BERMUDA TOURISM AUTHORITY OPENS FOR BUSINESS

Posted by on Dec 19, 2013 in Local News & Alerts | 0 comments

The Bermuda Government today announces that, following the publication of the Bermuda Tourism Authority Act 2013 in the Official Gazette, the Bermuda Tourism Authority is open for business. The Bermuda Tourism Authority is now responsible for the management of Bermuda’s tourism product as an independent, dynamic and collaborative organisation.

The first Directors of the Tourism Authority Board are:

 

  • David Dodwell (Chairman), owner of The Reefs, Bermuda and Nisbet Plantation, Nevis
  • Phil Barnett, Director and President of the Island Restaurant Group
  • Peter Everson, President of PE Consultants Ltd.
  • Butch Graves, President & CEO of BLACK ENTERPRISE
  • Jessica Mello, Director of Consulting Services, Deloitte Bermuda
  • Allison Reid, Senior Vice President of Real Estate, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc.
  • Paul Telford, Hotel Manager at Rosewood Tucker’s Point
  • Allison Towlson, Regional Executive and Chief Operating Officer for ACE

 

The Hon. Craig Cannonier, JP, MP, Premier of Bermuda, says: “As part of the One Bermuda Alliance’s election promise, we agreed to revive Bermuda tourism by creating a Tourism Authority that puts professionals, not politicians, in charge of the industry. It is very exciting to be announcing the launch of the Bermuda Tourism Authority today. We believe that a properly structured, focused, research-based organisation will revitalise tourism in Bermuda.”

The Hon. Shawn G. Crockwell, JP, MP, Minister of Tourism Development & Transport, says: “I am very pleased to be appointing the Board of the Bermuda Tourism Authority today. I would like to thank the Board members for their commitment to revitalising Bermuda tourism. With the Board now in place, I will be able to step back from my day-to-day tourism responsibilities with only minimal oversight of the organisation. I am particularly proud of today’s announcement, which is a promise made and a promise delivered to the people of Bermuda.

“I will continue to advocate for tourism at the Cabinet level and in Parliament and work with the Authority to fulfill the objectives contained in the National Tourism Plan. Bringing new hotel development to Bermuda will continue to be one of my priorities.”

David Dodwell, Chairman, Bermuda Tourism Authority, says: “Today is an exciting day for tourism and for Bermuda. For the first time in Bermuda’s history, our tourism product is being guided by an independent, private enterprise. I commend both political parties for progressing this change and helping Bermuda to move tourism forward.

 

“I would like to thank the Directors for enthusiastically agreeing to lead this very important organisation. The two international Directors add a global perspective to our board and we sincerely appreciate their commitment to Bermuda. As an entrepreneurial and vibrant group, we aspire to be a leading tourism enterprise that will grow the industry and generate jobs in Bermuda. We have created an entirely new structure focused on delivering the objectives of the National Tourism plan and which will include two new divisions, Tourism Investment and Product and Experience Development, which will drive change in the Bermuda tourism product.

 

“As we develop creative and innovative ways to make Bermuda a more attractive and competitive destination for visitors and tourism investors, the Tourism Authority will be the singular voice that drives Bermuda’s re-emergence as a world-class tourism destination. It’s a big challenge and one I’m looking forward to achieving along with my fellow Board members and the team at the Bermuda Tourism Authority.”

 

The Bermuda Tourism Authority now has its own transitional web site (www.bermudatourism.com) that will provide answers to many questions and provide a portal of information that the Tourism Authority will add to as it moves forward.

 

Mr. Dodwell concludes: “Today is the beginning of a new era in Bermuda Tourism and our success depends on working together with the tourism sector in a shared commitment to revitalise this industry. We want to build on the hard work that many people in hospitality are already undertaking today. We welcome the new Directors and we are committed to keeping the public up-to-date with the developments at the Authority.”

 

-Ends-

Notes to Editors

Bermuda Tourism Board was created in 2012 under the former administration as a non-political organization to direct Bermuda’s tourism product. In January 2013, under the new government, David Dodwell was appointed as chairman of the Tourism Board and as chairman designate of the Tourism Authority. The transition from Bermuda Tourism Board/Bermuda Department of Tourism to Bermuda Tourism Authority will be completed by April, 2014.

 

Board of Directors

 

David Dodwell (Chairman), owner of The Reefs Hotel & Club in Bermuda and Nisbet Plantation Beach Club in Nevis

David Dodwell is the owner of The Reefs Hotel & Club in Bermuda and Nisbet Plantation Beach Club in Nevis.  He has more than four decades of experience in the hospitality industry.  The Reefs was the first Bermuda resort to earn the top spot as the #1 Atlantic resort in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards.  The Nisbet Plantation was named the #1 resort in the Caribbean, Bahamas and Bermuda two years in a row by the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards. Mr. Dodwell is a former Minister of Tourism for Bermuda, once served as the President of the Bermuda Hotel Association and is a member of the Resort Committee of the American Hospitality & Lodging Association.  He was also named Caribbean Hotelier of the Year in 2010. Mr. Dodwell graduated from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration.

