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HUNDREDS JOIN THE TCI SHINES MOVEMENT

 

PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - Providenciales' highways and byways came alive on Saturday, April 20 when hundreds of volunteers joined TCHTA for the Association's annual Earth Day "TCI Shines" cleanup campaign. 

 

This initiative which falls on the Saturday closest to Earth Day, is held annually to demonstrate support for environmental protection, through mobilising residents to be a part of a 4 hour long cleanup of Providenciales. With 16 zones designated for the cleanup, a total of 540 bags were collected with approximately 300 persons participating in the campaign. 

 

After the cleanup volunteers assembled at the Children's Park in the Bight and was addressed by TCHTA's newly appointed President Michel Neutelings who said, "We would like to thank all our volunteers for their invaluable help and support. Encouraging positive environmental behaviour, developing a sense of community responsibility and protecting the environment are things we've been strongly advocating since the inception of TCI Shines. Beautiful by Nature must not only be TCI's tagline but must be a way of living for all residents. We as a nation need to educate each other especially our youth about the repercussions the destination and its people will face if measures are not put in place urgently to address the issue of littering."

 

Neutelings continued by saying, "I am therefore appealing to our newly elected administration to implement a Litter Pollution Act which will give Government the power to take enforcement action against people who break or ignore these laws. The Association strongly believes that our commitment through TCI Shines to raising awareness and encouraging the public to be more environmentally conscious in the sensible disposal of garbage and waste, will be achieved by Government's implementation of such legislations."

  

 TCHTA also thanked the following companies and individuals for making the campaign another successful one: After 5 Island Concierge,  AIB, Alexandra Resort, Amanyara, 92.5 KISS FM & KBC Productions, Beaches TCI, BNC Consulting Group, Digicel TCI, Enid Capron Primary School, FortisTCI, DEMA, Edward Garland Youth Centre, Gansevoort, Grace Bay Resorts, Graceway, IGA, Hartling Group, Hemingway's, La Vista Azul, LIME, Ocean Club Resorts, Providenciales Primary School, Point Grace, Regent Palms, Royal West Indies, Seven Stars, The Sands at Grace Bay, Villa del Mar, Windsong Resort, Ms. Wilandra Elliott - Junior Tourism Minister, TCIPS Comprehensive High School, T & C Sotheby's International, TCI Waste Disposal Services, K K & T Disposal Services, Environmental Health Department and those members of the community who participated by cleaning up their immediate surroundings.  

About the TCHTA

The Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association (TCHTA) represents a wide range of members from hotels and resorts to insurance companies and financial service providers, from watersports operators to catering outlets, from taxi drivers to human resources. The Association aims to assist the organisations through networking opportunities, training, promotional activities and representation at all levels of decision-making in the Turks and Caicos Islands and the region. Contact: Turks & Caicos Hotel & Tourism Association (TCHTA) Tel: 649.941.5787 http://www.turksandcaicoshta.com

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