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Jan 13, 2021

Tourism Minister on Karen Bevans’ Contract

Karen Bevans

On Friday, the contract for B.T.B.’s Tourism Director, Karen Bevan’s, was leaked to the public.  Since that time, the details of the employment agreement signed on April first, 2019 have been causing much debate as the public continues tallying up the benefits outlined in the lucrative contract.  The five-year contract starts with an annual salary of one hundred and seventy-three thousand two hundred and fifty dollars; that’s not including salary increases of up to ten percent based on performance or the twenty-five percent yearly bonus. Add to that, allowances for housing and communication expenses. The director’s salary alone is more than what the current C.E.O. in the ministry earns.  Former employees of B.T.B. are most annoyed as in March of 2020, over fifty percent of the staff was issued separation packages due to the economic crunch caused by COVID.  So, where is Bevans? Well, she’s at work at the B.T.B.’s office.  In an exclusive interview with News Five, Minister Anthony Mahler says that he and his team will be working with Director Bevans in a professional capacity as promoting the country during these COVID-times is the priority.


Anthony Mahler

Anthony Mahler, Minister of Tourism

“She was fortunate enough to negotiate that contract and got it signed so it is what it is.


Duane Moody

“So how do we get out of it?”


Anthony Mahler

“We are seriously looking at that.  A new board has been appointed and I am sure they are going to have a discussion with Misses Bevans if she wants to stay on as the director. I will let the board deal with that process and that will go through due process and we will see where we end up. Currently Misses Bevans is still the Director of Tourism and we have to try to work along with her at this point in time.


Duane Moody

“So she is at work?”


Anthony Mahler

“Yes she is at work.  We have to both be professional. This is a professional organization and we are in critical times so we have to put everything aside and focus on the job at hand.”

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