New Leadership for the Tourism Industry

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 9, No. 40            October 21, 1999

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The Ministry of Tourism (and now Youth) is pleased to announce several key management appointments. Mrs. Valerie Woods-Smith, previously Director of Tourism, has been promoted to Acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, effective immediately.

    Promoted to the position of Director of Tourism at the Belize Tourism Board is the current Deputy Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Tracy Taegar. With twelve years of tourism experience in both public and private sectors, Ms. Taegar brings with her the expertise which will not only guide tourism development but also provide meaningful opportunities for all tourism stakeholders. She commented, "I look forward to fulfilling the goals which we have previously set out for the Tourism Board. With Valerie as Permanent Secretary, I'm confident there will be the understanding of our challenges that is so needed there."

    "Mrs. Smith  brings with her a deep understanding of the tourism industry," commented Minister Mark Espat. "In her capacity as Director of Tourism she was able to restore confidence in this industry and ensure that the proper structure and policies are in place to accelerate future tourism growth."

    Anthony Mahler, currently Senior Product Development Officer, has been designated as Deputy Director for Product Development while Nicole E. Usher has been appointed Deputy Director for Marketing and Public Relations. Former Tourism Permanent Secretary, Marion McNab, will now be a Permanent Secretary in the Attorney General's Ministry handling administrative matters.
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