Friday, January 23, 2009 – With the
increasing pressures to safeguard the tourism industry in order to sustain the
national economy, the need for well trained and capable human resources in
tourism is even more compelling.
Within this context, the St. Lucia Tourist Board announced yesterday, the
appointment of two officers to fill two important positions, that of Management
Information Systems (MIS) Officer and Head of Special Events Management.
The Head of Special Events Management Lavaughn Francis, a St. Lucian national
with a Master of Science degree in Project Management from the George Washington
University and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resource
Management from Baruch College of the City University of New York, brings to the
Board her recent experience with ICC Cricket World Cup working directly with CEO
Chris Dehring. Her role entailed developing departmental project plans and
monitoring their adherence to the tournament contract. She also coordinated the
sponsor leveraging programme for the event and conceptualized, planned and
developed strategic implementation and roll-out plans for several of the
entertainment zones at the various stadia. Francis has also worked as the
Project Manager Information Technology for Mayberry Investments in Jamaica.
As head of the Special Events department Francis will take responsibility for
the development, planning, coordination and implementation a all the Board’s
calendar of special events.
The second appointment is that of Mr. Crispin Blasse who, as the MIS Officer, is
responsible for the design, implementation and management of the information
technology systems including the acquisition of appropriate hardware and
software to meet the information processing and telecommunication needs of the