Dona Regis-Prosper has been appointed secretary-general and chief executive officer of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO).
From St. Lucia, Regis-Prosper is set to make history as the first woman to assume leadership of the intergovernmental body.
“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,” says Regis-Prosper.
“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.”
During her 22-year career in the tourism industry she 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, most recently, general manager of the Antigua Cruise Port.
“We are extremely pleased to have Dona Regis-Prosper come on board to lead the CTO,” says chairman of the CTO, Kenneth Bryan, who is the minister of tourism and ports of the Cayman Islands.
“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.”
Bryan also added that 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.
Regis-Prosper is taking over the leadership role 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 Barbadian Hugh Riley in 2019.
The other two Caribbean tourism professionals to serve in the region’s top tourism post include the late Jean Holder and Vincent Vanderpool Wallace, former Bahamas director general and Bahamas minister of tourism.