Director of Tourism Shomari Scott has decided to take on a new professional challenge and will be leaving the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism (CIDOT effective December 31.
Scott will remain with the Department in order to transition the CIDOT through to the New Year (January 2014). Rosa Harris and Oneisha Richards, both deputy directors, will share the responsibility for managing the Department in an acting capacity. Scott's new endeavor in the private sector will be announced shortly.
Scott was the Department’s first intern in 1996 and after completing his studies at Stetson University in 2002; he returned to the Cayman Islands and joined the Department, where he has served till the present time.
During his tenure, Mr. Scott rose through the ranks, working in five different positions spanning from the junior position of events coordinator through to the most senior position of director of tourism in just over a decade of service.
"Mr. Scott’s departure will be a huge loss to the tourism industry and to the government service," said Moses Kirkconnell, deputy premier and minister for tourism, in a written release. "However, I am pleased that he is staying within the Cayman Islands and will continue to focus his efforts towards the ultimate goal of increasing the economic benefits for the people of the Cayman Islands. He has my full support and I wish him all the best in this new chapter of his life. The Ministry and I also have full confidence in the senior leadership team that has been established at the CIDOT and anticipate as seamless a transition as can be expected."