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Diamond in the sky


TOP 10

Things to do in BVI

Pedalling around TCI


Exploring BVI


Like a bat out of heaven

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InterCaribbean AIrways Issue 04

Contents Rocks, rum and lots of fun

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On your bike


Like a diamond in the sky




























10 16

Welcome to fabulous BVI


Rocks, rum and lots of fun


Explore the islands on a yacht charter



Minister re-energises tourism sector

22 24


Wisdom is better than silver or gold…


On your bike – pedalling around TCI


Like a bat out of heaven

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Fabulous BVI


Royal race day – Turks & Caicos style


How Lyndon Gardiner changed TCI aviation forever


Explore one of







the best destinations in the Caribbean.






Ileana Ravasio, ATTIMI Photography

Welcome to the latest issue of W

elcome to interCaribbean Airways and the latest

issue of our in-flight magazine Cacique.

The publication of this

particular issue of the magazine comes at a time when we have increased frequencies on key routes and when we are also

as 18 flights a week (including

today. I also hope you will con-

San Juan. Plans for flights to a

Airways as we continue to

triple daily four days a week) to new destination from Tortola are also in the pipeline. All of these

routes are served by our fleet of

highly reliable 30-seater Embraer 120s.

In November, interCaribbean

poised to announce in 2017

Airways attended World Travel

interCaribbean Airways network.

a number of positive develop-

new destinations within the

So, if 2016 has been a great year for interCaribbean Airways, then we hope that 2017 will be even

Market in London and we expect ments to result from the show.

I hope you enjoy flying with us

tinue to choose interCaribbean increase much-needed regional connectivity and, as a consequence, reduce the need for

many passengers to travel within the Caribbean without the

time-consuming and documents need to route via the US.

We very much look forward to

welcoming you back on board an interCaribbean Airways flight at some point in the near future.


During the second half of

2016, we upped flights into

and out of Tortola’s Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport so that we now offer daily

connections to Antigua as well

Trevor Sadler, CEO, interCaribbean Airways



issue IN THIS

British Virgin Islands

BVI, Bacardi and Bob Marley


elcome to issue 4 of Cacique, the in-flight magazine of interCaribbean Airways.

It really is a pleasure to be associated with one of the

region’s fastest growing and most dynamic airlines and one that has ambitious expansion plans for 2017.

A key element of interCaribbean’s growth strategy is

focused on the British Virgin Islands and we devote this issue

of Cacique to the British Overseas Territory. interCaribbean is already operating in and out of Tortola up to four times a day and additional flights are in the pipeline for 2017.

So, what’s so special about the BVI? Well, we seek to find

out with eight lively and informative pages about one of the

Caribbean’s classiest destinations, including yacht charters and some suggestions for things to do across the islands.

interCaribbean now operates daily to and from V.C. Bird

International Airport and we exclusively interview Antigua

& Barbuda’s energetic Minster of Tourism, the Hon. Asot A. Michael about the twin-island nation’s thriving hospitality

and aviation sectors. Speaking of aviation, we look at how interCaribbean’s own Lyndon Gardiner was a key force in changing TCI’s aviation history.

Elsewhere in the magazine and not forgetting

interCaribbean’s heritage, we go bike riding in North and

Middle Caicos, eat out at Chinson’s and stay over at One on Marlin, remember the long-ago visit of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and profile regular celeb visitor to the Turks & Caicos, Bajan popstar Rihanna.

In Jamaica, and where interCaribbean operates domes-

tically, we take the well-worn tourist trail to the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston. We sip mojitos and learn about the history of Bacardi. Finally, we review Audi’s new Q2.

I hope you enjoy this issue of Cacique. Should you have

any comments about the magazine, then please feel free to contact me at the e-mail address below.

Gary Gimson Publisher





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Increased flights between San Juan and Tortola

Effective 19 December 2016, interCaribbean is pleased to offer double-daily services between San Juan and Tortola, with triple daily flights four times per week. This increase to 18 flights per week between Puerto Rico and BVI has also led to new daily flights between Tortola and Antigua, giving travellers more opportunities to explore the interCaribbean network.

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HELPING AFTER HURRICANE MATTHEW The devastating Hurricane Matthew hit parts of the Caribbean, southeastern United States and eastern Canada during September and October 2016, leaving many people dead and scores more homeless. Of the areas affected, Haiti was one of the worst hit, with widespread damage caused by the Category 5 hurricane. More than 200,00 homes were destroyed, large areas of crops were wiped out and more than one million people were left needing humanitarian aid. Elsewhere in the Caribbean, Cuba and the Bahamas also suffered extensive damage, with up to 95 per cent of homes in some areas severely damaged. In the aftermath of the hurricane, interCaribbean Airways, in cooperation with Digicel, IGA Supermarkets and the Turks and Caicos Hotel & Tourism Association, organised a countrywide relief effort, encouraging the public to donate clothing and food supplies over the course of a two-week period. Donation containers were stationed in Digicel retail stores across TCI, with hundreds of donations of clothing,

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non-perishable foods and toiletries made throughout the two weeks. Thanks to interCaribbean’s regular flights to the affected areas, the donations were shipped free of charge to those in need. Chairman Lyndon Gardiner said: “With direct flights to Haiti, The Bahamas and Cuba, we are proud to support this initiative. By partnering with Digicel TCI and the TCHTA, we can ensure that the donations will get to the affected countries to aid the hundreds of people affected by widespread flooding and damage in the hurricane-ravaged areas.” For those who couldn’t make it to donation points, or preferred to donate money, Digicel launched a text line for people to text their donation sum, which went directly to three Haitian charities: Haven, Paradis des Indiens and Prodev.



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Homage to Fidel Castro

But given Fidel Castro’s health

in recent times and his advanc-

ing years, news of his passing on 25 November was still a shock for those who saw him as the father of the nation

He was an iconic, cigar

smoking*, military fatigues

wearing figure from the 20th century and without doubt

among the world’s best-known and most influential political

leaders of the last 50 years or so.

While for many outside of Cuba,

Fidel Castro was something of a

controversial figure, there can be

him as President, implementing

Cubans. This is best illustrated by

support and blessing, albeit not

to improving the lives of ordinary

will surely treat him fondly – much

draconian US trade ban on Cuban

ary heroes such as compatriot José Martí, Simón Bolívar or Bernardo O’Higgins. cacique

than ever. Fidel’s final journey

care system for all its citizens.

Castro’s Cuba. But where is it? The

other Latin American revolution-

and its prospects are brighter

Todo” which confirms the health-

his spirit will live on and history

spoken reverentially alongside

that Cuba remains in safe hands

have signs saying “Salud para

That’s not to say all was perfect in

Castro will be a name more likely

Cuba. In passing, Fidel knows

class healthcare system. The streets

would always be with us. Clearly,

In decades to come, Fidel

fast enough for some outside of

rate, lowest mortality rate and first-

He was someone, it seemed, who

other revolutionaries.

reforms and changes with his full

having the world's highest literacy


more so, perhaps, than some

Fidel's brother Raúl succeeded

no doubting his deep commitment

products and other measures

directed at the island meant the economy naturally struggled at

times. But the reforms of recent years have paid dividends and

the rapprochement in 2015 with

took place by road, to the origins of the revolution, Santiago de Museum of the Revolution, Havana

Cuba and his final burial on 4 December.

cristiano barni /


t was sad news when it came.

the US has been welcomed by

Cubans and by people across the Caribbean.

*Fidel Castro gave up Cohiba cigars in 1985



Welcome to



In celebration of one of interCaribbean’s newest and most exciting destinations, Cacique magazine is taking a look at all things BVI in this issue, from buying property to our list of top 10 things to do on the islands. With up to 18 flights from San Juan, seven flights from Antigua and four-times-weekly connections from Provo, why not make BVI your next Caribbean adventure?



