St. Lucia to chair CTO

St. Lucia has been elected as Chairman of the
Caribbean Tourism Organization with the Hon. Philip J. Pierre, Minister of
Tourism for St. Lucia elected
at the 46th meeting of the CTO Board, during CTC-29.The Hon. Pamela C. Richards, Commissioner of Tourism for the U.S. Virgin Islands,
and CTO Chairman for the past two years, turned the gavel over on Sunday, Oct. 22,
to Minister Pierre to conclude the Board of Directors meeting.

As Minister Pierre accepted the Chairman position from Commissioner Richards he
stated, “Her example will be hard to follow, but with the help of the Board of
Directors I will do my best to carry on the traditions and ensure that CTO works
diligently for the improvement of the quality of life for the citizens of this

Four other officials were elected to positions of Vice Chairman for the 2007-08
period including:

First Vice Chairman: The Hon. Harold Lovell, Antigua & Barbuda Minister of Tourism &
Civil Aviation

Second Vice Chairman: The Hon. Aloun N’Dombet Assamba, Jamaica Minister of Tourism,
Entertainment and Culture


Third Vice Chairman: The Hon. Richard Skerritt, St. Kitts & Nevis Minister of State
for Tourism, Sports, and Culture

Fourth Vice Chairman: The Hon. Brenda Hood, Grenada Minister of Tourism, Civil
Aviation & Performing Arts

The Executive Committee will be completed with representatives from the private
sector, following their internal elections.

This Executive Committee will serve for the 2006 to 2008 term.

The vote was in keeping with the organization’s constitution which mandates that
elections for a new committee must take place every two years.

Meantime, the Board of Directors also recognized the efforts of the outgoing
chairman, Pamela C. Richards, Commissioner of Tourism of the US Virgin Islands whose
two year term ended on Sunday.