convenient concierge service will provide information on services and activities in Turks and Caicos from golfing, rental cars, shopping to excursions.
Easily accessible through a deep-water channel, the marina is located in a calm and protected channel, ideal for day-tripping activities such as snorkeling, diving or bone fishing.
While the majority of the development is on track to open this year, the remaining restaurants are expected to be completed by March 1st.
A new website www.bluehaventci.com will launch on October 1st.
Turks and Caicos Reservations enhances visitor search
Turks and Caicos Reservations has taken the spotlight in recent months providing a unique central reservation service that is focused exclusively on the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Privately-owned and operated, Turks and Caicos Reservations is a Wired Island company, which has been doing business in Turks and Caicos since 1998.
Headquartered in beautiful Providenciales, the Turks and Caicos Reservations team pours local experience, passion for the destination and professional expertise into every reservation.
Turks and Caicos Reservations represents 95% of the available accommodation options in the destination as well as a wide cross section of related services, providing a comprehensive, one-stop shop for Turks and Caicos vacation planning.
Providing personalised service and sharing insightful local knowledge to clients via its toll-free phone number, email channel and live chat service.
Turks and Caicos Reservations aims to make it easy, enjoyable and cost-effective to book a dream trip to the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Its informative website is updated daily with special deals (some exclusive to Turks and Caicos Reservations), news and general information on the destination. Not only do clients of Turks and Caicos Reservations get the best available rates but also free bonus rewards.
Building upon its longstanding relationships with local businesses, Turks and Caicos Reservations offers all of its clients free travel rewards such as spa treatments, dinners, car rentals and other amenities, helping further promote local businesses and providing value to travellers.