CTO appoints Dominican as sustainable tourism specialist

Amanda Charles
Amanda Charles’ appointment took effect on Tuesday 

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (17 May, 2016) – The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has appointed Dominican native Amanda Charles as Sustainable Tourism Specialist effective today.

Ms. Charles will coordinate and implement the CTO’s sustainable tourism programme aimed at enhancing the development, growth, quality, competitiveness and sustainability of Caribbean tourism.

Ms Charles is a tourism professional with several years of experience, having worked most recently as the adviser to the directorate of sustainable tourism at the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, a position she held for five years.

While there Ms. Charles coordinated the directorate’s sustainable tourism programme and managed the financial, technical and logistical aspects of the directorate’s projects and activities.

She also worked as a tourism specialist consultant at the Organization of American States (OAS) department of economic development, trade and tourism in Washington, DC and as a project consultant at the OAS department of sustainable development.

A CTO Foundation scholarship winner in 2006 and 2007, Ms. Charles is a graduate of George Washington University in Washington, DC from which she holds a master’s degree in tourism administration, with emphasis on sustainable destination management. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in hospitality and tourism management, with minors in business administration and French, from the State University of New York (SUNY) Plattsburgh.

As the CTO’s sustainable tourism specialist, Ms. Charles will lead the organization’s agenda which includes helping to develop quality standards for Caribbean destinations and their tourism products and services; designing, delivering and/or coordinating training and development programmes dealing with sustainable tourism and product development; and providing and/or facilitating technical advice/assistance on management issues related to product development and sustainable tourism matters to Ministries of Tourism, Boards of Tourism and other public and private sector tourism entities in the CTO member states.

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15 Comments

  1. Nature Island
    May 20, 2016

    Congratulations Amanda! Well done. Wishing you success and blessings in your current and future endeavours.

  2. Sharon
    May 18, 2016

    Congrats Amanda!

  3. Sunshine
    May 18, 2016

    congrats mandy…ben would of been proud.

  4. R.Linton
    May 17, 2016

    I am not Surprised with this appointment Amanda…You have really worked hard over they years. Be Blessed all the time.

  5. brois
    May 17, 2016

    Testament to home grown qualification to build our tourism but instead we hiring people to build our industry with no formal education in the sector. From minister down to operator . . .and we wonder why we suffering. Politics in Dominica is sooo dirty

  6. eat en
    May 17, 2016

    Well, they got the contract to build a bridge in Dominica, so they are attempting to show some stupid gratitude. :twisted:

    • Too Hard Too Long
      May 18, 2016

      stupid comment

  7. NabesandI
    May 17, 2016

    An excellent candidate for Director of Tourism. Get rid of useless Piper.

  8. Face the Facts
    May 17, 2016

    Congratulations! You appear to possess expertise in this field.
    We hope you have some sort of affiliation with LIAT so that this enterprise could cease it’s unsatisfactory service to Dominica. All this is part of tourism. LIAT is not assisting Dominica in the tourism field.
    Good luck and may God bless you!

    • fitz
      May 18, 2016

      She is not the one who pured the 8 million into Liat, makack.

  9. Blessed to bless
    May 17, 2016

    Go head Mandy.
    Ben’s nose would have gotten longer lol.
    She touched our lives too and we rejoice with you.
    Go on girl. Shine.

  10. CHS ROCKS
    May 17, 2016

    CONGRATULATIONS. WISHING YOU SUCCESS IN YOUR NEW JOB.

  11. Real!!!!!
    May 17, 2016

    Our brightest are always out working elsewhere and doing much better.

    What a country we are living in that is afraid of embracing talent in a meaningful way.

    We certainly need this skillset for this dying TOURISM sector in Dominica.

  12. louise
    May 17, 2016

    good luck my Amanda u worked hard always….keep soaring higher always..
    just sad that your own island lacks any sort of tourism planning, as the sector under a lack luster frontman is done and dusted….

  13. sassie sue
    May 17, 2016

    congrats mandy!

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