Turks and Caicos Islands

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Turks and Caicos Islands

Turks and Caicos Islands (kīˈkōs), dependency of Great Britain (2015 est. pop. 34,000), 166 sq mi (430 sq km), West Indies. There are more than 30 cays and islands, of which eight are inhabited. Geographically, the islands are a southeastern continuation of the Bahamas. The capital is at Cockburn Town on Grand Turk. Lobster and conch are primary exports; the economic mainstays are tourism and offshore financial services. There is also an underground economy based on the transportation of illegal drugs. For nearly three centuries (until the 1960s), salt production was the islands' main industry. The population is largely of African descent; Protestantism is the main religion and English is spoken. The islands are governed under a constitution that came into effect in 2012; direct rule was imposed by Britain from 2009 to 2012 due to evidence of corruption, dishonesty, and administrative incompetence under the previous constitution. There is a unicameral 20-seat House of Assembly with 15 elected members (5 at large and 10 from constituencies), 4 appointed members, and the attorney general, all of whom serve four-year terms. The government is headed by a premier, and the monarch of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, represented by a governor, is the head of state. The islands were first visited by Europeans in 1512 when Ponce de León landed there; they were a dependency of Jamaica until that island's independence in 1962. The islands suffered significant damage from Hurricane Irma in 2017.
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For more information about our schedule and fares visit www.interCaribbean.com, call us locally in the Turks and Caicos (+1(649) 946-4999), visit our offices or airport locations, or contact your favorite travel agent.
The reality TV stars traveled to Turks and Caicos in May, but (https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=11&v=jP2EwkdgL8M) footage from their vacation will only be shown on "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" in the fall.
5.7-acre (23,000 sq.-meter) property in Prince's real estate portfolio (AP/Turks & Caicos Properties LTD)
"Maria's eye will move near or just east of the Turks and Caicos Islands and the southeastern Bahamas today," the National Hurricane Center warned Friday morning.
I have fished the Caicos Bank several times over the past 25 years and always caught bonefish.
Students are introduced to the local flora and fauna of the Turks and Caicos Islands, as well as the environmental challenges facing the islands.
The RBDF and law enforcement personnel in the Turks and Caicos Islands also participate in counternarcotics operations.
The economy of the Turks & Caicos Islands (TCI) turned in another record breaking third quarter with an actual surplus up 75% over budget.
Effective December 13, the Turks & Caicos Islands-based carrier has begun offering twice weekly flights from Port au Prince to Kingston Norman Manley and to Santo Domingo Las Amricas using an EMB-120.