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Diamond in the sky
Things to do in BVI
Pedalling around TCI
Like a bat out of heaven
InterCaribbean AIrways Issue 04
Contents Rocks, rum and lots of fun
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On your bike
Like a diamond in the sky
HOMAGE TO FIDEL CASTRO
IN THIS ISSUE
BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
PROPERTY WATCH: TIME TO BUY IN BVI?
PROFILE VIEW: RIHANNA
EAT OUT: CHINSON’S GRILL SHACK
HOTEL GUIDE: ONE ON MARLIN
CAR REVIEW: AUDI Q2
TECH REPORT: GOPRO HERO5 BLACK
Welcome to fabulous BVI
10 THINGS TO DO IN BVI
Rocks, rum and lots of fun
Explore the islands on a yacht charter
18 ANTIGUA &
Minister re-energises tourism sector
BOB MARLEY MUSEUM
Wisdom is better than silver or gold…
On your bike – pedalling around TCI
Like a bat out of heaven
Royal race day – Turks & Caicos style
A FLYING START
How Lyndon Gardiner changed TCI aviation forever
USEFUL INFORMATION 44
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 Tortolaâ€™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
@AirTurksNCaicos interCaribbeanAirways intercaribbean-airways www.intercaribbean.com
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
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.
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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 interCaribbean.com
BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
In celebration of one of interCaribbeanâ€™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.
CALLWOOD RUM DISTILLERY Tortola
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.
SAGE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK
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.
D"COALPOT BVI RESTAURANT, BAR & GRILL Tortola
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
lime pie to finish
COPPER MINE NATIONAL PARK
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.
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.
SOGGY DOLLAR BAR Jost Van Dyke
The birthplace of
siasts. Located in White Bay,
J.R. O’NEAL BOTANIC GARDENS
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.
Time to buy in BVI? By Gary Gimson
FROM BRAND-NEW VILLAS TO ENTIRE ISLANDS
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
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
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
Setting a course for BVI Explore the islands on a yacht charter By Kirsten Alexander
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.
PLACES TO VISIT
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.
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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.
INFORMATION www.visitantiguabarbuda.com Instagram.com/antiguaandbarbuda Facebook.com/AntiguaBarbuda
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 / Shutterstock.com
the birthplace of reggae and
rocksteady music because of the
many musicians and groups who came from that area. It was here 22 Cacique
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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
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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.
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$
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.
“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
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. www.caicoscyclery.com
Like a bat out of heaven A TALE OF INVENTION, REVOLUTION AND RELAXATION
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 â€“ 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. Itâ€™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
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.
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.
MAKE A MOJITO
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,
LIKE A DIAMOND IN THE SKY BAJAN POP STAR RIHANNA
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
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
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’.
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TURKS AND CAICOS
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
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‘Talk That Talk’ and
Name? (featuring Drake)’, ‘We
Name: Robyn Rihanna Fenty
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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.
ROYAL RACE DAY TURKS & CAICOS STYLE
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
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 | www.southcaicos.com
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
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 | www.southcaicos.com
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.
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.
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 Gardinerâ€™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
Gardinerâ€™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.
Gardinerâ€™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
TURKS & CAICOS Providenciales ISLANDS
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
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.
CHINSON’S GRILL SHACK
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
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.
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
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.
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
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,
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.
Just like the A3, only different
GoPro HERO5 Black It’s the HERO we’ve all been waiting for…
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
impress the casual user and the daily vlogger alike with its host 40 Cacique
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
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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