10 things to do in BVI

Rocks, rUm and lots of fUn Tortola is an ideal base for exploring the British Virgin Islands (BVI) and it can be reached with ease thanks to regular interCaribbean flights via San Juan or directly from Antigua. As the largest island, Tortola has lots to offer – but why not take time to explore some of BVI’s other jewel-like islands, too, such as Virgin Gorda and Jost Van Dyke? Here is Cacique magazine’s recommended list of top 10 things to do in BVI:


THE BATHS Virgin Gorda

formed wonderful grottos and pools


hour or two or in the course of a full

down through the generations of one

The Baths on Virgin Gorda

are one of the most popular

tourist attractions in the whole of BVI and quite rightly so. Giant boulders scattered around the beach have

that you can explore and climb – for an day. The narrow caverns between the boulders offer endless opportunities for exploring and taking beautiful

photographs. Visitors can

also seize the opportunity to go snorkelling in the local area and view the

abundance of colourful

fish. While the beach itself is rather small, the area’s main attractions are the

boulders and the picturesque views.

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This distillery has been

producing pure cane juice rum

for over 400 years. It has passed

family, which continues to run the distillery to this day. The small, unassuming building that

houses the distillery is steeped in history, featuring the same equipment used when rum production began in the 1600s. One of the biggest draws for visitors to the Callwood Distillery is the chance to sample some of its excellent rums, including 10-year-old

Arundel Cane Rum, for a modest charge of US$ 1. Visitors can also buy larger

quantities to take home. Friendly members of staff are on hand to answer questions or

simply to help you choose the perfect rum.



Take a hike in Sage Mountain


Anegada is the BVI’s

second-largest island and

also the only main island to be

formed from coral and limestone rather than volcanic matter.

Because of this, Anegada is home to the Caribbean’s largest barrier

island. There are a couple of tour


who will take you to the reef and

wonders of BVI. The mountain itself is the highest point in the

coral reef, Horseshoe Reef, which is also the fourth-largest in the

world. While the reef has caused

shipwrecks in the past, it provides a memorable diving experience for those who can get to the

operators based on the island

help you get the most out of your time there. Conch and lobster

are common in the area, while a

flock of resident flamingos can be found nearby.



It’s impossible to visit BVI and not feel the urge to spend


most of your time outdoors. While its many beaches are

excellent places to take in the scenery and sun, Sage Mountain National Park on Tortola is an ideal way to explore the natural

whole island group, offering matchless views. On their way to the summit, visitors can choose from several trails through the park. The area has an atmosphere like a rainforest, containing lush

vegetation and a variety of lizards, frogs and other fauna. The hike to the top takes about two hours – but the views are well worth it.


It may look unassuming from the outside,

but D"Coalpot has earned a reputation

as one of BVI’s best eateries. Just over Zion Hill in the West End of Tortola, it serves fresh fish,

meat and vegetarian dishes that draw customers back time after time. The dishes have a distinct

Caribbean flair, with conch fritters, grilled tropical Try Caribbean flavours in Tortola

mojito-marinated tuna, barbecued baby back ribs and jerk chicken among the menu favourites. The

restaurant is perhaps best known for its rotis, filled with the diner’s choice of curried

meat, fish or vegetables and served with coleslaw

and fried plantains. These wraps are

a ‘must try’ while in Tortola and we strongly

recommend the

lime pie to finish

off with.



Virgin Gorda

If you find yourself in Spanish Town, or

have an hour to kill in Virgin Gorda, the

Copper Mine National Park is an interesting spot

for a wander and the chance to learn more about local history. This abandoned copper mine dates back to the 19th century, with only a couple of

the original structures remaining. Now protected as a national park, the ruins of the mine are a

popular tourist attraction, offering picturesque

views and information about the area’s history. During the 24 years that the mine was still

working, the copper was shipped to Wales. 11




With its glorious weather


and beautiful landscapes, the

BVI is one of the best sailing destina-

tions in the world. Various companies

in BVI, based mainly in Tortola, offer a

range of charter options, including fully crewed luxury yachts and catamarans

on which you can explore the dozens of

islands, islets and cays. We take a closer look at yacht charters in the British

Virgin Islands in our special feature on Pages 16 and 17.



The birthplace of

siasts. Located in White Bay,


Dollar is an open-plan bar that


Named in honour of BVI’s first

might expect, it serves up the

O’Neal, these gardens are a

the Caribbean’s most famous

cocktail, the Painkiller, this bar

is a hot spot for cocktail enthuwith idyllic ocean views, Soggy oozes Caribbean charm. As you best Painkiller imaginable. If you didn’t already know, a Painkiller is a mix of dark rum, cream of

coconut, pineapple juice, orange juice and a sprinkling of nutmeg. Other cocktails – equally as

tempting as the signature tipple

– include the Soggy Man (an exotic concoction of Cruzan

Mango Rum, banana and raspberry rums,

vanilla and coconut) and the good

old-fashioned Bloody Mary.


conservationist, Joseph Reynold

Bgabel at wikivoyage

the bustle of the town. Among


the lily pond, waterfall and

West End, Soper’s Hole is a vibrant area popular

quiet paradise in the midst

of Road Town. This four-acre

national park is filled with lush greenery and exotic plants,

offering a welcome respite from its attractions, guests can enjoy miniature rain forests as well as

an array of indigenous and exotic plants. Various types of fauna

inhabit the gardens, including

lizards, turtles and fish. Visitors

can wander through the gardens or simply relax on one of the

park’s benches and admire the surroundings.


You don’t have to be moored


at this harbour to enjoy the

restaurants, shops and general vibe of Soper’s Hole. Located on Frenchman’s Cay, in Tortola’s with those looking to refuel and stock up on provisions. There’s a variety of shops and

boutiques including Harbour Market, offering

deli and gourmet items as well as clothing and cosmetic shops such as Flamboyance and The Sea Urchin. One of the main draws, however, is the choice of local bars and restaurants,

including the popular Pusser’s Landing, serving delicious food and legendary drinks. 13

propertyWatch: BVI

Time to buy in BVI? By Gary Gimson



he British Virgin Islands

and most highly developed,

for these secluded and unspoilt

bean’s priciest real estate

to look. But with a population

buying the island, there is then

offers some of the Carib-

– and for good reason.

Here we have a secure and

stable, low-tax British Overseas Territory with well-established

property rights. What's more, it's a destination that's considered

Tortola is the best place to start of around 23,500 occupying an

There has to be a downside,

of course, and that’s the cost

of living and the high price of property. Like all exotic and

in-demand Caribbean islands,

land in BVI comes at premium.

Clearly as the most accessible

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that may not yet have a jetty and

been snapped up.

then getting the construction

But beyond Tortola there’s a

islands to buy. Most of these tiny

want to live in BVI?

building materials to an island

prime locations have long since

international yachting fraternity A-listers. In short, who wouldn’t

and water supplies, getting the

land is in short supply and many

wide choice of islands to live

and a healthy sprinkling of

the difficulty of installing power

island of just 55.7 sq km, building

among the region’s classiest;

frequented by billionaires, the

getaways. But, in addition to

work completed. It’s not for the

faint-hearted or for those without

on and even a choice of entire

deep pockets.

But as the billionaire Sir Richard

islands are listed for sale as ‘POA’ and we are no doubt talking

about many millions of dollars

Branson has shown with Neckar, Fancy splashing out on an entire island?

One development on Virgin Gorda which caught my eye is the construction of villas at Oil Nut Bay

his personal 74-acre retreat just north of Virgin Gorda, it is pos-

sible, and a healthy income can

then be generated by renting out your own island to other wealthy people. I also suppose that it is only natural that the owner of

the Virgin brand should find a

home in the British Virgin Islands.


It’s worth noting that all international investors require a Non-Belongers Land Holding License (NBLHL) to purchase property. By contrast, a BVI Belonger is someone who is of BVI parentage or birth who holds BVI citizenship and has automatic UK citizenship. A purchaser of BVI real estate pays the following: • A one-time Stamp Duty at the rate of 12 per cent of the purchase price or evaluation of the property. • An annual Land Tax based on acreage: US$ 50 for the first half-acre (0.2 hectares) or less; US$ 150 for the next half-acre to one acre (0.2 – 0.4 hectares); US$ 50 for each additional acre (0.4 hectare). • A House Tax is levied on an annual basis at the rate of 1.5 per cent of the assessed annual rental value. • For home-owners who are not ordinarily residents of the BVI, only income generated in the BVI is taxable in the BVI. The tax is levied as a hotel accommodation tax of 7 per cent.

pool and on a 0.32 acre plot. The villa has access to all the Oil Nut

Bay facilities and can be included in the developer’s rental scheme.

