The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investments & Aviation has announced two key appointments to its leadership team.
Latia Duncombe, for one, has been named Acting Director General, under the leadership of Deputy Prime Minister the Hon. I. Chester Cooper, Minister of Tourism, Investments & Aviation.
Duncombe is a seasoned Bahamian business professional, bringing more than 25 years of cross-industry experience in sales and marketing, public relations, finance and business analysis.
Her positions and responsibilities range across local and international destinations throughout the Caribbean, including The Bahamas, Cayman Islands and Turks & Caicos Islands.
“I am honoured to represent the people of The Bahamas in continuing to drive a healthy tourism economy in our great island nation,” Duncombe said in a statement. “These recent years have been challenging as we navigate the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but we look toward a more prosperous future with many accomplishments to celebrate in the months and years ahead.”
The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism has also appointed Dr. R. Kenneth Romer as Deputy Director General, filling the senior post in the Ministry’s leadership team following Duncombe appointment.
Dr. Romer has held a leadership position within the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism since 2019, serving as Executive Director overseeing airlift, cruise, yachting, visitor safety, sites and facilities, quality assurance, as well as brand management, research and statistics, guest services and special projects.
He is a member of the Bahamas Tourism Readiness and Recovery Committee as well as the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, among others.
Over the past 25 years, Dr. Romer has served in senior level executive roles in both the private and public sectors throughout The Bahamas, the United Kingdom, Europe, the United States, and the Caribbean, spanning key sectors across aviation, tourism and hospitality, as well as corporate and civic communities.
“This is a pivotal turning point for tourism, and I look forward to helping our great nation rebound and recover,” stated Dr. Romer. “While the past two years have been a challenge, I’m confident in the path forward and am thrilled to bring my expertise to our country as Deputy Director General.”