Skerritt’s replacement is Beverly Nicholson-Doty, who is also the Commissioner of Tourism, for the United States Virgin Islands.
The election was one of the main agenda items of Wednesday’s Annual Meeting of Tourism Ministers, held at the St. Kitts Marriott, Frigate, as part of the 2012 CTO State of the Tourism Industry Conference being held over the period 10th-12th October.
Doty, who was elected without challenge from any other candidate, will now be at the helm to chart the way forward to tackle some of the crucial issues that still confront the regional tourism sector, including marketing, airlift and unfair international taxes on travel to the Caribbean.
Nicholson-Doty is also a former Executive Director of the St. Thomas Hotel & Tourism Association, a position in which she served for many years.
The rest of the new committee which serves for a 2 year period, are Chantal Figueroa as Deputy Commissioner; Vice chairpersons have also been selected from St Maarten, Martinique, St Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago and Bermuda and two members from the private sector.
The conference was officially opened on Wednesday night and continues today Thursday with discussions on various topics led by panels filled with regional and international experts on the industry.