Amenities JVD, with a population of just 300, is probably better value

but lacks many of the amenities of Tortola and Virgin Gorda.

This has its pluses and minuses – greater tranquillity but more

expensive living costs and issues in regard to schooling.

Nevertheless, a two-bedroom

villa is likely to be in the region of US$ 1 million. I found a modern four-bedroom/five-bathroom

villa set in one acre and comprising outdoor dining and living areas and boasting delightful

views of Great Harbour, Tortola,

the construction of villas at Oil

St John (USVI) and other nearby

Nut Bay. Set in 300 acres on

islands. Moreover, the property is

the island’s eastern tip, this is By the way, Branson also owns the nearby 120-acre Moskito (Mosquito) Island.

If buying an entire island is

way beyond your budget (and

that’s likely to be the case), then

located only a five-minute walk to

a development of the highest

Spanish Town and the beach.

order. For example, the newly

So look beyond Tortola to

built Jewel Box Beach Villa is

for sale at US$ 3.75 million and comes fully furnished with two

bedrooms, a wrap-around infinity

find the best bargains, but also A view like this doesn't come cheap in BVI

recognise that lower property prices can be offset by higher living costs.

there are still plenty of properties to buy – especially away from Tortola. Take a look at Virgin

Gorda or Jost Van Dyke. Even quite modest three-bedroom

villas – admittedly with excep-

tional sea views – on Virgin Gorda (the third-largest of BVI’s 60 or so islands and cays) are likely to set

buyers back in the region of US$

3-4 million. Virgin Gorda is linked to Tortola and parts of the USVI

by ferry and light aircraft and has a population of around 4,000.

One development on Virgin

Gorda which caught my eye is 15


Setting a course for BVI Explore the islands on a yacht charter By Kirsten Alexander

16 Cacique


ould there possibly be a

including Soper’s Hole, where you

their expert knowledge of BVI

British Virgin Islands than

enjoy some excellent food, and

diving, snorkelling or entertain-

better way to explore the

on a yacht charter? We think

not. As Tortola is the main base for exploring BVI by boat, hop

Cane Garden Bay, one of BVI’s

best and most popular beaches. Charter companies generally

can take you to the best spots for ment, but some people prefer to do the discovering themselves, so it’s your call.

aboard an interCaribbean flight

offer a wide portfolio of mono-

sail to explore one of the best

to suit your party size and budget.

Although a yacht charter may

you can opt for a yacht with

explore BVI, it is undeniably the

to BVI’s biggest island and set destinations in the Caribbean. The British Virgin Islands are

made up of over 50 islands and

cays, only 15 of them inhabited,

which makes for one of the most exciting sailing opportunities in the Caribbean, if not the world. The larger, main islands of

Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada

hulls and catamarans, all catered


If you’re travelling as a family,

not be the cheapest way to

several cabins, or smaller vessels with two cabins are perfect for a romantic week with your loved one. If you opt for a crewed

yacht, you will need to allow extra cabins for the staff on board.

and Jost Van Dyke all offer a host


much more to be discovered, the

(without crew) yacht or with crew,

of reasons to visit, but with so

You can choose from a bareboat

best way to explore surely has to

depending on your preference

be on the water.

Due to BVI's reputation as

one of the world’s best sailing

destinations, there are a host of

companies ready to help you pick the best charter for you, offering

a variety of itineraries, prices and yachts to choose from to ensure you have a great experience. Many of the companies are

headquartered in Tortola, which is the perfect base for exploring the What could be better than a yacht charter?

can stock up on provisions and

rest of BVI, but also offers many

worthwhile stopping points itself,

and abilities, so you don’t have to miss out on the fun if you’ve

never set foot on a yacht before. Bareboat charters are generally cheaper than crewed yachts,

but if you’re looking for ultimate relaxation in TCI, having a crew

to take care of you is the perfect solution. If you don’t want the

crew but also don’t have enough sailing experience, you can hire a captain to navigate you to

your destinations. The benefit of having a captain or crew means

most enjoyable and rewarding

experience, even if you are not

nautically inclined; all you need is a hint of wanderlust and a

free week or so to set sail and explore.


Each company offers different itineraries, depending on the duration of your yacht charter and crew preferences, and some allow for custom schedules, so you can go only where you want to go. Here are some destinations not to be missed: • Cooper Island: where you can snorkel at the wreck of RMS Rhone

• The Baths, Virgin Gorda: where you can swim among the famous boulders on the beach

• Great Harbour, Jost Van Dyke: where you can explore the many eateries and bars in the area • The Dogs: where you can enjoy excellent snorkelling and diving opportunities

• Soper’s Hole, Tortola: where you can stock up on provisions and enjoy a spot of shopping • The Caves and Indians, Norman Island: where you can swim and snorkel. 17



How long have you been Minister of Tourism, Eco-

Minister re-energises tourism sector

nomic Development, Investment & Energy and what has been

your most notable achievement since taking office?

I was appointed by Prime

Minister Gaston Browne in July 2014. I am fully committed to this task and humbled by the

confidence that the honourable Prime Minister has placed in me in leading the change in

our vital tourism industry, which is the major contributor to our country’s GDP.

I would say my most notable

achievement since my two-year tenure is the drastic turnaround in the tourism sector from

stagnation and decline to real

growth. The current success and growth in tourism air arrivals is

real and very evident. Based on

current projections and run rates, we are on track for double-digit

growth by year-end. This target, if

realised, would represent the best performance for air arrivals ever

recorded by Antigua & Barbuda.


What objectives in your

ministerial capacity have

you set for yourself going forward?

There are three main objec-

tives. The first is new tourism

investments: We must ensure

Antigua & Barbuda is one of the Caribbean’s most underrated destinations, but one with high hopes and huge potential. Cacique magazine’s Gary Gimson spoke to the Hon. Asot A. Michael, Minister of Tourism, Economic Development, Investment & Energy for Antigua & Barbuda, about the popular Sailing Week, the new airport terminal and the future of the country’s tourism.

that we continue to enhance and improve the product that we

offer so that we have the first-

class facilities and services being demanded by the modern dis-

cerning traveller. Our intention is

to double the current room stock of about 3,500 in the next 18 to

24 months. This investment must

be done in a sustainable way that ensures the long-term viability of

our tourism industry. At the same 18 Cacique

time it must create well-paying

jobs for our citizens and provide strong revenue streams to spur

the country’s economic growth.

Hand in hand with the growth

in new rooms comes the ability to increase airlift. This is extremely important as having affordable and convenient air access to Antigua & Barbuda, where

visitors can be on our beaches

the same day of travel, is critical

to our efforts in driving air arrivals into the destination. Our new

international airport termimal – complete with all modern

amenities such as jet bridges

– was opened last year and will

position us to take advantage of

the many opportunities available to us to grow the international

airlift, not just from our traditional markets, but potential new and growing markets such as Latin

and South America, the Middle East and Europe.

Regarding cruise tourism, the

redevelopment of the port and

city of St John’s is our top priority. Work has just been completed which will extend the Heritage

Pier to take the Quantum-class ships carrying over 4,000

passengers. Phase two will see

the complete redevelopment of the downtown city of St John’s

to return it to the marquee status it once enjoyed in the cruise

Regarding cruise tourism, the redevelopment of the port and city of St John’s is our top priority industry. The harbour channel has

end of 2016

larger ships and the major land

to a projected

been dredged to accommodate

side redevelopment will improve the arrival experience, the shop-

ping and overall services on offer to the hundreds of thousands of cruise passengers who will visit

our shores each year. Our aim is

to surpass the one million target


would translate air arrival figure of 275,000


What percentage of

Antigua & Barbuda’s GDP

is generated by tourism?

