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Flax-Brutus heading BVITB for 3 more years

The Directors of the BVI Tourist Board has renewed the contract for its Tourist Board Director, Ms Sharon P. Flax-Brutus. Photo: VINO/File
Sources close to the Board, told our newsroom that they have agreed to the contract renewal for another three years starting January 1, 2019, to December 31, 2021. Photo: Internet Source
Sources close to the Board, told our newsroom that they have agreed to the contract renewal for another three years starting January 1, 2019, to December 31, 2021. Photo: Internet Source
Over Ms Flax-Brutus’ tenure at the Tourist Board, she has done much to improve the Territory’s tourism product, advertise the Virgin Islands (VI) in new markets, and found ways to keep the Territory competitive, even as new emerging regional destinations like Cuba and Haiti, threatens the local industry. Photo: GIS
Over Ms Flax-Brutus’ tenure at the Tourist Board, she has done much to improve the Territory’s tourism product, advertise the Virgin Islands (VI) in new markets, and found ways to keep the Territory competitive, even as new emerging regional destinations like Cuba and Haiti, threatens the local industry. Photo: GIS
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The Directors of the BVI Tourist Board have renewed the contract of its Tourist Board Director, Ms Sharon P. Flax-Brutus.

This is according to senior sources close to the Board, who told our newsroom that they have agreed to the renewal for another three years starting January 1, 2019, to December 31, 2021.

Ms Flax-Brutus, a Tourism sector veteran was first appointed Director in 2013.

The terms and conditions of her contract renewal are not yet known, however, some have claimed, it may have been an attempt to tie the hands of the new government.

Her Deputy Director is Rhodni A. Skelton, the son of former Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Ronnie W. Skelton (AL) who now heads a National Democratic Party (NDP) breakaway group called Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM).

Good track record

Over Ms Flax-Brutus’ tenure at the Tourist Board, she has done much to improve the Territory’s tourism product, advertise the Virgin Islands (VI) in new markets, and found ways to keep the Territory competitive, even as new emerging regional destinations like Cuba and Haiti, threatens the local industry.

She has also created the BVI Food Fete, the Staycation programme, along with the now famous Anegada Lobster Festival, all successful initiatives.

Despite her efforts, the NDP Government has not supported her by increasing the Tourism Board's Budget and they have only paid ‘lip service’ to the sector according to industry insiders.

20 Responses to “Flax-Brutus heading BVITB for 3 more years”

  • wize up (06/01/2019, 18:22) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    let’s speak politically(can we agree to do so)
  • facts (06/01/2019, 19:29) Like (19) Dislike (7) Reply
    The next government will be VIP and there will no worries. MRS. flax Brutus has done a fantastic job and will remain. Skelton is a waste of time. He does nothing at BViTB. Talk about a political appointment that is Ra Skelton
    • Clueless (07/01/2019, 08:58) Like (16) Dislike (8) Reply
      The boy been there for over 10 years. He start lAnegada fest and push Food Fest. Speaks better than any of them. Clean up campaigns. Film he brought in a and classes for students. Ask any agency who they prefer to work with. What political appointment? Stop the madness. Always bringing down your own for no reason.Sharon was political appointed by MVW and extended now by MVW. From HR at Lil Dix to director of Tourism? Now tell me if that is not political. Months before an election? Why not one year extension instead?
      • i wish (07/01/2019, 09:46) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
        ...you would really ask the folks who they prefer to work with. You will be very surprised. What they telling him to his face and saying being his back is 2 different things.
      • insider (07/01/2019, 19:04) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
        He did not start ALF nor was it his idea. Talk about taking credit falsely. The idea was Kaletha Henry’s, Sam Henry’s wife. Let’s face it Ra has never been a person with a good work ethic. He talks a good talk but does not walk the walk. Don’t get me wrong. He has a great personality but that’s about it. Set an example for your staff. At least show up to work on time
      • ...... (09/01/2019, 02:07) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
        Push Food Fest? That event was a non starter until the new Events Cordinator came to the Board. SHE is the driving force behind Food Fete. Skelton is a failure. He killed the music fest. Clive McCoy turned the Film Commission around. Rhodni who? Come again. Who know, know. SMDH.
  • Shame Shame (06/01/2019, 19:42) Like (6) Dislike (7) Reply
    All those things been in place all while she been Little Dix or other people create them. Strupes. This is just a politics trick to try tie the next government into buying out her contract to get rid of her in three months. Nobody wants to work with she. Everybody knows this. They just costing us unecessary taxpayer dollars with this NDP move.
    • A BELONGER AND SCHOOL MATE (07/01/2019, 09:53) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      HATERS HATERS HATERS HATERS HATERS.LEAVE MY ANTIGUAN ALONE.
      • @A Belonger and school mate (07/01/2019, 21:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        No hate at all, remember she is an indigenous BVIslander too!
  • 1 (06/01/2019, 21:02) Like (14) Dislike (6) Reply
    She has done a great job
  • Just saying (06/01/2019, 22:50) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    I love to see this lady
  • Congrats (06/01/2019, 23:39) Like (10) Dislike (6) Reply
    Congratulations Sharon! Best Director EVERRRRR!!! It's a pleasure working with you. Keep shattering the proverbial glass ceilings. Keep shining. Keep pushing Destination BVI. Keep moving with the vision. There are more who are with you than against you. May you excel and push even further. Here's to your 3 more years Madam Director!
  • luke (07/01/2019, 04:37) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
    They say funny man had a hand in this...
  • resident (07/01/2019, 04:40) Like (7) Dislike (5) Reply
    Ms Flax continues to make personal sacrifice for the bvi tb and this country, she deserves 4 more years
  • fake (07/01/2019, 07:29) Like (12) Dislike (3) Reply
    Who renews a political position with elections couple months away. Clearly this is a political stunt. Look out for the payout when government changes.
  • i from here (07/01/2019, 08:44) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
    She is one of we
    • VG (07/01/2019, 14:38) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
      You men if you from VG then. Everything goes VG with no problem no matter what it cost. Try spend 5 dollars in any other island. Look problem!
  • Hmmm (07/01/2019, 19:07) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    And Anegada ain’t get nothing? HM Prison on Tortola? Bet you didn’t know that? Bohios on beach on JVD? Bet you didn’t know that
  • Grow Up People (07/01/2019, 19:13) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Nothing to fight over, we are One BVI. Each of them are great at what they do! Everything is not about politics. They are each BVIslanders. Their forefathers were BVI born and that’s enough. Their bloodlines are strong with love for their beautiful Country! Enough people, grow up and be Godly human beings please!!
  • yes (08/01/2019, 09:36) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well deserved! Sharon is phenomenal and effective in this role! Congrats


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