THE CONTRACTS OF the 18-member board of directors of the Barbados Tourism Authority (BTA) have been revoked. The DAILY NATION understands however, that about nine or ten of them have been rehired almost immediately…
… Speaking on condition of anonymity, a director said that among those rehired were Ralph Taylor, Austin Husbands, Steve Alleyne, Denis Roach, Alvin Jemmott, representatives from the Barbados Workers Union, Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association, Barbados Association of Retailers, Vendors and Entrepreneurs and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Andrew Cox.
The other members of the former board were Sunil Chatrani, Dr Jeannine Comma, David Jean-Marie, Adrian Loveridge, Eric Mapp, Roseanne Myers, Bernard Weatherhead, Shelly Williams, and Michael Yearwood…
… from the Nation article BTA Shake-Up
“Speaking during at the tourism media briefing Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, Sealy said the former directors had not been discarded as they had all received invitations to be part of the new tourism product development company. The existing BTA is to be eventually amalgamated into the new marketing company.”
… from the Barbados Advocate article Changes At BTA
Good For Adrian Loveridge!
The blogging community hasn’t heard all that much from hotel owner Adrian Loveridge since he was appointed to the BTA last year. Now that he has not been rehired at the BTA we expected that Adrian would go back to his full time job of running one of the best small hotels in the country – Peach and Quiet – which is usually at 100% occupancy no matter what.
But no, Adrian and the other former BTA Board Members have been invited to staff a new government sponsored tourism marketing company.
While not expecting any violations of confidence from Adrian, we hope that he will break the writing drought that struck when he became a member of the BTA and likely had to bite his tongue about many subjects. We’re not sure what the new position means for Adrian and the others, but we wish him and the others well as they work to maintain the single most important sector of our national economy.