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Mar 3, 2011

One replacement for fired B.T.B. employees named

The news of further dismissals within the ranks of the Belize Tourism Board spread like wildfire on Wednesday evening when senior managers Shakira Oxley-Tsai and Lloyd Enriquez were both given their marching papers by Director of Tourism, Seleni Matus.  The termination of the Registrar of Hotels and the Director of Destination Planning respectively, came on the heels of the firing of Santiago Castillo Jr. and Stanley Longsworth Jr. on February ninth.  Kevin Gonzalez was quickly installed to replace Enriquez as manager of Destination Planning while Oxley-Tsai’s post, we understand, remains vacant. But today no one was talking about the reason for the firings. B.T.B. chairlady Mariam Roberson reserved comment on the matter.  Oxley-Tsai has served in various capacities at B.T.B. during her seventeen-year tenure.  She was elevated to Acting Director of Tourism following the departure of Tracy Panton in December 2009.  Enriquez, on the other hand, is regarded among the most knowledgeable in the tourism industry.  When asked if consultation with the board of directors was necessary prior to the action being taken Roberson also deferred comment.

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3 Responses for “One replacement for fired B.T.B. employees named”

  1. 100% Belizean says:

    Kevin Gonzalez!!!!! WOW, Tourism is saved (SARCASM!!!!!) The Minister keeps on amazing us…

    The UDP Way…

  2. Disgusted! says:

    CRONYISM! NEPOTISM! TYRANNY! DICTATORSHIP! DEAN BARROW IS ALL SPEECH AND NO @#$ SUBSTANCE!!!!!! BUT………… THE PEOPLE ARE TO BLAME FOR EXPOSING THEIR @$$E$ TO THE WIND.

  3. islandboy70 says:

    Politics at it’s worst as usual. The employees that are being replaced are very knowledgeable and ethical Belizeans. This is just not right!! Both Shakira and Mr. Enriquez did a great job and did not deserve this at all.
    The UDP will put thier pupets to take over these positions but the truth of the fact is that the entire UDP Party has absolutely no vision at all and worst in the Tourism Industry where we need visionaries and “out of the box” brains. It is sad to see whats happening.
    Mark my words, the new guys will take over and capitalize on all the hard work and achievements done by their predecessors and take all the glory for it pretending to be the ones that came up with new ideas that were already in the pipeline. SAD SAD SAD!! By the way I have no affiliation with BTB. I am simply a stakeholder in the Tourism Industry and always on the back burner so to speak. No Personal agenda here!!!

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