The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA) Board of Directors has received a new chairman.
Richard ‘Ricky’ Skerritt, former Tourism Minister in St. Kitts and Nevis, was appointed by Minister of Tourism, Economic Development, Investment and Energy, Asot Michael.
According to a media statement, as Non-Executive Chairman of the ABTA, Skerritt will be responsible for overseeing the development of policies and strategies designed to strengthen Antigua and Barbuda’s reputation as a world-class tourism and travel destination.
Skerritt, in receipt of the appointment said that he was honored to become involved in helping Antigua & Barbuda shape an exciting future for the tourism sector.
The new chairman said he is pleased with the commitment shown by the minister and his colleagues to grow tourism in ways that will impact positively on the livelihoods of all local stakeholders.
“I look forward to doing what I can to assist Minister Michael and his tourism leadership team,” he said.
Outgoing chairman Rohan Hector was also praised for his dedication and hard put in during his two-year tenure as Chairman of the Tourism Authority.
“Mr. Hector answered my call to serve in an unfamiliar field at a very challenging time, and I am grateful to him for helping us to get to this moment of further change,” said Minister Michael.
Richard Skerritt became well known for his change in leadership role in driving economic transformation during his tenure as Minister of Tourism in St. Kitts and Nevis for more than ten years between 2004 and 2015.
He was responsible for designing and implementing strategies, rooted in sustainability, which modernized, diversified and grew the St. Kitts tourism economy. Skerritt, a former Caribbean Rhodes Scholar, is also a former Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO).
He will also serve as an advisor to the Minister.