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Premier engages with BTA’s interim CEO

The interim chief executive of the Bermuda Tourism Authority said he was optimistic about the future after the Premier took over the tourism portfolio.

Glenn Jones was speaking after David Burt warned the organisation was not “pulling its weight” as he assumed responsibility for the role last Thursday in the wake of the forced resignation of Zane DeSilva, who had been tourism and transport minister.

The Premier said during the swearing-in ceremony at Government House for the two new ministers, Renée Ming, who has taken over national security, and Neville Tyrell who has taken transport, that changes had been planned at BTA board level.

He added that those changes were delayed because of the pandemic and would not be further delayed.

Mr Jones said he had spoken to the Premier over the weekend and that it had been “a very fruitful conversation”.

He added: “I look forward to working with him. I welcome his energy and work ethic — we'll need plenty of both in the tourism recovery.”

Mr Jones said: “A symbiotic relationship between the Government and the Bermuda Tourism Authority is in the best interests of the country.

“The next step is to get the Premier and the BTA board together to begin a dialogue around planning strategically for the future.”

Glenn Jones, the Bermuda Tourism Authority's interim CEO (File photograph)

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Published July 22, 2020 at 9:00 am (Updated July 22, 2020 at 8:17 am)

Premier engages with BTA’s interim CEO

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