The industry generates 65

for cruise passengers in the next

per cent of the country’s GDP


for approximately 12,000 jobs,

two/three years.

What is your estimate for tourist arrival numbers

for 2016 and how does this

compare with the figures for the previous year?

At the end of the third quarter,

in September 2016, stay-over air arrival figures for Antigua

totalled 200,185 compared to 183,587 at end of September

last year, representing a growth of 9.1 per cent.

A 10 per cent growth at the

St John's is the capital of Antigua & Barbuda

compared to 250,000 last year.

and with tourism responsible

which represents 34 per cent of the labour force.


Has spending nearly US$ 100 million in 2015 on a

new airport terminal at V.C. Bird

International Airport been a wise investment and what benefits

has it brought to the local economy/tourism sector?

The new terminal, which was

opened just over a year ago, is the largest and most modern 19

Antigua&Barbuda in the Eastern Caribbean. It has

the destination from new routes.

destination’s airlift and has

ultimately translate into increased

been a catalyst for growing the cemented our position as a

premier tourist destination of choice in the Caribbean. The

These increased travel options

tourism arrivals from our critical source markets.

Scheduled flights from Antigua

ability of having same-day con-

to Santo Domingo’s Las Américas

from our major source markets

Tortola’s Terrence B. Lettsome

nections to Antigua & Barbuda

is a key requirement for growing visitor arrivals.

We have added five new

airlines since opening up the

new Sir V.C. Bird International

Airport last September, including interCaribbean Airways. There are also direct flights from

London, New York, Frankfurt,

Milan, Miami, Atlanta, Charlotte,

and from almost every Caribbean territory.

The other key benefit is the

drastic improvement that has

occurred in the service offering

at V.C. Bird International with its

International Airport (SDQ) and International Airport (EIS)

have further strengthened our

position as an aviation hub in the Caribbean. Antigua & Barbuda is now also in the perfect position to offer visitors and residents one-stop connections to the

Bahamas, Cuba, Jamaica and

their home base in the Turks &

Caicos Islands by partnering with interCaribbean Airways.


How important is Sailing

Week to the local tourism


Antigua Sailing Week (ASW),

jet bridges and multiple VIP and

which is the largest regatta in the

a first-class arrival and depar-

world, is a key and permanent

executive lounges. We now offer ture experience and we have

increased our new immigration desks to 20 positions.

All these factors have contrib-

uted to Antigua & Barbuda’s new airport being voted number two

Caribbean and fifth-largest in the fixture on our events calendar. Next year is a big anniversary year when the 50th Antigua

Sailing Week will be held from 29 April through 5 May.

Sailing Week gives huge

in the entire Caribbean. Our new

exposure to the destination and

contributed in no small part to

Nelson’s Dockyard, which was

airport facility has undoubtedly the growth that we have been

experiencing in our air tourism

with its setting in the historic

recently recognised as a Unesco

visitor arrivals.


Did you view the decision

by interCaribbean Airways

to launch flights to Antigua as a positive one?

Any decision by any airline to

increase services to the country

can only be viewed as a positive one. It means more seats into

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The island will be hosting cricketing fans at the two One Day Internationals matches in March 2017

laid-back village of Codrington,

English Harbour in Antigua

which has just 1,500 inhabit-

ants. Another option is via the Barbuda Express Ferry, which

takes about 90 minutes. There

are also daily catamaran or heli-

copter tour excursions available on demand.


Antigua has, of course, 365 beaches. Which is your

particular favourite and why?

My absolute favourite is Fort

World Heritage site, we have

and will remain a significant con-

mecca of Caribbean sailing. We


cemented our place as the

have an agreement with Nautical

Channel, who have a distribution network of five million sailors

that will see daily news clips of

the event. This gives tremendous international exposure to the

destination among the yachting fraternity.

Last year saw 121 yachts

entered with 1,200 sailors racing, with over 500 additional friends and partners representing 21 nationalities. The event cost

over EC$ 1 million to host with

significant sponsorship from the government.

Our multiple yachting

regattas actually serve to extend our tourist winter season and

are significant contributors to Antigua & Barbuda’s tourism

receipts. If ASW didn’t happen,

the likelihood of all of these race

boats coming to Antigua, if at all, this late in the season, would be Visit the Frigate Bird Sanctuary in Barbuda

very low.

The event has evolved over

the last 50 years, but regardless

tributor to the nation’s tourism

quite convenient to enjoy. It is one of our most beautiful


can they do so and what would

country in several ways. On one

visitors to Antigua to also

pop over to Barbuda? If so, how you recommend they do once there?

A visit to our country would

not be complete without visiting our little sister Barbuda, about 26 miles north of Antigua. If

you are looking for a place to

unwind and totally disconnect,

then Barbuda is one of the best places to do it in the entire Caribbean. In fact, the late Princess Diana regarded it as one of

her favourite private getaways.

With its stunning pink and white sandy beaches, one of which is 17 miles long, Barbuda is

essentially one long breath-tak-

ing beach after another, perfect for long walks, spectacular diving, snorkelling

and any water sport imaginable.

Getting to Barbuda

is fairly easy. Most

and will continue to remain

15-minute twice

strong for many years to come

throw from my home and so

beaches, with stunning white

Would you encourage all

of evolution, one thing remains true. Antigua Sailing Week has

James beach, which is a stone’s

travellers take the

daily flight into the

sand, majestic coconut palms and willow trees. It has such historic significance to our

end are the ruins of 18th-century Fort James, which was built

to protect the entrance to the harbour and city of St John's.

It was also the place where the

workers in Antigua gathered for

the first Labour Day picnic when

they declared their own workers’ holiday on 1 May back in 1951. The Antigua & Barbuda Trades & Labour Union, which was

the forerunner of our modern

Antigua & Barbuda Labour Party,

was instrumental then and now in improving the lives of the citizens of our country and helping to transform Antigua & Barbuda

into the modern and progressive nation that it is today.



By Kirsten Alexander

Wisdom is better than silver or gold…

BOB MARLEY MUSEUM IS A ‘MUST SEE’ FOR LOYAL FANS ‘Don’t gain the world and lose your soul, wisdom is better than silver or gold...’ -- Bob Marley


he singer and songwriter Bob Marley is one of the world’s best loved and

most iconic musicians, a figure

of inspiration and near-worship for his many admirers. Today,

35 years after his death in 1981, thousands of fans continue to

visit the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston to pay tribute to the

king of reggae and learn more about his life.

Robert Nesta Marley was born

in 1945 in Nine Mile, a village

in Saint Ann Parish in northern Jamaica. When he was nine,

Marley and his mother moved to the Trenchtown neighbourhood in Kingston, widely known as nodff /

the birthplace of reggae and

rocksteady music because of the

many musicians and groups who came from that area. It was here 22 Cacique

Lucian Milasan /

that Marley, along with his friend Neville (later known as Bunny

Wailer), began to explore music via American radio stations and the rising popularity of ska.

The Wailers taking guitar lessons, Marley’s

Rita until his death in 1981 and it

and from a young age he wrote

convert the house into a museum

musical talent began to burgeon and recorded songs with his

band, The Wailers. Songs like

was Rita herself who decided to

Hayk_Shalunts /

After joining a vocal group and

Reggae icon Bob Marley

celebrating his life and work.

Since 1987 hundreds of thou-

‘Get Up, Stand Up’ and ‘No

sands of admirers have visited

tional acclaim in the 1970s and

the icon and explore his legacy.

it hard not to be impressed by the

as it was when Marley lived there,

and musical significance.

Woman, No Cry’ won interna-

The Wailers found themselves being catapulted to fame.

In the late 1970s Marley

bought the house at 56 Hope Road, Kingston, that is now a

museum dedicated to his life.

