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Caribbean national takes top travel post

Regional tourism organizations are saluting the appointment of a West Indian to the executive team of a major international travel and tourism organization…

Regional tourism organizations are saluting the appointment of a West Indian to the executive team of a major international travel and tourism organization.



St. Lucia`s Feolla Chastanet is now the Director of Communications of the UK-based World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), an international organization of travel industry executives promoting travel and tourism worldwide.



This is a big deal for the Caribbean, said Director-General of the Caribbean<.> Hotel Association, John Bell, who described Chastanet`s appointment as a testimony to the level of success Caribbean people have attained in the world`s leading industry. This will motivate many others in our region to strive for excellence, he added.



The more influence we can have in charting the future of world tourism, the stronger we will be as a people, commented Bahamian Director of Tourism, Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace who is also Deputy Chairman of the CHA Charitable Trust, the private/public sector organization mandated to market the Caribbean as a single destination.



Ms. Chastanet holds a master`s degree in Tourism Marketing from the University of Surrey. Prior to joining WTTC, she ran her own private tourism marketing company, representing Elegant Resorts International of Jamaica, Antigua Resorts and Palm Island in the Grenadines, Almond Beach Resort in Barbados and the St. Lucia Tourist Board. Chastanet said she is delighted to represent the Caribbean within such an established global organization.



The previous Director of Communications was New Zealander Scott Mills.





Photo: Feolla Chastanet, Director of Communications, World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC)

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