Rudy Grant appointed new CEO of the BHTA
THE BARBADOS HOTEL and Tourism Association (BHTA) has announced the appointment of a new chief executive officer (CEO) for that organisation.
He is former Barbados senator Rudy William Grant who takes up the post effective December 1, succeeding Sue Springer, who spent 15 years at the helm of the Association.
Grant, who also served as parliamentary secretary in Barbados’ Ministry of Tourism and International Transport from 2003 to 2008, has been employed as CEO of the Grenada Tourism Authority from 2014 to the present.
In his new role, he reports to the BHTA’s board and will be responsible for directing and managing the Association’s affairs so that its strategic goals and the relevant needs of the membership are met.
His other duties include planning, formulating and recommending policies and programmes while promoting greater understanding and awareness of the economic and social contribution of tourism to the Barbadian economy.
Grant, 52, holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree specialising in Economics from Mount Allison University, Canada (1990); a Post Graduate Diploma in Management and Administration from Bradford University, England (1999); and a Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB) from University of London (2011).
Welcoming his appointment, BHTA’s chairman Roseanne Myers expressed great pleasure at having a person with his in-depth knowledge of the tourism sector, together with his mix of proven leadership skills and successes in both the private and public sectors, as the association’s new CEO.
Noting that his work experiences would prove invaluable, she added: “Mr. Grant is not only very familiar with the various sectors of the industry but understands the importance and linkages between tourism and other industries and the significant contribution tourism makes to the economy.”
Commenting on his new role Grant said: “It is a job for which I possess the competence, experience, technical knowledge, professionalism and human resource skills, all of which are now at the disposal of the BHTA and its members.” (PR)