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Mar 12, 2014

Minister of Tourism says Esquivel-Frampton resigns for personal reasons

Manuel Heredia Jr.

Since being appointed the portfolio of Minister of Tourism in 2008, the posts of Chief Executive Officer and Director of Tourism have been revolving doors in Heredia’s ministry.  Current C.E.O. Tracy Panton is also former Director of Tourism.  During her term in office, Mike Singh was C.E.O. in the ministry.  Panton served in that capacity for ten years before being replaced by Seleni Matus in February 2010.  When Matus succeeded Panton, Lindsay Garbutt was appointed second in command of the ministry.  Their relationship, we understand, was rather contentious. Following general elections in March 2012, Panton was elevated to C.E.O. and Esquivel-Frampton promoted to Director of Tourism two months later. In the wake of Esquivel-Frampton’s sudden departure, Director of Revenue Collections and Registrar of Hotels Javier Paredez will serve as Interim Director.

 

Isani Cayetano

“This is the third director being changed over at the B.T.B. within a specific period of time.  Does this raise any concern for you given the fact that tourism is one of the primary industries driving the Belizean economy?”

 

Via Phone: Manuel Heredia Jr., Minister of Tourism

“Well, you know, all that I can say on that [is that] I will totally agree with you.  This is my third director and my third C.E.O., but I believe that I have a job to do and at the end of the day if I feel or the director feels that it’s in her best to do that or if I feel that it is in my best interest and the industry to have another one then I will continue to do so.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“How quickly, or are you guys already looking at a replacement for Mrs. Esquivel-Frampton as the Director of Tourism?”

 

Via Phone: Manuel Heredia Jr.

“I never rush things and at this point I have decided to recommend Mr. Javier Paredes, who I think you’re supposed to be very well acquainted with, to hold over as acting director.  He did it when Seleni left and I asked him to do so at this point with the assistance of Ms. Karen Pike as the deputy director.  I always believe in doing things a day at a time, plan it, execute it, that is what I continue to do because to me the tourism industry is something vital to Belize and I have been assigned by my prime minister to do a job and I always believe in doing my job as well as possible and I like to surround myself by very technical people that will give me good guidance.  But at the end of the day you do a job, nothing is perfect in this world, there is not a perfect administration, not a perfect institution but to me if I can do it as best as possible then that is what I will do and I think that the record in my ministry speaks for itself, you know, it is one of the best ever in the history of this country.  My relationship with the stakeholders is second to no other minister that has ever… with the other partners [it’s] the same thing, I get along with almost everybody in this industry and around the country.”

 

All be told, B.T.B. is now looking for its fourth director of tourism in a span of six years.

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1 Response for “Minister of Tourism says Esquivel-Frampton resigns for personal reasons”

  1. Ali BaBarrow-mother lode says:

    I believe Heredia as a can-do man, he is ALI’s trusted forty.

    Closer than Contrerass; better than Penner, more class than Bootyman.

    A man not of his word, he does not need that.
    He is a man of machismo power, he delivers. Screw the weak and lame and honest.

    He throws out the BTB board when they would not buy a car for non-BTB person.
    This is the beginning of sustainable eco thieving in Belize.

    He delivers Cadillac SUVs, or a Hummers, to float his boats. No Penner screw ups in his Ministry. Everyone gets paid on time to be stupid and keep the gravy train running.

    Just like the Nigerian’s president Goodluck, rhymes with goodf*ck, who successfully stole $40,000,000 BZD in eighteen months; all good luck for the their forty. Let’s be Nigerian, steal, it suits us, we Nigerian blood or better.

    Ali and his 40 work hard, but they have competition. The cartels are picky these days as to who they buy. Ali does not live forever.

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