Bahamas Ministry of Tourism Appoints Acting Director General, Deputy Director General

Two new appointments to The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investments & Aviation: Latia Duncombe as Acting Director General (left); and Dr. R. Kenneth Romer as Deputy Director General (right).
Latia Duncombe, Acting Director General; Dr. R. Kenneth Romer as Deputy Director General

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investments & Aviation has appointed Latia Duncombe as Acting Director General and Dr. R. Kenneth Romer as Deputy Director General.

Latia Duncombe

"Latia Duncombe is a distinguished executive in marketing and sales, and we are confident she will bring invaluable oversight while further propelling The Bahamas as a leading destination,” said Deputy Prime Minister the Honourable I. Chester Cooper, Minister of Tourism, Investments & Aviation. "ADG Duncombe will help me lead in the execution of our robust strategic growth plans for tourism and investments, as outlined in our Blueprint for Change."

"I am honoured to represent the people of The Bahamas in continuing to drive a healthy tourism economy in our great island nation," said Duncombe. "These recent years have been challenging as we navigate the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but we look toward a more prosperous future with many accomplishments to celebrate in the months and years ahead."

In AUG 2021, Latia Duncombe was recruited as Deputy Director General of The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation. Duncombe brings over 25 years of cross-industry experience in sales and marketing, public relations, finance and business analysis.

Dr. R. Kenneth Romer

"Dr. Romer brings deep expertise across critical sectors that will be invaluable as he steps into this important role," said Cooper. "He is no stranger to the Ministry team, and will no doubt continue to make significant contributions as we bring our country back to pre-pandemic prosperity and growth."

"This is a pivotal turning point for tourism, and I look forward to helping our great nation rebound and recover," said Romer. "While the past two years have been a challenge, I’m confident in the path forward and am thrilled to bring my expertise to our country as Deputy Director General."

Romer has held a leadership position within the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism since 2019, serving as Executive Director overseeing airlift, cruise, yachting, visitor safety, sites and facilities, quality assurance, as well as brand management, research and statistics, guest services and special projects. He is a member of the Bahamas Tourism Readiness and Recovery Committee as well as the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, among others.

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