The Jamaica Tourist Board named Basil Smith
director of tourism, following an extensive local and international
search after the resignation in May of Paul Pennicook from the
Smith, whose term
of office officially begins Nov. 1, is a Jamaican national
currently serving as senior director, communications, worldwide for
the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism. Formerly, he served as executive
vice president of the Bahamas Hotel Association from 2001 to
Prior to that,
Smith was director of the Creative Projects public relations agency
in Jamaica from 1997 to 1999 and served as deputy director of
tourism for Jamaica from 1995 to 1997.
will assist the JTB in continuing on its current path of delivering
increased tourism results through innovative public and private
sector partnerships," said Aloun N'dombet Assamba, minister of
chairman of the JTB, said that "as director of tourism, Smith will
lead the JTB as Jamaica's tourist industry enters its next round of
Donnie Dawson, who
is currently serving as interim director of tourism, will continue
in that role until Smith assumes office this fall.
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