Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Umesh Rampersad is new TDC chairman

Umesh Rampersad is the new chairman of the Tourism Development Company (TDC).

Rampersad received his instrument of appointment yesterday from Tourism Minister Chandresh Sharma during a ceremony at the ministry’s offices, Tower C, International Waterfront Complex, Port of Spain.

He replaces Brian Frontin who resigned last month after serving just 11 months at the helm of the State agency charged with executing the government’s vision for the tourism industry.

Rampersad is the former manager and group chief financial officer of Crews Inn Hotel and Yachting Centre, Chaguaramas. He is currently the chief executive officer at West Shore Medical Ltd.

Tobago businesswoman Marlene Davidson was also appointed director at the ceremony.

Davidson holds a Bachelor’s degree in Hotel Management and a Master’s degree in Entrepreneurship and Business Management.

In a brief interview with the Express, Rampersad—who was approached about the position two weeks ago after Frontin resigned- said he felt “privileged” for the opportunity to serve his country, and that he felt like he had been “groomed” all his life to take on a job in a sector in which he had worked for so long.

“I know a lot of the stakeholders (from my career in the industry). I look forward to working with them to promote the tourism product of the country,” he said.

He admitted there were challenges in the industry, but is looking forward to helping the government promote tourism.

Rampersad is the fourth chairman of the TDC in just over 24 months.