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gnage for a Margaritaville outlet in Turks and Caicos Islands. (File photo)

Margaritaville (Turks) hopes TCI among first ports when Carnival Cruise sails

gnage for a Margaritaville outlet in Turks and Caicos Islands. (File photo)

Operators of Margaritaville in Turks and Caicos are hopeful that the country will be among the first stops when Carnival Cruise sets sail once more in August.

Following the suspension of air travel and the closure of the Grand Turk Cruise Center, the nation’s lone cruise port on March 16, the steady flow of tourists who would regularly descend on the entertainment, food and drink property has dried up.

Chief Executive Officer, Ian Dear, in a message to the company’s shareholders yesterday said the company continues to work closely with Carnival Cruise and the government in preparation for the eventual reopening of the tourism industry.

We have great confidence in the tourism cruise industry and in particular Carnival Corporation’s ability to recover and grow from this unprecedented challenge

– Margaritaville (Turks) Chief Executive Officer, Ian Dear

Dear said the virus pandemic has had an “unprecedented effect on our global economy”, which has not escaped Margaritaville’s operations.

“Our thoughts remain with the communities and individuals, including frontline healthcare workers who have been directly affected by the virus. Margaritaville Turks Limited’s Leadership team has been closely monitoring the development of the COVID-19 epidemic in Turks and Caicos,” said Dear.

Referencing Carnival Cruise line’s stated intent to phase in select cruises from key North American ports in August, he said they are hopeful Turks and Caicos will be one among the first ports to welcome cruise ship passengers when cruise lines resume operations.

What’s more, he said positive views on travel have been maintained by travellers, citing recent surveys done by Cruise Critic.

Dear continued, “We will ensure that our facilities and team are ready when the cruise industry is again allowed to sail and visit Grand Turk as a destination.

Carnival’s Elation berths near this white sand beach destination in Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands. (Photo: Andy Newman/Carnival Cruise Lines)

“We have great confidence in the tourism cruise industry and in particular Carnival Corporation’s ability to recover and grow from this unprecedented challenge. Although there are many uncertainties, the tourism industry and our company will emerge stronger after this challenge,” he said.

 Margaritaville (Turks), a subsidiary of the Margaritaville Caribbean Group, reported record revenue of US$7.59 million in 2019 attributed to its highest ever passenger arrivals.