Marley lived there with his wife

the museum to pay homage to

The house has been left largely

including his bedroom – for many

Marley legacy in terms of culture The museum can only be

people a highlight of their visit.

visited as part of a guided tour

of his personal items as well as

experience is well worthwhile

The museum also features some a theatre, memorabilia from the reggae culture and some of his many gold and platinum discs.

Museum Some diehard Marley fans travel hundreds of miles to visit the

museum because they regard it

as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity

lasting about 75 minutes; but the thanks to its friendly and knowledgeable guides. Photography and video recordings are not

allowed inside the museum, but there are opportunities to take

pictures outside – for example,

of the brightly coloured murals

showing aspects of Marley’s life. The museum also features

to visit the home of an influential

a gift shop and the One Love

visitors who have been dragged

some of Marley’s favourite

and iconic musician. And even

along by their other half will find

Café, where visitors can enjoy drinks and dishes. 23


On yoUr bike PEDALLING AROUND TCI By Gary Gimson


ed up with lying on the

beach? Feeling energetic

and looking for something

different to do while on vacation in Provo? I think I may have just the thing for you.

“It may be hot, but at least

it’s flat,” I told myself when I

Turtle Cove. Here, you can enjoy a well-earned coffee or even a

hearty breakfast to immediately put back all those hard-spent

some, but availability is limited,”

calories. This will cost you US$

says Doug.

150 (including bike hire) and

But rides on still-unspoilt North

without the hearty breakfast.

and Middle Caicos are the star

Cyclery owner Doug Camozzi


serves up guided trips, varying

– not only in Provo but also in

the well-upholstered, there’s a

sat down and spoke to Caicos about the bike trips he offers

Alternatively, and maybe for

remote-ish North and Middle

chopper tour (using comfy sin-


And if you think you need to

be built like a bean pole and be as fit as a butcher’s dog to ride in TCI, then think again. “We

customise rides based on ability,” Doug explained reassuringly. The least expensive and

two guides,” says Doug. And

there’s also a one-way ride with a trip back in a truck for those not able to make it back to Provo in

own Tiki Hut bar and restaurant – also on Turtle Cove. These bikes are fixed-wheel and ideal for

Provo’s mostly flat landscape.

For the more agile, there’s a

this costs a hefty US$ 100 extra.

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“Groups are varied and we take

with a pleasant dinner at Doug’s

Java Cruise 12-mile bike ride

back to the Green Bean café in

ride to a punishing 72 miles.

same distance, which concludes

41-mile, so-called Iron Man road

from Leewards Palm Gates and

from a relatively modest 25-mile

gle-speed cruisers) of about the

easiest ride on offer is a simple pedal around Provo. This is the

attraction for me. Caicos Cyclery

bike trip around the island, but “We suggest riders bring their

own shoes and clips. We do have

A group of cyclists ready to start

time for the last ferry.

Caicos Cyclery owner Doug (second left) and some riders

Riders will not be disappointed

by the quality of the equipment as Caicos Cyclery specialises in classy Trek and Scott road bikes. There are also cruiser

bikes, choppers and fixed wheel, perfect for the flat terrain, and

the company has all necessary accessories and gear and

provides a full service. “In fact, we own the only bike shop in TCI,” claims Doug.

Tough ride Riders go over to North and

Middle Caicos from Provo on

either the 06.30 or 09.30 ferry and depending on the speed

of group, they return from the

‘We customise rides based on ability,‘ Doug explained reassuringly

Sandy Point Landing at either

There are also visits to Bottle

13.30 or 16.30.

Creek (the largest community

North Caicos

Caves, Conch Bar itself (it’s one

on North Caicos), the Conch Bar

There are several stops on the

of three small settlements on

way, so it’s not all hard pedalling.

Middle Caicos) and eventually to

First of all, there’s Flamingo Pond

the village of Lorimars on Middle

on North Caicos (off the King’s

Caicos – and reaching this far

Road between Whitby and Horse

Also, be prepared because the

trip to North and Middle Caicos can be a hot and tough ride –

especially when there are strong headwinds from which there is

little shelter. Having the appro-

priate cycle gear and sun block is also key.

But for me, whatever the price

and any perceived discomfort, it sure beats sitting on the beach.

These trips include a stop for

of the Pumpkin Bluff Pond Nature

snorkelling or lunch and cost US$

Reserve. Here, there’s a chance

350 per person when there are

to spot (from some considerable

two or fewer riders, and just US$

distance) thousands of greater

250 when four or more. The price

flamingos but you will need binview of this graceful bird.

experiences do not come cheap.

is really only for the die-hards.

Stable Beach), which forms part

oculars to get a really close-up

Like most activities in TCI, these

includes a guide, bike rental, Enjoy TCI on a bike

ferry and hydration. Lunch is not included.

INFORMATION Caicos Cyclery is located at Saltmills Plaza on Gracebay Road, where there are new bikes for sale and a repair shop and mechanic. 25



The Bacardi brand of white rum, with its distinctive bat logo, has a colourful history going back to Cuba in the days when it was still part of the Spanish empire. Kirsten Alexander reports.


he fizz of soda water. The

ingredients results in a refreshing

kick of white rum. With

content of about 10 per cent by

freshness of mint. The

a squeeze of lime juice and a sprinkle of sugar, you have a

drink with a relatively low alcohol volume.

mojito – one of the most recog-


come from the Caribbean.

hotly debated, however, with

nisable and popular cocktails to Enjoyed across the world,

the mojito is a standard item on many cocktail menus. It’s

also relatively easy to make at

home, needing only a handful of ingredients and little equipment to mix the perfect mojito: white

rum, soda water, sugar, lime juice and mint. This simple blend of

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The origins of the mojito are

La Bodeguita del Medio bar in

Havana claiming to be the birth-

place of the cocktail, while other accounts suggest it dates back to the 1500s. Although no one

can be certain exactly how and

when the mojito was first created, its rise in popularity was almost

certainly thanks to the founding

Award-winning Bacardi rum

of the Bacardi company in 1862.

who opened bottling plants in

company in the world to produce

New York plant was a casualty of

Bacardi Ltd was the first

white rum and owes its origins to Facundo Bacardí Massó, a Spanish wine merchant who

emigrated to Cuba in 1830. He discovered that filtering rum

through charcoal removed the

the efforts of Schueg and others,

the Prohibition era of the 1920s,

Puerto Rico and Mexico and this

but on the positive side Prohibition encouraged many United

States tourists to visit Cuba and enjoy Bacardi rum.

In the 1930s Bacardi expanded

impurities found in cheap rum at

into Mexico and Puerto Rico,

and fine-tuned his methods of

Bacardi Building drew celebrities

the time. Having experimented

rum production, Facundo set up a distillery with his brother José in Santiago de Cuba in 1862. It

was this distillery, with its resident fruit bats, that inspired the iconic

while in Havana the iconic

to its art deco bar and under-

lined the status of Bacardi as an international brand.

Cuban revolution

Bacardi logo.

In the 1950s Bacardi grew ever

ence at the end of the 19th

operations, but then came the

The Cuban War of Independ-

century was a turbulent time

for the Bacardi family, with Don

Facundo’s eldest son imprisoned and the female members of the

family exiled to Jamaica. The war

did, however, lead to the creation of one of Bacardi’s signature

Before the revolution, thanks to

Barcelona and New York. The

more popular and expanded its Cuban revolution of 1959. It was in this year that Bacardi opera-

tions moved out of Cuba to new headquarters.

Bacardi had already expanded to helped the company to survive

after leaving Cuba following the

revolution. Production continued in Mexico, Puerto Rico, The

Bahamas, Spain and the United States. Eventually the company relocated to Bermuda and in

1992 Bacardi Ltd was formed,

bringing together the Bermuda

operations and the international operations, except for Spain.

Since then Bacardi has gone

from strength to strength and

is now the world’s best-selling rum. In addition to its flagship spirit, the company portfolio

embraces such internationally known brands as Grey Goose

vodka, Eristoff vodka, Martini and Bombay Sapphire gin.


cocktails, the Cuba Libre, a mix

of Bacardi, Coca-Cola and lime, celebrating a free Cuba. The Cuba Libre is still one of the

world’s most popular drinks, alongside the mojito.

