Finally, A New Interim Director Of Tourism
After a long and stony silence on the abrupt departure of Director of Tourism Seleni Matus a week ago - the BTB finally issued a statement this evening announcing that someone is at the wheel.
It is Javier Paredez, who's been working with the BTB for the past four years, currently as the Director of Revenue Collections and Registrar of Hotels. He's been named interim director of tourism and will be responsible for the leadership and administration of the BTB.
If it seems underwhelming, it is; Paredez is likely just a placeholder until the board hires a new Director. A release says that the Board has established an executive committee to successfully guide the transition process. A letter from the Minister of Tourism to industry partners this evening says that, quote, "the Board readily accepted the…resignation of Director, Seleni Matus," end quote.
On leaving, Matus has told seven news that she felt that there was a power play afoot to transfer programs and budgetary allocations from the BTB to the Ministry. She added that increasingly political overtones were coming to factor into the decision making process. Channel 7