Arley Sobers, the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s (CTO) interim secretary general and director of information management and research, died Thursday, according to statement released by the CTO. A CTO spokesperson told Travel Agent that he died “peacefully in his sleep."
CTO Chairman Allen Chastanet issued a statement August 15 describing Sobers as a “hard working, dedicated and committed member of the CTO family, selflessly giving over 20 years of his life to the organization.”
Former CTO Secretary General and current Minister of Tourism for the Bahamas Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace said, “We in the CTO family have lost our heart and the Caribbean has lost a brilliant, passionate and compassionate friend in the passing of Arley Sobers. He was my sounding board, my confidant, my advisor and my great friend during my years at CTO and long before. He helped to establish and solidified CTO's global reputation as a source of information on the Caribbean. Few people are irreplaceable but Arley comes as close as any.”