DHTA appoints new Executive Vice President

Kevin Francis

The Board of Directors of the Dominica Hotel & Tourism Association (DHTA) appoints new Executive Vice President (EVP), Kevin Francis.

The Dominica Hotel & Tourism Association (DHTA), a membership-based tourism development organization serving the industry for over four decades, announces the appointment of Kevin Francis, as Stephanie Astaphan’ s successor, as the Executive Vice President of the DHTA.

“We are thrilled to announce this appointment,” remarked Arienne Perryman, DHTA’s President. “Kevin will bring leadership and creativity to the DHTA and its Members, with a deep sense of commitment to the hospitality and tourism sector of Dominica and the region by extension.”

Kevin’s background includes marketing and customer relations. He graduated from the Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas where he pursued a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Marketing.

Francis served as the Brand and Trade Coordinator at J. Astaphans and Co Ltd, where he coordinated outside events and promotions, market research, formulated strategies to increase market share and saturation, and worked directly with distribution customers to increase stock turnover amongst other duties.

Francis will assume his role as Executive Vice President as of March 1, 2017.

“I am extremely delighted to work along with the Dominica Hotel & Tourism Association (DHTA) to help, represent and be the unified voice for, it’s over 100 members in the Tourism industry,” Francis remarked. “I consider it an honor to be part of such an innovative organization and plan on using all our information, and personnel resources to help increase visibility for the organization, its values and its members.”

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  1. Frank Talker
    February 22, 2017

    “Kudos” to you, Sir! I trust you are ready to tow that heavy boat called DHTA. I am not at all being critical of the association; I am being pragmatic. The private sector is paddling some very turbulent waters at this time. But if you have the fortitude, you can make a change.

    The statement by Perryman is most unfortunate. “We are thrilled to announce this appointment. Kevin will bring leadership and creativity to the DHTA and its Members, with a deep sense of commitment to the hospitality and tourism sector of Dominica and the region by extension”, remarked Arienne Perryman, DHTA’s President.

    I cannot pretend not to read between the lines of the statement by Perryman. She is talking about the association’s need for someone who will bring “leadership, creativity and commitment to the industry.” The outgoing EVP must be reading the quotation over and over again. What did she do wrong? What was she lacking?

  2. I Know that Guy
    February 22, 2017

    CONGRATS… I know you will do a commendable job once you are given the resources and the leverage to work with… Best wishes for a successful term with the DHTA

  3. DA
    February 21, 2017

    Big up yourself Kev. And I wish you success in your position.

  4. Always cry ppl down
    February 21, 2017

    one thing eh…. Dominicans like to cry down their ppl eh. A simple congratulations would have done but no you choose to comment on something as minuscule as an adult who is obviously at a cocktail affair HAVING a cocktail. Even insinuating that he Might not be the best person because he is an alcoholic? lol Peace be with all of you and congratulations!

    You deserve everything you get and don’t let these Keyboard gangsters slow you down… they are the ones who are unhappy in their live position. GWAN UP!

    • Look It
      February 21, 2017

      LORD HAVE MERCY….. you deduced from the comments that persons are insinuating that he is an alcoholic …..dammm you need to really learn to read and comprehend. It is the picture and its impression that is not suiting for such an article.. THAT IS ALL that was being brought across.

      SOME OF YOU ALL MUST HAVE SUCKED AT COMPREHENSION in grade school :lol: :lol: :lol:

  5. devine empress
    February 21, 2017

    congrats Kevin we know u will be successful

  6. Hmmm
    February 21, 2017

    Well, Miss Perryman said it right: they need leadership and creativity at DHTA.

  7. The Fate of Mankind
    February 21, 2017

    Congratulations Kevin. I trust that you will be diligent, and hold a high level of integrity in your new position. All the best.

  8. Everything is Upside down
    February 21, 2017

    Good observation there last contributor. Not very professional at all but i guess that’s Dominica for you.
    By the way,i sense poaching. An Astaphan leaves the job only for an employee of Astaphan to get the job.
    Well look things in this country. I smell a Big Fat Rat :lol: :lol:

    • chuk chuk
      February 21, 2017

      thats all you can think of…..baaaaaaa. (sheep)

    • Weh Boy
      February 21, 2017

      Kevin worked tooth and nail to secure the position at DHTA on his OWN. There was no contact to the predecessor, and quite frankly, because of his work ethic and devotion to his job, I am sure the Astaphans team didn’t want him to leave.

      BTW DHTA didn’t supply the photo. DNO sourced it themselves. So Kudos to DNO for painting that picture in the minds of the readers!! Shame!!

      Congratulations once again K3V!!
      You deserve it!!

      ADMIN:This photo was sent to us by the DHTA. All media houses have the same photo.

  9. Look It
    February 21, 2017

    Congrats young man….. however DHTA this pic is just not appropriate…. really a man you all entrust to take on a roll that will propel the DHTA into greater accomplishment, submits a photo of him siting with a glass of what looks like alcohol in front of him.

    • The Fate of Mankind
      February 21, 2017

      Last i remembered, alcohol was legal. If you want to criticize the picture on a religious point of view i would say Jesus himself turned water into alcohol at a wedding celebration. On a naturalist puritan angle? ok well a glass of alcohol a day is considered a healthy practice in some cultures. on an economic angle? in many regions of the world, wine and scotch and rum is a major attraction for tourism. I believe this pic is fine and very appropriate. In fact, be aware that our bush rums in Dominica are a unique product which the visitors enjoy. Ask the rum shop owners and bar and food tour providers. they are amazed by the variety.

    • Positive Vibes
      February 21, 2017

      Why assume the worst? The drink could have been juice for all we know.. Let’s stop looking for negatives and congratulate this young man and wish him well in his new position.

    • chuk chuk
      February 21, 2017

      Genius thats a facebook pic…………DNO didn’t get it from him. Its the face that matters not the background or foreground and the name.

      • Outside The Box
        February 21, 2017

        Using such a picture shows gross unprofessionalism. I’m sure it is not something that Francis approved.

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