(BVITB) Director of the BVI Tourist Board Sharon Flax-Brutus will be resigning from that post on November 15 this year.
A statement obtained by our news centre on Friday indicated that Flax-Brutus believes it is time for her to ‘move on’ after serving as Tourist Board director for more than eight years.
“It has been my pleasure working with the BVI Tourist Board and Film Commission and to represent this territory which I am so proud to be a citizen of globally. I am gratified by my achievements over the last eight years, but I think it is time to move on and focus on other ways which will continue to benefit the BVI tourism industry,” Flax-Brutus was cited saying.
She was further cited thanking the members of the BVITB as well as stakeholders she has partnered with over the years.
Flax-Brutus — one of the pioneers of the BVI Food Fete that first launched in 2013 — said in the statement that she would continue to work with the BVITB “over the next six months to ensure a smooth transition” and successful re-opening of local tourism following COVID-19.
Under her directive as the head of the Tourist Board, the BVI saw record visitor arrivals in 2016 when it welcomed more than one million visitors for the first time.
Her leadership also resulted in the successful rebuilding of the territory’s tourism product following the 2017 hurricanes. The outgoing Tourist Board director is also reported to have had a hand in the BVI receiving recognition as an award-winning tourism destination.
“Mrs Flax-Brutus can be credited for several major achievements during her tenure including inspiring a new generation of tourism professionals via the Management training and tourism education programmes, paving the way for talented BVI Athletes to attend the prestigious IMG Academy through a partnership with The Miami Open, launching a Destination training program in conjunction with the Disney Institute Training, that has been unprecedented in the industry, paving the way for other destinations,” the statement further said.
Rhondi Skelton is the Deputy Director of the BVITB and could likely be her successor.
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