BVI Tourist Board finally gets new head

ROAD TOWN, British Virgin Islands, Thursday December 30, 2010 – A former chairman of the British Virgin Islands Tourist Board (BVITB) has returned to the helm after almost five months of the post being empty.

Premier Ralph O’Neal has announced that his Cabinet has approved the appointment of Neil Blyden – who served as chairman from 1990-2003 – to fill the void left by Myron Walwyn’s resignation.

Premier O’Neal, who is also Tourism Minister, said Blyden’s four-year appointment is retroactively effective to December 1.

“Given his extensive background in promotion and marketing, coupled with his prior tourism related experience, I am confident that he will provide the visionary leadership needed to propel this vital industry to give its significance to our economic development,” he said.

The Cabinet has also approved three other members of the Board: Jennie Wheatley, Grace Flax-Waters and Luce Hodge-Smith. Like Blyden, the three will serve four-year appointments with retroactive effect from December 1.

“It is the Cabinet’s view that the appointment of these three members and their deep commitment to the cultural development of this Territory will be an asset in helping the Board develop the relevant programmes in keeping with Government’s vision to ensure residents and visitors alike learn and know more about the BVI’s cultural heritage,” Premier O’Neal said.

He added that he was confident that Blyden, the three new members and the other members of the Board would be “the right fit”.

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