BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Sep 14, 2022 – Cayman Islands Minister of Tourism, the Honourable Kenneth Bryan, has been elected as the new chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO). This follows Tuesday’s Annual General Meeting which is part of the ongoing CTO Business Meetings and Caribbean Aviation Day Event being staged at the Ritz-Carlton in the Cayman Islands.
Minister Bryan assumes the chairmanship of the CTO Council of Ministers for the next two years and replaces the outgoing chairman, Senator the Honourable Lisa Cummins, the Minister of Tourism for Barbados.
“I’m honoured and excited to take over the mantle of the CTO chairmanship because I recognise, like all other members, that there needs to be some reform and restructuring, particularly with respect to air travel and marketing,” Bryan said. “So I’m ready to take on the challenge, in collaboration with my regional colleagues, of finding a new way forward, as well as addressing any issues we have within the organisation to improve efficiency and focus.”
Bryan praised Minister Cummins for overseeing the CTO’s chairmanship during the “difficult period” of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Thank you to former chairman Lisa Cummins for the hard work that she did over a very difficult period, particularly in managing a very important organization when the whole region was dealing with difficulties in tourism, brought on by the pandemic,” said Bryan.
“So to keep it alive and to keep it afloat when at one point we were in danger of people just giving up on the theory of what CTO stands for, I want to thank her for that.” Rosa Harris, the Cayman Islands Director of Tourism, will serve as chairman of the CTO Board of Directors for the next two years.
About the Caribbean Tourism Organization
The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), which is headquartered in Barbados, is the Caribbean’s tourism development agency comprising membership of the region’s finest countries and territories including Dutch, English, French and Spanish-speaking, as well as a myriad of private sector allied members. The CTO’s vision is to position the Caribbean as the most desirable, year-round, warm weather destination, and its purpose is Leading Sustainable Tourism – One Sea, One Voice, One Caribbean. Among the benefits to its members the organisation provides specialised support and technical assistance in sustainable tourism development, marketing, communications, advocacy, human resource development, event planning & execution and research & information technology.