Barbados elected chair of CTO

The new chairman with outgoing chair Beverly Nicholson-Doty
The new chairman with outgoing chair Beverly Nicholson-Doty

Barbados has been elected Chair of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), with the election as Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Richard Seay.

The election took place on 17 September in St. Thomas, USVI during the CTO’s Annual General Meeting.

Reacting to the announcement, Mr. Sealy stated, “I look forward to putting my very best foot forward and working along with all of the other entities in the region to deal with some of the vexing problems that we have right now with tourism. And of course to continue the good work that has been done by this organization recently.”

Minister Sealy succeeds USVI Commissioner of Tourism, Beverly Nicholson-Doty and will serve a two-year term..

The Barbados 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.

Five vice chairs were also elected to serve on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors.

They are the USVI representing the US territories; St. Eustatius, representing the Dutch Caribbean; Martinique representing the French Caribbean; Guyana and Trinidad & Tobago, 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.

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

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  1. Between two of us
    September 18, 2014

    I am very disappointed that Barbados was elected chair of the CTO, and not Dominica. In my view, with all what the DLP did TO tourism I thought, I really expected them to elect Ian Douglas, as chairman. Let’s take another look again as the resume of Ian Douglas and the dlp:

    1. The Dlp spent $130 million dollars to renovate the Melville hall airport, so we could enjoy night landing. Did the CTO overlook that?
    2. They gave $ 8 million to Liat to ensure Dominicans are not left stranded. Did the not see our generosity?
    3. After all, it was under their reign we lost both Carnival Cruse and American Eagle and none was their fault. Did they forget that?
    4. They were the first government to bring two nonstop flights from the USA to Dominica during the 2009 elections. How could they overlook this one?
    5.They gave $500K to the bishop of the catholic church to use on the Roseau cathedral, one of the most visited tourist sight on the island. Are they blind?
    7.They were able to sign a loan of almost $300 million dollars with Chinese firm to build an international airport somewhere in Dominica, maybe the dead sight of Euginia or somewhere in space. One thing, we got the loan already,,,sight will come later.
    Quite clearly Ian Douglas and the DLP should have been rewarded for their effort and for that I am disappointed.

    • budman
      September 19, 2014

      excellent satire!

    • really?
      September 19, 2014

      are you seriously thinking about what you just put or singing for your supper? Do you even know what Barbados has done for CTO? Cause you clearly didn’t compare them to what Dominica has done. What about other islands? Do you have any reports, facts, statistics or figures other than begging for your meals?

      • budman
        September 19, 2014

        are you really that clueless? really? the poster was using a literary device called satire. He/she was being sarcastic. jeeez!!

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