Black Meetings and Tourism

Nov/Dec 2010

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CARIBBEAN TOURISM ORGANIZATION NAMES SYLMA BROWN BRAMBLE DIRECTOR FOR THE AMERICAS The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has named a familiar face to the key vacant post of director of CTO USA, with responsibility for marketing the Caribbean throughout the Americas. A Commonwealth of Dominica native, Sylma Brown Bramble was confirmed to the post in July. Brown Bramble, the CTO’s former deputy director responsible for projects and administration, had been acting in the position of director since August 2008 when the then incumbent, Hugh Riley, was promoted to act as secretary general. Mr. Riley has since been appointed to the organization’s top post. “Sylma Brown Bramble is a prime example of the talent and dedication that has served our organization so well through many transitions. Her skills and professionalism have won the support of our members throughout the region and in the market place,” said the CTO secretary general. Brown Bramble joined the CTO in 1976 as a secretary when the organization was still known as the Caribbean Tourism Association. She worked her way up to special projects and administrative roles, becom- ing the acting director general of the CTA. Upon the formation of the current Caribbean Tourism Organization in 1989, Brown Bramble continued her rise through the ranks, eventually becoming the deputy director, with responsibility for projects and administration. Over the years she has been at the forefront of organizing major CTO conferences and consumer events and has managed teams of public relations, mar- keting and travel professionals. Brown Bramble holds a degree in Business Administration from Baruch College of the City University of New York and has won numerous awards during her more than 30-year tenure with the CTO. As the organi- zation’s director for the Americas she will manage the CTO’s strategic marketing and public relations pro- grams in the US, Canada and the Caribbean and will work closely with all sectors of the tourism industry to represent the interests of the CTO’s members. Brown Bramble will be based in CTO’s New York office, reporting to the organization’s head office in Barbados. NEW CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER FOR SOUTH AFRICAN TOURISM South African Tourism (SAT) is delighted to announce the appointment of Timothy Scholtz as chief operating officer (COO). Scholtz’s impressive 26-year career spans the non-profit, retail and financial management sectors of the South African economy. He has extensive experience in corporate services and execution, and brings impressive management and business process credentials to his new role. “The staff, the board and the stakeholders of South African Tourism are delighted to welcome Mr. Scholtz,” said Thandiwe January-Mclean, CEO of SAT. “We are confident his skills and experience will stand him in good stead to take SAT to the next level, achieving maximum value for all stakeholders.” Scholtz is also the Chairperson of two non-profit organizations, dealing with young entrepreneurs and a job creation initiative with rural paper-making entities. His experience in international compliance and his passion for non profit organizations started when he was CFO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation (2003). Scholtz holds a B.Comm degree from the University of South Africa, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Information and Knowledge Management from the University of Johannesburg and holds an Institute of Accounting Commerce membership as an Accounting Officer. January-McLean also expressed her gratitude to Roshene Singh, the Chief Marketing Officer of SAT, who has acted as chief operating officer from May 2010. 6 Black Meetings & Tourism November/December 2010: NEWSMAKERS

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