Basil Smith to fill director of tourism post in Jamaica

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 director's post.

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 2003.

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.

"Smith's experience 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 tourism, Jamaica.

Dennis Morrison, 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 global expansion."

Donnie Dawson, who is currently serving as interim director of tourism, will continue in that role until Smith assumes office this fall.

To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to Gay Nagle Myers at [email protected].

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