Things improved further after

the war with Bacardi’s trans-

formation into an international

brand, thanks largely to Henri

(Don Enrique) Schueg, 27



At just 28 years old, Rihanna is one of the most successful female singers of this generation. Hailing from Barbados, the singer/songwriter has scored number ones across the globe, starred in Hollywood films and launched several fashion collections. Cacique magazine takes a look at the career of one of the Caribbean’s most successful female artists and her rise to worldwide fame.


orn and raised in Barbados

released and included debut

Ronald, alongside her two

charted in the top five in 15

by her parents Monica and

brothers Rorrey and Rajad, Ri-

hanna first developed an interest in singing aged seven years old,

and was discovered by American record producer Evan Rogers when she was a teenager.

Rogers was so impressed with

Rihanna that he asked her to

travel to the USA to record demo

single ‘Pon de Replay’, which

countries. The album itself gained moderate success, but it was her second album ‘A Girl Like Me’,

released in 2006, which produced several successful singles. Songs including ‘SOS’ and ‘Unfaithful’ helped Rihanna confirm her

status as an international pop star.

tapes. One of the record compa-


was Def Jam Recordings, where

career, Rihanna’s sound

nies that received a demo tape

At this point in her

rapper Jay-Z heard the tape and

was influenced heavily

invited Rihanna to audition for

the label. The Bajan teenager im-

pressed both Jay-Z and producer L.A. Reid so much that they insisted on signing her to their label, resulting in a six-album record

deal with Def Jam Recordings.

In 2005 Rihanna’s first album,

entitled ‘Music of the Sun’, was

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by reggae and R’n’B music, reflecting her Caribbean heritage and much of the

music she grew up listening to. The singer lists Bob Marley as

The Bajan teenager impressed both Jay-Z and producer L.A. Reid so much that they insisted on signing her to their label

one of her biggest influences,

‘Unapologetic’, which produced


Houston and Mariah Carey.

singles, including ‘What’s My

Age: 28

alongside Madonna, Whitney The release of Rihanna's

third album ‘Good Girl Gone

Bad’, was a departure from her Caribbean-influenced style,

with elements of pop, dubstep and rock music featuring more

prominently on the album. The follow-up record ‘Rated R’ was released in 2009. From these two albums, Rihanna scored

‘Umbrella’ and ‘Rude Boy’, the latter of which won Best

Rap Song and Best Rap/

Sung Collaboration at the 52nd Grammy Awards. Over the next four

years, Rihanna released three albums: ‘Loud’,

Found Love’ and ‘Diamonds’.

During this time, Rihanna won

several more awards, including Best International Solo Artist at

the 2012 BRIT Awards and MTV

Video Music Award for Video of

the Year for her collaboration with Calvin Harris ‘We Found Love’.

Helga Esteb /


Born: Saint Michael, Barbados

Biggest hits: Diamonds, Umbrella, Only Girl (in the World), We Found Love ft. Calvin Harris Number of albums: 8

Notable awards: 8 Grammy awards, 3 MOBO awards, 12 Billboard Music Awards Also known for: Modelling, acting, fashion design.

Released The singer’s eighth album ‘Anti’

was released in early 2016, gar-

nering positive reviews from the music industry thanks to Rihan-

na’s impressive vocal abilities and a host of styles and influences

throughout the album’s tracks. Rihanna made her acting

debut in ‘Bring It On: All or


‘Talk That Talk’ and

Name? (featuring Drake)’, ‘We

Name: Robyn Rihanna Fenty

DFree /

several top 10 hits including

a host of top 10 and number one

A popular hideaway for the rich and famous, TCI regularly welcomes those looking for an idyllic Caribbean getaway with added privacy and luxury accommodation. In June 2016 Rihanna joined the long list of stars who have holidayed in TCI, visiting Provo while on a break during her world tour. Aside from taking in the views and enjoying some down time, Rihanna was spotted at the popular Bugaloo’s restaurant in Provo enjoying some local cuisine.

Multi-awardwinning singer Rihanna

Nothing’ with a cameo role in the straight-to-DVD film, released in

2006. Several years later, Rihanna starred in the 2012 action film

‘Battleship’ as Petty Officer Cora Raikes, scoring herself a Teen Choice Award for her performance. In 2015, Rihanna lent

her voice to the animated film

‘Home’, starring alongside Steve

Martin and Jim Parsons. She also

released a concept album based on the film. Later in the year, it

was revealed that Rihanna would return to acting, this time on

screen, in the film 'Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’, due to be released in 2017. 29




he Queen is well known

a cheerful sight as they urged

so it’s fair to assume that

Earl Basden, riding Willie Boy,

for her love of animals,

the chance to watch a keenly

competitive donkey derby on South Caicos was one of the

day’s highlights for Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh

when they visited Turks & Caicos in 1966.


their mounts around the course. held on to an early lead to

take first prize. Runner-up was Samuel Smith Jr on Mighty

Sparrow and third prize went to Gilbert Lightbourne on Brown

Man. After the awarding of the

prizes, the royal party returned to ‘Britannia’.

The donkey derby was a

The royal couple had sailed

memorable occasion in the

Yacht ‘Britannia’ after spending

for the people of Grand Turk

to South Caicos in the Royal

the morning in Grand Turk. A royal box had been set up in

order to give the VIP visitors an optimum view of the course.

The donkey race was started by

Liam Maguire just in front of the royal box and the nine riders set off past the government

jetty to a marker at the Caicos

course of a memorable day

and South Caicos – a one-day

royal visit that marked a special

chapter in their history. It was at 8 am on 25 February 1966 that

‘Britannia’ arrived in Grand Turk with a naval escort following

an overnight voyage from the British Virgin Islands.

The day’s programme began

Fisheries and then back to the

at the Salt Company Pier,

caps and costumes, they made

greeted by the Governor of the

royal box. In their colourful

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where the royal couple were

A memorable day for the people of Turks & Caicos – a one-day royal visit that marked a special chapter in their recent history

Images: Sailrock |

The Queen meets some of TCI's Girl Guides

Bahamas, Sir Ralph Grey, and

sailed to South Caicos and was

Parade Ground by the Hon. R.E.

boats and sloops. After the

official speech of welcome at the Basden, and then later the royal couple were taken on a tour of the American missile tracking

base by Major General Vincent G. Huston, commander of the

greeted by a flotilla of small

official welcome, the royal couple visited the Caicos Fisheries plant and saw an exhibition of local crafts. Then came the historic

One of these was the Hon. E.T.

Wood, who received the insignia of the Order of the British

Empire – an event that was later commemorate on one of the

stamps issued in 1977 to mark the Queen’s Silver Jubilee.

The Turks & Caicos Police

donkey derby.

Force, too, has reason to recall

Here, they also learned about


1966 the police force had the

race and were shown models of

residents were presented with

US Air Force Eastern Test Range. Images: Sailrock |

Later in the day, ‘Britannia’

other dignitaries. There was an

Royal Turks & Caicos Islands Police Force

Grand Turk’s role in the space

During the royal visit several

the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo

honours for public services at a


reception at Government House.

that day with pride. In April

word ‘Royal’ added to its title in

recognition of its work during the Queen’s historic and one-andonly visit to TCI. 31


A flying start How Lyndon Gardiner changed TCI aviation forever


ounder and chairman of

purchased his first aircraft,

Lyndon R. Gardiner has not

on-demand air taxi service.

interCaribbean Airways

only taken his own airline from

strength to strength, he has also been a key player in revolutionising the aviation industry in Turks & Caicos.

Many years before the birth of

interCaribbean Airways (and its

predecessor Air Turks & Caicos), Mr Gardiner developed an

interest in flying and followed in the footsteps of his older brothers by attending Fort

Lauderdale flight school. After

spending the first decade of his

working life in the finance sector

in TCI, Mr Gardiner’s career move ended up changing the future of aviation and eventually resulted in what is today interCaribbean Airways.

