Sad Loss for Bermuda Tourism

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), has expressed shock and regret at the passing of Bermuda’s Minister of Tourism, Hon. David Allen.

Mr. Allen died on Thursday, September 26, at the age of 59 at his home in Bermuda after a six-week battle with abdominal cancer.

“It was with great shock and sadness that we at the Caribbean Tourism Organization learned of the death of your Minister of Tourism, the Hon. David Allen,” stated Jean Holder, CTO’s Secretary General, in a letter of condolence to Bermuda Premier, Hon. Jennifer Smith.

“It was under his watch that Bermuda became a part of the CTO and during his all-too-brief tenure on the Board of Directors, Minister Allen displayed leadership and considerable energy and commitment to regional tourism, and in particular, promoted the Bermuda Diaspora Heritage Trail as a regional tourism project with passion,” Mr. Holder added.

Mr. Allen, a former journalist, was appointed Minister of Tourism in November 1998. Bermuda became a member of CTO in October 2000 and he was appointed to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of CTO.


Secretary General, Jean Holder is expected to represent CTO at Mr. Allen’s funeral.

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), with headquarters in Barbados and marketing operations in New York, London and Toronto, is the Caribbean`s tourism development agency and comprises membership of 32 governments and a myriad of private sector companies.

The CTO`s mission is to provide to and through its members, the services and information needed for the development of sustainable tourism for the economic and social benefit of the Caribbean people. The organization provides specialized support and technical assistance to member countries in the areas of marketing, human resource development, research and statistics and sustainable development.

The CTO disseminates information on behalf of its member governments to consumers and the travel trade.

For more information, please contact CTO Headquarters at One Financial Place, Collymore Rock, St. Michael, Barbados; tel: (246) 427-5242; fax: (246) 429-3065; E-mail: [email protected] CTO`s New York office is located at 80 Broad Street, 32nd Floor, New York, NY 10004, USA; tel: (212) 635-9530; fax: (212) 635-9511; E-mail: [email protected] CTO`s London office is located at 42 Westminster Palace Gardens, Artillery Row, London SW1P 1RR; tel: 171-222-4335; fax 171-222-4325; E-mail: [email protected] CTO Canada can be reached at Taurus House, 512 Duplex Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4R 2E3; tel: (416) 485-8724; fax: (416) 485-8256; E-mail [email protected] Visit CTO on the web at and