Turks & Caicos National Trust wins CTO’s Heritage Protection Award
The Turks & Caicos National Trust won a major regional award - the Heritage Protection Award - at the recently concluded 2017 Caribbean Sustainable Awards, hosted by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) during the Climate Smart Sustainable Tourism Forum. The award ceremony was held at the Ocean Terrace Inn, St. Kitts & Nevis on Wednesday, 13th December 2017.
The Turks & Caicos National Trust received the highest award for Heritage Protection for making significant contributions to protect and promote the heritage (cultural, built, natural, and intangible) of the Turks & Caicos Islands. The National Trust was recognized for its contribution to heritage protection through the following initiatives:
~ Efforts to pass on cultural and intangible heritage traditions and skills to younger generations
~ Documentation and/or copyrighting of local heritage related materials
~ Educating visitors on local heritage and local stakeholders, including the media
~ Sustainable financing of local heritage conservation
~ Engagement of local communities, public, NGO and/or private sector entities in preserving and promoting local heritage
~ Communicating actions to local stakeholders, including the media
The award is a vindication of the 25 years of hard work that the Turks & Caicos National Trust has been putting in, such as implementing good management practice with relatively limited resources, strong local community participation in the conservation and management of TCI’s heritage sites, and the development of unique multi-faceted conservation schemes – all for the protection of the country’s valuable heritage.
The Caribbean Sustainable Tourism Awards are aimed at identifying and showcasing Sustainable Tourism Good Practices in the Caribbean. The awards recognize individuals, groups, organizations or companies in any of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Member Countries which have developed responsible and unique tourism products or are engaged in implementing sustainable tourism-related initiatives which embrace sustainable tourism concepts and core values.
The awards were judged by a committee comprising of a panel of experts selected by CTO, representing various sectors of the tourism industry at the national, regional and international levels.
The Turks & Caicos National Trust wishes to thank the Turks & Caicos Tourist Board for their support throughout the years, as well as the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) for their partnership and encouragement in the work of heritage preservation. The organization looks forward to the continued support of the Turks & Caicos Government to further strengthen the efforts of heritage protection, preservation and promotion.
The Trust proudly shares this prestigious international award with the people of the Turks & Caicos Islands.