After completing flight school

and aged just 24, Mr Gardiner 32 Cacique

which developed into a popular The informal service, named

InterIsland Airways, led to Mr Gardiner also assisting with

Medevac flights, sometimes

being called out in the middle

of the night to fly. In those days, there were few regulations

regarding flying, so even after a

Although Mr Gardiner had

across TCI in his plane, Mr

this was how he initially broke

full day of transporting people

trained formally as a pilot, and

Gardiner would then fly during

into the industry, he realised his

the night with Medevac. The

strong desire to help Medevac was a result of them saving Mr

Gardiner’s life after a motorcycle accident on Grand Turk, which left both of his legs broken. Several years later, Mr

strengths lay in business, so he Mr Gardiner is the owner of interCaribbean Airways

stepped down from piloting to put more time and energy into

the business side of developing his fledgling airline.


Gardiner’s operation increased

In 2003 the Turks & Caicos

fleet, and he started running

towards regional and inter-

from a single plane to a small

a fully fledged charter service.

Government pushed forward national development and

Mr Gardiner purchased his first aircraft, which developed into a popular ondemand air taxi service

While Air Turks & Caicos was

developing into an established

international airline, it was facing increased competition from



other small airlines, including


SkyKing, which served similar

Grand Turk South Caicos

routes, including destinations in

Haiti and the Dominican Repub-

Santiago de Cuba Montego Bay

Puerto Plata Cap Haïtien



Santo Domingo

San Juan



lic. In 2008 SkyKing was acquired


by Air Turks & Caicos, with all

operations and remaining aircraft merged into Air Turks & Caicos,

reducing local competition while

helping to increase fleet size and routes.

Now chairman of Air Turks

& Caicos, Mr Gardiner was

interCaribbean Airways map

was due largely to new opportunities opening across the

Caribbean, not just in TCI, and the potential that Mr Gardiner saw for further expansion.

about to take the company


the rebranding of the airline

Airways’ fleet embraces a range

through its next big change,

Today, the interCaribbean

as interCaribbean Airways in

of aircraft, including Embraer

2013. The decision to relaunch

120s, Beech 99s and Twin Otters, serving some 16 destinations in

the Caribbean, with plans to add more in the near future. Ileana Ravasio, ATTIMI Photography

From the purchasing of a

single aircraft after completing flight school, Mr Gardiner has been instrumental in shaping

the aviation industry in TCI and

is now the sole owner of one of

the Caribbean’s fastest-growing airlines.

the time came for the islands to have their own airline. Mr Gardiner’s small charter air

service, InterIsland Airways, was the perfect vehicle for this and was rebranded to become Air

Turks & Caicos, offering flights to international destinations

including Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Puerto

Rico. Recognising the work that

Mr Gardiner had put into developing the aviation industry in

TCI, he was voted Businessman of the Year in 2004. 33

eatOut Byline


Authentic cuisine in unpretentious surroundings

By Gary Gimson


t’s a truism that when travel-

ground for several weeks before

where the locals eat and not

revoltingly to mind here.

ling overseas it’s wise to eat

necessarily where your fellow

Now in Providenciales, where

tourists gather and popularise. It

there is no shortage of truly

for money, an opportunity to

out and where tourists usually

often means getting great value sample new dishes in unpretentious surroundings and to rub

shoulders with the locals, who may or may not be pleased to see that you are frequenting their favourite eatery.

Over the years, this maxim has

stood me in pretty good stead

fabulous places at which to eat dominate, it can be difficult to find a restaurant which caters largely for TCI folk and which

also serves excellent, consistent

and inexpensive food in convivial surroundings. Nevertheless, such places can be found.

except that every so often, you


local delicacy whose culinary

of the bunch is Chinson’s Grill

are forced to eat some inedible

And, for my money, the pick

appeal has yet to be fully appre-

Shack. Located just above the

ciated by outsiders. Iceland’s Chinson's offers great value for money

eating – comes quickly and

kæstur hákarl – a pungent and

rotting shark that is buried in the

Leeward Highway, Chinson’s is

authentic Jamaican (with vague hints of Chinese and TCI-style)

cuisine and is owned by the irre-

pressible Alan Hutchinson – and, what’s more, he’s the Jamaican Consul in Turks & Caicos. Alan

(kidney beans) and rice.

Apart from the obligatory goat

has lived in Provo for more years

curry, Chinson’s has some-

he hasn’t forgotten his Jamaican

a surprisingly good noodle

than he cares to remember, but roots or, more importantly, how

to prepare the perfect goat curry

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or spicy jerk chicken with peas

thing for everyone (including menu – it’s those Jamaican Chinese influences) and is

Images: Chinson’s Grill Shack

amazingly varied for a semi-fast food restaurant. Be warned, One of Provo's most popular eateries

however, Chinson’s is especially popular Friday evenings when

local people gather to eat and have a few beers.

Simple Don’t expect fancy crockery, fine dining or to be able to make a

reservation; part of the appeal is the simple presentation and the spartan surroundings – it’s

white plastic chairs inside and

mostly picnic tables outside. A

total absence of tablecloths and the food is served in Styrofoam. Yet Chinson’s is rated among

the top five eateries in Provo by TripAdvisor. In keeping with its easy-going attitude, Chinson’s also offers a take-out service

and somewhat surprisingly sells freshly made and particularly

yummy bread, and the lines can be out the door.

So, if you are in Provo and

have had enough of all the fine

dining and those fancy top-dollar prices, then look no further than Something for everyone

Chinson’s. If nothing else, it’ll make a welcome change. 35


One on Marlin

Provo’s high tech hideaway I

By Gary Gimson

away from the beach). But these are two distinct properties with differing styles and, naturally

enough, with a different clientele. For a start, One on Marlin

t’s sometimes hard to believe,

the beach – it’s not even near it.

is adults only and has single-

wants an ocean-view suite or

located mid-island and, broadly

are 31, but 101 are planned)

but not every visitor to Provo

demands a balcony overlooking the beach. In fact, many prefer

to just rent a car, find their own hideaway beach and seek out

somewhere different to eat each evening at one of Provo’s seemingly endless list of restaurants.

This high-spec boutique hotel is speaking, it’s self-catering. A car

parking spot right outside their front door.

attracted to properties such as

year or so and is the latest cre-

One on Marlin opened in the last

One on Marlin.

ation of barefoot entrepreneur

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and are what Kelly calls ‘multi-

guests get their own designated

types are exactly those who are

Grace Bay. For starters, it’s not on

at Kokomo welcome families

stay here and, as a consequence,


different from the fancy places on

while the two-bedroom suites

is exactly what’s needed if you

And these independent-minded

One on Marlin is, indeed,

bedroom suites (currently there

J. Kelly Sullivan, who also owns

and operates the nearby Kokomo Botanical Resort & Spa (also set

generational’. High-spec and high tech with luxury touches

If it’s actually possible for a

self-catering establishment, then One on Marlin’s suites are both cutting edge and high tech. So much so that even after a four-

night stay I still couldn’t work out

how to switch on the TV or access Netflix. To be fair, this says more

about me than it does about One on Marlin.

Says Kelly: “The pastries are

brought in, but eventually we

are going to serve fresh muffins and croissants baked on the

premises.” Breakfast is an opportunity to interact with your fellow One on Marlin is not your average Provo hotel

The light switches, too, are

The stylish open-plan rooms

motion sensitive. Again, this took

are cosy rather than uber spa-

property also has what Kelly calls

an impressively well-equipped,

low-tech me time to master. The “blazing fast internet.” And I can

certainly for vouch for this claim.

The stylish open-plan rooms are cosy rather than uber spacious and come complete with an impressively wellequipped, handy-size and smart-looking galley kitchen

cious and come complete with handy-size and smart looking

galley kitchen, small dining table and comfy couch. The is also a shady terrace for drinks or for even for breakfast.

Pastries Alternatively, One on Marlin

serves a simple but tasty breakfast of pastries, fruit, juice and coffee direct from reception.

guests – hailing mostly from

Canada and the US. Otherwise,

guests tend to keep themselves to themselves – no doubt busy each day with trips out to the

beach in their rental cars and to a restaurant in the evenings.

