DHTA president resigns

Jonathan Vidal was elected  in November 2013
Jonathan Vidal was elected in November 2013

President of the Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association (DHTA), Jonathan Vidal, has resigned mere months after he was elected.

Vidal, who was elected as President in November 2013, has cited “circumstances beyond my control” as the reason for his resignation.

He did not elaborate.

In an interview with Dominica News Online on Monday, Vidal explained that he resigned on February 6th, 2014 and the fate of the DHTA now lies in the hands of the rest of the board members.

“I don’t know if anybody is acting in the position right now but I would expect the Vice President to step in,” he said.

Renee Whitchurch Aird- Douglas currently holds the position of Vice President of the DHTA.

When asked if any of the plans which he set out for the DHTA had begun, Vidal stated, “not really because I said before I had not met the body and it was difficult for us to figure where we were going, and it was not a one man show, so I could not decide on my own what we were doing.”

He noted however that he will remain on the association as a member but is no longer interested in serving on the board.

Vidal, who is a senior tour operator, received 20 votes at DHTA’s Annual General Meeting in November.

This was his fourth time serving as president of the association.


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  1. blind bat
    February 12, 2014

    so suddenly Mr Vidal has become a bad man because he made a decision about how to invest his time and his talents a man who is known and respected by all has become a target overnight. No one targets anyone who comes forward to run for the UWP so why is it an issue even if he resigned to contest for the DLP. doesn’t he have the same democratic right to make himself available like all the guys in UWP. grow up my people.

  2. Ashley
    February 11, 2014

    Jono Vidal, you cannot be serious. Why the backward move to make yourself insignificant? Shanks is more popular than you are. Tolo may be considering contesting as an ‘Independent’. If that is true, I suggest you don’t embarrass yourself my boy.

    February 11, 2014

    John do not let them think you have a lot of family
    members in SALISBURY that strategy will not work anymore. What have you done for your village for the many years you returned from Canada. Why don’t you age gracefully with pride and dignity and stay out of Skeritt mess. We do not like his policies. If you join he you will certainly lose your respect in that village because we are aware of all the financial wrong he has done to this country.

    • blind bat
      February 12, 2014

      what have you done for Salisbury yourself?

  4. Malgraysa
    February 11, 2014

    Mr. Vidal can not have given up his post at the DHTA because he has been selected as a constituency candidate for the Labour Party. He says that his resignation is because of “circumstances beyond my control”. To be or not to be a candidate is within his control, nobody forcing him. Therefore, unless he is lying it must be something else that caused his abrupt departure.

  5. I know
    February 11, 2014

    Both Ms. Whitford and Mr. Vidal resigned from this mess they call a DHTA Board. The power struggle over there is great hahahahaha these people are real funny. Hahahahaha :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  6. February 11, 2014

    Jonathan know well he want to run for the Labour party and he still go up. He also know he doh have the real head to move d DHTA. Even doh dey say he was Pres for 4 years. Jonathan you will loose boy. Doh go in those people fing. Stay with your tourist vehicles. Or maybe you get too much duty free so you want to help d government. Magras say, Jonathan, you not talking for does farmers in Barwi and you want to represent them? What a DAM SHAME

  7. Concerned
    February 11, 2014

    Hmm, Mr Vidal, nice to know you are being roped into the political arena. As a friend I wish you well, but hope you can give a different face to the DLP, do not allow anybody to use you, this is my best advice to you.
    I am not a supporter of the non-sense that is going on in Government but you are my friend and I am very much concerned about you. But all the best. I must speak.

  8. kingman
    February 11, 2014

    Hmmm DNO your bias will hang you, why don’t you report to the people that the secretary resigned at the same time with the president?.
    The truth will soon be on the street.

  9. A! A!
    February 10, 2014

    Mr. Vidal is tired with the position. He held the position 4 times. He made his contribution, no matter how we think of it.. He look well relaxed in the photo.

  10. February 10, 2014

    So sorry there he was knowing what to do but always others blame and do not doing nothing and also forget the board members are not paid to run the DHTA The are voluntarism and have their one business tu run as well.
    Those that know better never doing nothing.
    I do not have the time and I know it is allots of work and receiving no mush appreciation or not, even non!!!
    Some start a new business and come and tell what the board member have to do!!but do nothing self.
    I know I start my one and deal self with everything. OK we can have help but dot expect the do your job!!
    In Europe we say: Best Shippers are always on shore.
    I do hope someone will take over their the need is there.
    Best luck and thanks for everything Mr. Vidal.

  11. I know
    February 10, 2014

    The man have his reasons for doing what he did. When you have some board members wanting to do what they want, how you expect the man to stay in that mess nuh? Waiting to see what will happen next. More resignations to follow soon, lol :mrgreen:

  12. Positively Dominican
    February 10, 2014

    Yes Mr Williams – where there is smoke there is definitely fire!

  13. Mayeh
    February 10, 2014

    Isnt that the same Jonathan Vidal, who commented on the issue concerning Thomson Fontaine without properly informing himself as the President of the DHTA?

    • February 11, 2014

      @mayeh, Is this it? THANK YOU.Time!

  14. sense
    February 10, 2014

    Admin,tell us about another resignation of the DAAS president also that is breaking news!

  15. yout
    February 10, 2014

    how these ‘grown’ men, expect US to respect them. these aren’t grown men, but adolescents in grown bodies. used as pawns in the political game smh…

  16. Wosh!
    February 10, 2014

    But Roy you sounding like a kool panicking taking you all the way up there!!! Take your tables wii panda. Alas doh drop before the race starts. I need to see how handsome u looking when u crying. :mrgreen:

  17. Jacky Chan
    February 10, 2014

    Sound like bad leadership to me. Mr Vidal a leader find way to get people to follow him or her. If the people wont follow then instead of pointing fingers look in the mirror.

    I do find it interesting that Mr Vidal is expressing interest in an association that he is insinuating is dead.

  18. Ann Derass
    February 10, 2014

    This is disrespectful! Elected in November and resigns in February? Total disregard for the membership of the organization. He should be expelled if his reason is not satisfactory.

  19. Jedi
    February 10, 2014

    Excuse me Mr. Vidal,

    Why release your letter of resignation the day after a General meeting? Could you reveal your intentions directly.

    Thanks for your contribution… However, after two months of positioning yourself to be voted in as President, I think you have wasted the time of the persons involved in the association.

    God Bless.

  20. Malgraysa
    February 10, 2014

    Is this a post where you have to declare your sources of income and assets to the IPO?

    • Bogoroy
      February 10, 2014

      Uh huh. Yea man.

      • Roy Williams
        February 10, 2014

        Yea man, my foot, Mr. Vidal must be honest. It is alleged that he is Skeritt’s boy to run against Spraggs John in the Salisbury Constituency.

      • February 10, 2014

        If the allegations are true that would not be the best way to get the public to votes for him after all if he had intentions of running for the DLP party he should have given someone else a chance to run for DHTA president instead. WHY NOW !

      • JoJo
        February 10, 2014

        Be serious Roy. Don’t make me laugh.

    • Not a herd follower
      February 10, 2014

      Interesting revelations, Roy. That would put in context his statement that Thomson lied and was tarnishing the country’s image when Thomson reported what some youth told him.

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