KINGSTON, Jamaica -- In the wake of anonymous allegations of
impropriety and an internal audit investigating them, the Jamaica
Tourist Board accepted the resignations of Noel Mignott, deputy
director of tourism for the Americas, and Yvonne Sawyers,
accountant/administrator. Also leaving is Marie Deeble Walker,
advertising relations manager.
The departures came on the occasion of an emergency board
meeting called Sept. 8, to consider the allegations against the
three officers in New York and the preliminary results of the
investigation being conducted.
"The Jamaica Tourist Board wishes to reiterate its commitment to
a policy of transparency in the conduct of its operations," the
statement read, "and to ensuring the greatest professionalism and
effectiveness in its management systems and procedures,
particularly in the face of severe global challenges for tourism
and the imperative to accelerate the recovery process in the local
As reported, the JTB will launch a $2.6 million cable TV and
consumer print ad campaign Sept. 23.
Earlier this year, before it could run its new "One Love"
commercials for a spring campaign of roughly the same size, the JTB
had to negotiate a payment schedule with its agency, New York-based
Foote Cone and Belding, to resolve an outstanding debt that led to
a suspension of the island's U.S. advertising presence.