TCI changes time zone

| 10/03/2015 | 1 Comment

(CNS Business): The Turks and Caicos Islands have switched from the long followed Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Atlantic Standard Time (AST) to allow the islands’ winter season visitors an additional hour of sunlight before nightfall.  The move took place on Sunday and the islands are now aligned with Eastern Caribbean islands like Barbados, Guadeloupe and Puerto Rico.

The timing of the changeover coincided with the switch in the US and Europe to Daylight Saving Time (DST). However, the TCI will not turn back clocks by one hour at the end of the Daylight Savings Time on Sunday 1 November but will remain on Atlantic Standard Time all-year round.

Permanent DST will mean later sunsets, hence more daylight in the afternoons for tourism activities during the winter months for the islands. Turks and Caicos Island officials stated they hope that this will boost the tourism industry, which is one of the biggest economic contributors there.

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  1. Very smart move. Cayman should do the same. 1 more hour of daylight every night of the year. That’s not a hard decision to make. Home before dark.

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