BY JENNIFER DOWD
NEW YORK -- John Junor resigned as chairman of the Caribbean
Tourism Organization and as tourism minister for Jamaica, effective
The move followed an incident in which Junor fired his licensed
gun during an argument with a well-known opposition Jamaica Labor
Party supporter outside a bar in the Gray Ground District of
Manchester on March 20, according to local police.
No charges have been filed.
The CTO, meanwhile, appointed Billie Miller acting chairman.
Miller is deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs,
tourism and international transport for Barbados.
She also held the position of vice chairman of the CTO.
"It will be an easy succession for the CTO, and although we
certainly regret Junor's departure, as he was an excellent
chairman, the resignation doesn't seem to have a major effect on
our affairs," Michael Youngman, marketing director of the CTO,
Junor's term would have expired in September 1998.
Youngman said he was expecting Miller's acceptance of the post
shortly, adding that should she not want the position of chairman,
Robertico Crowes, Aruba's tourism minister, would be next in
Youngman had no comment regarding the incident surrounding
Junor's departure, saying the situation was "purely a local
P.J. Patterson, prime minister of Jamaica, was expected to
appoint a new tourism minister by April 14.