CTO-HughRileyThe Caribbean Tourism Organization named Hugh Riley (right photo) secretary general following an intensive, yearlong search and selection process.

He will be based at CTO’s headquarters in Bridgetown, Barbados.

Barbadian-born Riley has served as CTO’s interim secretary general since the death of Arley Sobers last August. Sobers was interim secretary general at the time, having filled in a month earlier when Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace stepped down to become the minister of tourism for the Bahamas.

John Maginley, CTO chairman and minister of tourism for Antigua and Barbuda, described Riley as "an experienced Caribbean tourism professional with a clear vision of what the region’s tourism sector needs to remain competitive and to thrive, particularly in these trying times."

As CTO’s secretary general, Riley oversees the organization's offices in Barbados, North America, the U.K. and Europe. He will lead initiatives with CTO’s strategic partners, including the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association and the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association.

Riley was CTO’s director of marketing for the Americas prior assuming the interim post. He served as director of marketing and sales, North America for the Barbados Tourism Authority from 1997 to 2001.


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