29 JAN2015: Antigua and Barbuda’s Minister of Tourism, Economic Development Investment and Energy, the Honourable Asot Michael has announced the appointment of tourism executives, Marie Walker and Jean-Marc Flambert as Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority’s (ABTA) vice presidents with responsibility for Sales and Marketing for the twin islands tourism portfolio. Walker is responsible for the US and Canada and Flambert has responsibility for the UK and Europe.

In making the announcement the Minister described Walker and Flambert as expert strategists with successful track records of overseeing and directing high-impact tourism marketing campaigns for destinations.

Walker has over twenty five years of tourism marketing experience. She most recently served as the director of North America for the Anguilla Tourist Board and is credited with opening the island’s first overseas tourism office. Prior to that she worked for the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) in the capacity of the JTB’s advertising relations manager for North America. Walker is also the principal of TurnStyle Marketing Collections, a boutique tourism agency that promotes luxury resorts and villas.

Flambert studied hospitality, completed the CIM Diploma in Marketing (UK) and has an MBA. He is a tourism professional with over 10 years’ experience working as a hotelier and Destination Management Company, (DMC) representing countries in the Indian Ocean and the Caribbean, namely Sri Lanka, Haiti and Saint Lucia.

In welcoming Walker and Flambert to the team the ABTA’s CEO, Colin James said, “We are confident that Marie and Jean Marc will leverage their industry expertise in overseeing the planning, development, and execution of our initiatives to promote and sell Antigua and Barbuda”.

 

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