Former Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and International Transport, Rudy Grant, is the first CEO of the Grenada Tourism Authority.
A story on the NOW Grenada website, stated that Grant, who was in office under the Owen Arthur administration and served in the Barbados Senate in 2003, took up the post effective January 1. The report quoted Grenada’s Minister of Tourism Alexandra Otway–Noel as saying that the decision to upgrade from a tourism board to an authority was part of a strategic plan launched in 2012, that involved input from hundreds of tourism stakeholders.
“This would lead to increased marketing opportunities, greater potential for earning and better partnership with airlines and cruise ships among other benefits,” she reportedly told the Parliament while making contribution to the 2014 budget debate.
Steve Horsford, who was said to be the person tasked with the responsibility of transitioning the board to the authority, had indicated that all negotiations had been completed with regards to staff compensation, but the complete handing over and unveiling of the authority would be done during the first quarter of this year. “Although it’s functioning as the authority from January 2 with the appointment of the new CEO and other staff, there will be a proper launching and handing over, and I expect that to be done during the first quarter of the year, but in the interim work is taking place,” he said. The authority is expected to embark on a branding campaign that will involve the unveiling of a new logo, the report said, along with the changing of physical address and contact information such as telephone and email address. Horsford said that the new home of the authority will be in the second floor of the Esplanade Cruise Ship Terminal.
“We have to inform the general public, our clients and all the relevant stakeholders of these administrative changes, but at presentwe are continuing to use existing contacts and other information to let people know when the change will officially come into effect,” he said.