Turks & Caicos Beat

The latest information about what's going on in the Turks and Caicos islands with a focus on Providenciales and Grace Bay.

By Michael Wu

Monday, May 15, 2006

Peeking in on the T&C Film Festival

After nearly two years since the debut of this festival (full disclosure: I was involved in this), the sequel set for Oct. 17- 21, is shaping up to be quite impressive. This go around the festival is being run again by the government and features and impressive advisory board including (who else) Bruce Willis, Academy Award Winner, Paul Haggis (Crash), Shirley Franklin (the mayor of Atlantis, what?) and Robert Earl, the Chairman & CEO of Planet Hollywood. The executive directors are Actress Jasmine Guy and her Investment Banker husband, Terrence Duckette. The website has a lot of "coming soon" stuff but we'll post more as we hear it.

Update: Vivica Fox was one of the stars at the T&C Film Fest party in Los Angeles. People Magazine's got the coverage (actually it's mainly about her appearing on Dancing with the Stars this summer.)

Update 2: A photo gallery of the June event can be found here. Includes photos of Chief Minister Michael Misick and his new wife, LisaRaye.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Grand Terminal Opens at Grand Turk

"Unlike other port facilities, which are basically passenger processing centers, the new $40-million Grand Turk Cruise Center built by Carnival Corp. is a destination in itself. It has a swimming pool, changing rooms, lockers and showers, an 800-foot beach and cabanas as well as the usual complement of retail shops. It also is home to the Caribbean's largest Margaritaville, the chain of bar/restaurants owned by musician Jimmy Buffett."

Well my first reaction might be "better there than on Provo" not that it would even be possible here, but actually I think this is a good thing as it brings more attention the Turks and Caicos island but is not likely to lead to a flood of new tourists to Provo. The reason being that the people who travel on cruises and flood these terminals are different from the people who like to lie out on the beach all day on Grace Bay. Also, Carnival is helping the T&C government to build up Grand Turk and hopefully some of the funds from the terminal will be used to beautiful Provo, pave the roads, build a proper downtown, etc. Wishful thinking? Stay tuned....

The Grand Turk Cruise Center has its own website where you can view some of the excursions they have. Some of them sound pretty fun, i have to admit. Maybe if i'm tired of sunning, i'll take a boat ride over there and see what all the hubbub is about.