The Ba­hamas elected chair of CTO

Jamaica Gleaner - - HOSPITALITY JAMAICA -

THE BA­HAMAS has been elected chair of the Caribbean Tourism Or­gan­i­sa­tion (CTO), with the elec­tion as Min­is­ter of Tourism Obie Wilch­combe.

The elec­tion took place on Septem­ber 15 in Bar­ba­dos at the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s an­nual gen­eral meet­ing dur­ing the CTO’s State of the Tourism In­dus­try Con­fer­ence.

Fol­low­ing his elec­tion, Wilch­combe said: “I in­tend to build upon what [im­me­di­ate pre­de­ces­sor Richard Sealy of Bar­ba­dos] be­gan and I also in­tend to build on the re­la­tion­ship with the pri­vate sec­tor. I’ve al­ways thought that CTO is the body that pro­vides eq­uity and we can; and the way is to speak with the same voice. We also have to deal with the is­sue of in­ter-re­gional travel.”

Wilch­combe suc­ceeds Bar­ba­dos’s Min­is­ter of Tourism and In­ter­na­tional Trans­port Richard Sealy, and will serve a two-year term. It is his sec­ond stint as chair­man, hav­ing pre­vi­ously been elected to the po­si­tion in 2002.

The Ba­hamas min­is­ter will shortly name his ap­pointee for the post of chair­man of the CTO board of di­rec­tors, since, ac­cord­ing to the CTO Con­sti­tu­tion, the board chair­man and the chair­man of the Coun­cil of Min­is­ters and Com­mis­sion­ers of Tourism must come from the same mem­ber coun­try.


In ad­di­tion to the elec­tion of the chair­man, vice-chairs were elected to serve on the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee of the board of di­rec­tors to rep­re­sent var­i­ous sub-groups – Cu­raçao, rep­re­sent­ing the Dutch Caribbean; Mar­tinique, rep­re­sent­ing the French Caribbean; Bar­ba­dos and Belize, rep­re­sent­ing the in­de­pen­dent CARICOM coun­tries; and the Turks & Caicos Is­lands rep­re­sent­ing the Bri­tish Over­seas Ter­ri­to­ries. Each of th­ese mem­ber coun­tries will form the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee of the board of di­rec­tors, which will be com­pleted with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the pri­vate sec­tor.

Last Fri­day’s vote was in keep­ing with the CTO con­sti­tu­tion which man­dates that elec­tions must be held ev­ery two years.

This year’s con­fer­ence at the Hil­ton Bar­ba­dos Re­sort was or­gan­ised in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Bar­ba­dos’ Min­istry of Tourism and In­ter­na­tional Trans­port and the Bar­ba­dos Tourism Mar­ket­ing Inc and was spon­sored by LIAT, the Caribbean Air­line and Lib­ris by Pho­to­shel­ter.

Obie Wilch­combe

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