Canada commends TCI for tourism bounceback

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, October 10, 2017 – Providenciales – Canada is calling the recovery of the TCI tourism industry, ‘strong and speedy’ and that is good news for the Turks and Caicos in the second largest visitor market to the islands.   TravelWeek, online is reporting electricity is restored, water is restored and that work is on tirelessly to address the pending issues.The Tourism Minister, Ralph Higgs is quoted in the report saying that scheduled off season maintenance of resorts and hurricane repairs are on track for reopening in line with the coming high season.    Among the resorts welcoming guests are:  The Seven Stars, Atrium, Caribbean Paradise Inn, Grace Bay Suites, The Sands and the Somerset.There have been resort openings within the past week too, including Windsong, Shore Club, The Palms, Regent Grand, Grace Bay Club, West Bay Club, Villa Del Mar, the Venetian, the Tuscany and Reef Residences.    Seven other resorts are due for openings this month, October: Amanyara, Coral Gardens, Ocean Club West, Blue Haven, Beach House and Gansevoort.The article which was published last week also features a report on the British Virgin Islands, a fellow UK overseas territory which also took a beating in historic Hurricane Irma.   The BVI is however, unable to give the kind of report as is the Turks and Caicos – with assessments reportedly still ongoing on the island; damages were said to be over $290m for BVI.    TCI Minister Higgs said the tourism product will continue to evolve to be more creative and innovative.A number of popular hang outs and shops were also highlighted in the article as open including IGA Gourmet, Regent Village, Fresh Catch, Mango Reef, Danny Buoys and Coco Bistro.Photo credit: Daily Hivelast_img read more

Army Secretary Optimistic Service Will Achieve its LongTerm Recruiting Goals

first_img ADC AUTHOR Army Secretary Mark Esper remains confident the service will meet its goal for about 500,000 active-duty soldiers and about 500,000 more in National Guard and Army Reserves, Army Times reported Thursday.In 2018 the Army had flatline recruiting results, closing out the year with no end strength gains.Esper said service leaders believe they will reach their long-term growth target, and it could possibly go higher.“I can’t tell you what the Army end strength will be. I know it has to be above 500,000.  I know it has to be above 500,000 in the regular Army – and I’ve always said associated growth in the Guard and Reserve, he said.  “But our war games could come out and tell us – in two years, or a year and a half – that we really need 504,000. Or it could come out and tell us that we need 540,000,” he added.Esper’s Army Vision statement proposes 500,000 in end strength in 2028, but past interviews, testimony and documents detail the growth plan for 483,500 at the start of 2019, with another 4,000 added yearly until the end of 2022.The Army’s 2018 recruiting included a shortfall of 6,500 recruits, while another 1,000 soldiers separated, ending the year even at about 476,000. DOD photo by Edward Lopezlast_img read more