 

 

 

Phil Barnett, Director and President of the Island Restaurant Group

Phil Barnett is the Director and President of the Island Restaurant Group. Prior to the Island Restaurant Group, Mr. Barnett was a General Manager for Spectra Group of Great Restaurants. Mr. Barnett serves as a board member on the Bermuda Chamber of Commerce.  Mr. Barnett holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of British Columbia.

 

Peter Everson, President of PE Consultants Ltd.

Peter Everson is the President of PEConsultants Ltd. He has extensive experience in investment banking, fund management, private equity and private banking. Prior to PEConsultants, Mr. Everson was the CEO of Schroders. Mr. Everson serves as a non-executive director for Delphi Management Limited and Shell Trust Bermuda Limited and a board member for the Bermuda Chamber of Commerce and the Association of Bermuda International Companies. Mr. Everson holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Leicester.

 

Butch Graves, President & CEO of BLACK ENTERPRISE

Earl G. Graves Jr. (Butch) is president & CEO of BLACK ENTERPRISE.  He is responsible for the strategic positioning and overall profitability of the corporation which includes magazine publishing, television production, digital media, and business and lifestyle events. Butch joined BLACK ENTERPRISE in 1988 after earning his M.B.A. from Harvard University. After holding several positions within advertising & marketing, he was appointed president and chief operating officer in 1998 and named CEO in 2006. Under his guidance BLACK ENTERPRISE has expanded the reach of its signature magazine to include more than 4 million readers, redefined its Wealth for Life mission for the digital age with a revitalized multimedia website and iPad edition, and successfully launched broadcasts of Our World with Black Enterprise and the Black Enterprise Business Report into television syndication. Butch received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Yale University in 1984.

 

Jessica Mello, Director of Consulting Services, Deloitte Bermuda

Jessica Mello manages Deloitte Bermuda’s consulting practice, serving banking and public sector clients in Bermuda and the Caribbean.  Before joining Deloitte Bermuda in 2011, she worked in the Economics practice at AECOM, a Fortune 500 infrastructure consulting firm. She was based in London and worked with clients in the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and China.  Jessica is experienced in economic planning, feasibility analysis and strategy for tourism destinations. She has worked with visitor attractions, mixed-use destination resorts, entertainment retail districts, sporting destinations, iconic structures, waterfronts, and infrastructure. Ms. Mello has an MBA from London Business School and a BA from Middlebury College. She is also a member of the Bermuda Chamber of Commerce Economics Committee and is a member of the Executive Steering Committee leading the transition to the Bermuda Tourism Authority.

 

Allison Reid, Senior Vice President of Real Estate, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc.

Allison Reid is the Senior Vice President of Real Estate of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. Ms. Reid has extensive experience in hospitality and finance. Prior to being the Senior Vice President of Real Estate, Ms. Reid served as the Vice President of Owner Relations at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. Ms. Reid also has served in various finance positions at Interstate Hotels and ITT Sheraton Corporation. Ms. Reid is currently a member of the management board of EquityCo, LLC and OpBiz LLC. She also serves as the Vice President of Investor Relations of Starwood Hotel & Resorts Worldwide Inc. Ms. Reid holds a Bachelor of Science in both Accounting and Hotel and Institutional Management from Bryant College.

 

Paul Telford, Hotel Manager at Rosewood Tucker’s Point

Paul Telford is the Hotel Manager at the Rosewood Tucker’s Point resort in Bermuda. Mr. Telford has 13 years international management experience in luxury hotels. His experiences have been both on the island of Bermuda initially in Food & Beverage operations and then off island with Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts where he started in Food & Beverage Management, and then transitioned into the Rooms Division. Mr. Telford’s most recent postings have seen him at Hotels & Resorts such as the Four Seasons Washington DC a Forbes 5 Star Hotel, the Four Seasons Punta Mita, Mexico, and The Kahala Hotel in Honolulu Hawaii, a Forbes 4 Star Resort & Spa before returning to Bermuda in 2008 to join the opening team of Tucker’s Point Hotel & Spa. Mr. Telford has a Bachelors Degree in International Hotel Management from the University of Buckingham.

 

Allison Towlson, Regional Executive and Chief Operating Officer for ACE

Allison Towlson is the Regional Executive and Chief Operating Officer for ACE. She has extensive background in underwriting operations, corporate reporting, training and development and marketing in the insurance industry. Prior to ACE, Ms. Towlson served as the Assistant Vice President of Sedgwick Global Broking in Bermuda, and as an underwriter and claims administrator at Alexander Insurance Managers in Bermuda. Ms. Towlson serves as a Chairperson for the Insurance Development Council, board member for the Bermuda Business Development Corporation, associate for the Chartered Insurance Institute (ACII), a mentor under the Bermuda Foundation for Insurance Studies in Bermuda and a member of the Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurance (ABIR) working committee on contract certainty. Ms. Towlson holds an Associate’s Degree from the Chartered Insurance Institute.

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