So if you enjoy eating out and

you’re not fussed about Grace Bay, then in my opinion this

property is the best of its type

on Provo – even if the pool and planned-for spa have yet to be

built. But don’t take my word for it, just scroll through the rave reviews on TripAdvisor. 37


Audi Q2

By Gary Gimson

Handsome is as handsome does…


’ve always been a fan of Audi.

years – the distinctly unattractive

contributes to bullet-proof resid-

was mightily impressed by its

fastback?) and the somewhat


I had an A4 for two years and

understated looks and faultless build quality.

That is not to say that Audi can

do no wrong in my eyes. I think the marque has made one or

two styling errors in the past few

A7 (who really wants a five-door misshapen Q3 come to mind.

But these rare lapses have been


tious A5 and brawny Q7.

and misses with its off-road

more than offset by the scrumpEven when Audi doesn’t quite

get the styling spot-on, there’s no doubting the finish, which

Even when Audi doesn’t quite get the styling spot-on, there’s no doubting the finish, which contributes to bullet-proof residuals

Chunky yet stylish

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uals and general second-hand

Now, having experienced hits offerings, Audi has come up with a new vehicle that most certainly joins the hits while sidestepping

the indifferent looks of the Q3/

version would seem best suited

Overall, the Q2 is just that bit

compact, high-riding SUV that

But Audi will also be offering

many of which have opted for

Q5. So, enter the new Q2 – a

competes head-on with others

in the sector such as the Nissan Juke, Buick Encore/Chevy Trax and even the Mazda CX-3.

Sharp styling I’m pleased to report that the Q2, which actually shares the A3’s

underpinnings, is much sharp-

er-styled than the more rounded Q3/Q5 and in many ways is a

better option in the sub-compact SUV sector.

In terms of engine size,

Sub-compact SUV

the 148 bhp, 1.4 litre petrol

to buyers in the Caribbean.

an engine range in different

markets that includes a frugal 1.0 litre gas, a 1.6 eco-diesel

plusher inside than its rivals,

SUV-style practicality over pure luxury.

The only area where the Q2

and a 188 bhp 2.0 litre diesel.

fails to hit the mark is in terms

come with two-wheel drive,

quite match some rivals and load

The smaller engines will only

whereas the bigger engines will have four-wheel drive (which

Audi consistently markets using the Quattro brand) as standard. In the cabin, the Q2 is all

but indistinguishable from the

slightly austere A3, with only the odd switch that is different.

of space. Rear legroom doesn’t space is not exactly generous. But if load lugging is an issue, it might be worth looking to

the unlovely Q3 or to the ever popular and flexible Nissan

Qashqai. If not, definitely plump for the Q2.

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GoPro HERO5 Black It’s the HERO we’ve all been waiting for…

Ready, steady

–GoPro! T

By Kirsten Alexander

he leading action camera

of new or updated features,

recording to the next level.

olutionising the relation-

found on the HERO4 Black.

the GoPro HERO5

recording since 2004, creating

Black and HERO4 Silver, were fine

manner of things, from

combine rugged design with

as Bluetooth connectivity and 4K

brand GoPro has been rev-

ship between action and video small, hard-wearing cameras that good image and video quality. The latest model to be

released by GoPro is the HERO5 Black, offering 4K video at 30

frames per second and waterproof capabilities down to 33

ft. The HERO5 Black seems to

be the best from GoPro so far. A marked improvement on

the HERO4, it also has a lower

including a new LCD screen not The previous models, HERO4

cameras, with handy features such recording – but the HERO5 offers

even more. It combines the styles and specs of the previous Black

and Silver variations – the HERO4

Black’s high-quality video and the

Silver version’s built-in screen – so that you needn’t choose between

upgrade or buy for the first time.

camera is its ability to record

seen as more of an expensive hobby than a necessity, many people are getting more and

more out of their gadgets and incorporating them into their

everyday lives. From extreme

sports to underwater adventures, dash cams to vlogging, the

improving quality of GoPros

makes them easy to integrate

into everyday life. The HERO5 is no exception and will no doubt

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a crash helmet to a selfie stick, without being too obvious or

intrusive. Of course, the image

high-end DSLR – but, realistically, do you really want to take a US$ 1,000 camera with you when mountain biking?

The main attraction of a GoPro video, which is why it has become a staple for many sportspeople and those who want to record without physically holding a

camera. The HERO5 is able to

record 4K video at an impressive 30 frames per second, allowing the user to capture clearer and

crisper images on the go. While

the HERO4 Black also provided 4K video at 30 fps, the HERO5 adds

new modes and features such as

Linear mode, improved low-light performance and much-needed video stabilisation, taking video

The new GoPro HERO 5 Black

quality is not the same as with a

for you.


While GoPro cameras can be

can be attached to all

two models to pick the best one

starting price than its predecessor – offering sound reasons to

Thanks to its small size,

With its compact size and durability, the HERO5 really holds its own against the elements, offering waterproof capabilities to 33 ft which can be extended further with a separate plastic housing

Perfect for sportspeople and adventurers

With its compact size and dura-

bility, the HERO5 really holds its

own against the elements, offer-

ing waterproof capabilities to 33


ft which can be extended further

• 3in TFT LCD touch wide screen

While the HERO5 Session is a

• Accepts SD, microSD memory card formats

it compromises on quality and


with a separate plastic housing.

smaller, more adaptable camera, features, while the HERO5 does it all, still in a compact package.

Versatile Versatility is another thing GoPro does well. With its small size

• 4k HD recording

• Wi-Fi, CCD sensor, digital image stabilisation, time-lapse recording, built-in lens cover, waterproof to 10 metres and rechargeable Li-Ion battery. Prices start from around US$ 399

and light weight (just 118 g), the HERO5 is perfect for holding,

attaching to sports equipment or

Our verdict? The GoPro HERO5

even using in the newly released

Black is an impressive starter

rately for a staggering US$ 799).

into action cameras. Its many

Karma Drone (available sepa-

The HERO5 can be attached to

any existing GoPro mount, so you don’t have to fork out for new

equipment to get the most out of the camera and adapt it to your specific needs.

gadget for those looking to get features will impress long-standing fans as well as photography

newbies. With a price tag of US$

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Embraer EMB 120 ‘Brasilia’

Manufacturer: Embraer Crew: Two pilots plus a flight attendant Seats: 30 Length: 65 ft 7½ in / 20 metres Wingspan: 64 ft 10¾ in / 19.78 metres Height: 20 ft 10 in / 6.35 metres Empty weight: 15,586 lb / 7,070 kg Loaded weight: 26,433 lb / 11,500 kg Engines: Two x Pratt & Whitney Canada PW100 turboprops Cruise speed: 298 knots, 343 mph / 552 km/h Range: Up to 750 miles / 1,200 km Service ceiling: 29,800 ft / 9,085 metres

Beech 99 Manufacturer: Textron Aviation Crew: Two Seats: 15 Length: 44 ft 6¾ in / 13.58 metres Wingspan: 45 ft 10½ in / 13.98 metres Height: 14 ft 41/3 in / 4.37 metres Empty weight: 6,645 lb / 3,014 kg Loaded weight: 10,900 lb / 4,944 kg Engines: Two × Pratt & Whitney PT6As Cruise speed: 205 knots /380 km/h at 10,000 ft (3,050 m) Range: 1,048 miles /1,686 km at 216 mph Service ceiling: 25,000 ft / 7,620 metres

Twin Otter Manufacturer: de Havilland Canada Crew: Two Seats: 19 Length: 51 ft 9 in / 15.77 metres Wingspan: 65 ft / 19.8 metres Height: 19 ft 4 in / Empty weight: 7,300 lb / 3,311.22 kg Loaded weight: 12,500 lb / 5,669.9 kg Engines: Two x Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 Cruise speed: 150 knots, 172 mph / 278 km/h Range: Up to 700 miles / 1,130 km Service ceiling: 25,000 ft / 7,620 metres

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