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UPDATE: Key tourism figures resign


UPDATE: Key tourism figures resign
Petra Roach (left) and Terry Layne. (FILE)

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Two key figures in Barbados’ tourism have quit their top posts.

Head of global markets at the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI), Petra Roach, yesterday confirmed that she had resigned after 26 years and would be taking up a new job, while deputy chief executive officer of Grantley Adams International Airport Inc (GAIA), Terry Layne, confirmed he would be departing May 31 and moving on to a new job.

Roach, who has had a distinguished career and has been the face of Barbados in global tourism markets, will be leaving the BTMI on June 30, a decision she told the MIDWEEK NATION last night was made primarily in the interest of her further personal development.

She said while she believed it was “time to move on”, she was confident about the ability of the newer brains in the industry to build on the foundation she had laid, and to carry it to a brighter future.

“I have invested in sharing my expertise and my knowledge over the years to bring along those people who have worked with me, and I feel they should be given the opportunity to shine as well,” Roach said in response to a concern expressed that she might be leaving the industry at a time when Barbados desperately needed her expertise to rebuild tourism markets. (GC)


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