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New CEO At Tourism: Tracy Panton

And while that Ministry lost one title, another is looking to lose its CEO. Multiple reports from senior sources say that CEO in the Ministry of Tourism Lindsey Garbutt has decided to move on.

The circumstances of his departure are not known - but sources tell us the new Government gave him an offer he could refuse - which is a six month appointment. And he did refuse it. Garbutt had been CEO since 2010. Who will replace him? Well reports suggest that former BTB Director Tracy Taegar Panton - now at the BNE Trust - may get the nod. She is out of the country and we could not reach her for comment.

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More changes are expected in the Ministry of Tourism. From what we gather, a decision is yet to be taken in respect of who is to replace outgoing C.E.O., Lindsay Garbutt. Tracy Panton, a former Director of Tourism, is a favorite of the Minister, but a possible appointment will have to be decided by the PM, who leaves Belize on Sunday.

There are also two more vacancies advertised today; the Director of Marketing who is Yanic Dalhouse is to be replaced and the B.T.B. is also looking to fill the post of tourism director that was left vacant when Seleni Matus resigned. There is also word that the B.T.B. board will be revamped.

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Tracy Taegar Panton, new C.E.O., Ministry of Tourism

Tracy Taegar Panton

There’s word tonight that Tracy Taegar Panton has taken up the job as C.E.O. in the Ministry of Tourism. Panton, who was with the Belize Natural Energy Trust Fund, has reportedly resigned and will return later this month to tourism. After many years in the industry, in 2009, Panton's contract as Director of Tourism was not renewed but it is known that she worked well with Minister Manuel Heredia, who in fact wanted her back at the ministry. And in the interim, Lindsay Garbutt remains as C.E.O. He is reportedly lobbying for a job with the Ministry of Transport.

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BTB's New Board Put Together

As we reported last night, The Belize Tourism Board is witnessing an excellent out-turn in overnight tourist arrivals so far for 2012. But, while things are good, the governance of the BTB continues to be an issue. First there was the fiasco with Director Seleni Matus, and then CEO Lindsey Belisle left right after the election. Now, there's a new CEO - who is the old director, Tracy Panton - and the Board of Directors has a new chairman and directors.

Yesterday Tourism Minister Manuel Junior Herredia outlined the new Board membership for us:...

Hon. Manuel Herredia Jr., Minister of Tourism
"We have done slightly changes in particularly at BTB with the board. Now I have a mixture of the stakeholders and the private sector working together."

"Ian Lizarraga, he understands the industry. He is a person that is fair and I think he is committed to this industry, so I can guarantee that you will see improvement."

"Last night as you saw BETEX was particularly well attended. You could feel emotions over there. Everyone is happy and everybody is trying to do the best of it and that we intend to continue doing."

"We have an attorney and we need that advice while we are over there. Many times they are having their meetings - we have to consult with a legal advisor. if we have someone that can give you on-hand advise then it is there."

"We have a combination as I said - we still have Mr. Guererro that was the vice chair before and I think in the first year of our administration he was the chair. We have Mr. Jim Scott, the president of BTIA who is also on the board. We need continuity also, the new ones we have Roger Espejo and we have Mr. Robert Pennell from down south. We try to have a cross section."

"We have someone that I definitely feel will bring a lot of energy to this industry - Mr. Orlando de la Fuente from Orange Walk."

And while the new CEO and new Board is in place, there's no new Director. Reports are that long time BTB employee Laura Esquivel may be the pick for that one.

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