BRIDGETOWN — The Caribbean Tourism Organization has appointed Dona Regis-Prosper as its new Secretary-General and CEO.
With her new appointment set to take effect Sept. 1, 2023, Regis-Prosper, who hails from St. Lucia, will make history as the first woman to assume leadership of the intergovernmental body.
In her 22+ year travel industry career, Regis-Prosper has lived and worked in multiple Caribbean destinations, and served as Director of Marketing and Product Development of the St. Lucia Air and Seaports Authority; Director of Business Development for Margaritaville Caribbean Group in Jamaica; CEO of the Tortola Pier Park in the British Virgin Islands; and General Manager of the Antigua Cruise Port where she is currently employed.
“We are extremely pleased to have Dona Regis-Prosper come on board to lead the CTO. Her vast experience, strategic insight, and impressive track record in the tourism sector make her an exceptional choice to propel our organization into a new era,” said Kenneth Bryan, CTO’s Chairman. Bryan, who is also the Minister of Tourism and Ports of the Cayman Islands, welcomed Regis-Prosper to the regional body.
Having more women in positions of influence enhances the efficiency of the region’s major economic earner and sends positive messages of encouragement and inspiration for women and girls across the Caribbean, Bryan added.
Regis-Prosper takes over the organization’s leadership reins from Acting Secretary General and CEO Neil Walters, CTO’s Director of Finance and Resource Management, who has been filling the position following the retirement of Hugh Riley in 2019.
“I am deeply honored to have been selected to serve as Secretary General of the CTO and am grateful for the trust and confidence the CTO Council of Ministers and Commissioners of Tourism and the Board of Directors have placed in me. I eagerly look forward to working with our dedicated team and diverse stakeholders to promote the Caribbean tourism sector, champion sustainability, and continue to foster impactful relationships and deliver ROI for our members,” said Regis-Prosper.