News Americas, ST. THOMAS, USVI, Thurs. Sept. 18, 2014: The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), has returned to a male chairmanship with the election Wednesday of Barbados Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Richard Sealy at the CTO’s Annual General Meeting in St. Thomas, USVI.
Sealy takes the reins from USVI Commissioner of Tourism, Beverly Nicholson-Doty who served as chairman for the past two years.
“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,” Sealy said of the election.
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.
The CTO is the Caribbean’s tourism development agency comprising membership of over 30 countries and territories including Dutch, English, French and Spanish, as well as a myriad of private sector allied members.