Saturday 5 December, 2020

Businessman heads new board of the Grenada Tourism Authority

Barry Collymore is the new Chairman of the Grenada Tourism Authority

Barry Collymore is the new Chairman of the Grenada Tourism Authority

Barry Collymore, a tourism developer and entrepreneur, has been appointed chairman of the Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA.

Collymore was appointed to lead the GTA's new eleven-member board of directors.

The new executive body became official on November 1, with the mandate to build and execute a revamped tourism framework that will competitively position Pure Grenada with target audiences.

Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Climate Resilience and the Environment Dr. Clarice Modeste-Curwen, expressed her pleasure with the new appointments.

“I wish to congratulate the  Chairman and his team on their new position as Directors of the GTA. The entire executive body not only represents all of Pure Grenada’s key industry sectors but also brings a wealth of experience in the tourism industry and knowledge of the Pure Grenada product to the table.  I am confident that they will be able to tackle the job at hand as we look to once again bring our industry back to a place of sustainability.”

Collymore is a Director and Partner of West Indies Management Company, a company involved in hotel and tourism development in Grenada. He is also a Director of the Savvy Grenada group, the company which built, owned and managed  Grenada’s largest marina development Port Louis, and Mount Cinnamon hotel. 

He has served as CEO of Grenreal Property Corporation, a publicly-traded company, which manages the cruise ship facilities in Grenada, also as Senior  Advisor to the Prime Minister of Grenada as well as an Assistant Professor at St. George’s University School of Business. 

Collymore has a Masters Degree in Business from Loughborough University in the UK and a Bachelors Degree in Communications from UWI Mona in Jamaica.

In commenting on the Board the new Chairman stated: “The Grenada Tourism Authority is being asked to restart an Industry which has been crippled by the pandemic. The challenge before us could not be greater, and there is a need for a well-coordinated, innovative and thoughtful plan. For the sake of all tourism workers and their families who have been affected by this pandemic, and our guests who can no longer travel, we have to ensure that our plan is executed flawlessly," he said.

"As one of our first orders of business, the Board has decided to restructure so Directors serve on a volunteer basis for their respective terms. This shows not only a commitment to the task at hand but a message of solidarity to everyone in the sector affected by this crisis. We will prevail and come out stronger. Our protocols instituted by the Ministry of Health, have kept case rates in Grenada extremely low and this will ensure an even faster rebound for the sector."

Other directors appointed to the GTA’s board are:

Lyden Ramdhanny, Deputy Chairman

Desiree Stephen, Permanent Secretary, Ministry Tourism and Civil Aviation Climate Resilience and the Environment

Nicholas George, Grenada Chamber of Commerce

Karen Stiell, Yachting and Marine Sector

Adele Garbutt, Hospitality Sector

Dr. Charles Modica, St. George’s University

Lotten Haagman, Small hotels and Community Tourism

Marielle Alexander, Tour Operators Representative

Fabian Rock, Carriacou and Petite Martinique Representative

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