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Mar 11, 2014

Laura Esquivel-Frampton pushed out of B.T.B.

Laura Esquivel-Frampton

There is a breaking story in the B.T.B. and that is Laura Esquivel-Frampton, the high profile daughter of former Prime Minister, Manuel Esquivel is resigning from the post of Director of Tourism. Esquivel-Frampton assumed the post in May 2012, and soon ran into trouble with the B.T.B. management and board. Last Wednesday, a group of seven directors on B.T.B.’s executive management team wrote Minister of Tourism, Manuel Heredia, requesting a meeting with him to outline several major concerns they are having with Director of Tourism, Laura Esquivel-Frampton.  The group has since expressed a vote of no confidence in her management of the organization, particularly where it pertains to B.T.B.’s finances.  Esquivel-Frampton is being called out by B.T.B.’s G-Seven for poor leadership, citing that she is not transparent in her motives.  The director’s actions, they say, are both secretive and manipulative and directly responsible for the loss of optimism among the staff.  In the letter, forwarded to C.E.O., Tracy Panton, and B.T.B. Chairman, Einer Gomez, the heads of department say, “It is clear that the best interest of the industry is not being considered as is evident in the current financial management concerns that exist, which have not only limited the ability of the various departments of the B.T.B. to fulfill their mandates, but also resulted in significant dissatisfaction with industry partners.  After a series of very serious meetings, at the highest level, as a management team…the most recent being February twenty-eight, we feel that she has disregarded our concerns, especially as it pertains to the finances of the institution.  Moreover, all calls made for further discussion or ‘deep diving’ into the current financial position of the organization have been largely discounted.” News Five has made several attempts to get a comment from Minister Heredia, C.E.O. Panton and B.T.B. Chairman Gomez, but all attempts were futile.

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2 Responses for “Laura Esquivel-Frampton pushed out of B.T.B.”

  1. Ricky Malthus says:

    This is just another tale of a prophet never being welcome in her own country. We have sold out to the scent of money. Please tell us when will we accept that Belizeans have the expertise to manage our own affairs and we don’t have to self-destruct? Belize is a truly sad basket case of stupidity.

  2. Been There Done That says:

    The corrupt idiot pencil pushers at BTB have no idea how to run a business but they try to dictate to the hotel owners how to run theirs.
    Minister Heredia is just an illiterate puppet of the BTB. Has anyone been to the Honorable Heredias BTB office ?
    It is just an empty room with a desk. What a joke! He is too busy shopping at the Mall in Chetumal, Mexico, to care abut Belize Tourism.
    Belize is a failed state and is slowly imploding on itself.
    Been There and Done That and glad to be out.

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