After seven-and-a-half years at the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism (DOT), Rosa Harris has moved into its top position as director of tourism.
Harris has a long history with the department and within the tourism industry of the Cayman Islands.
“I am very excited to be leading this organization to support and drive economic success for the country, being involved with the Ministry of Tourism’s airport and cruise port redevelopment projects, and shaping the future tourism product by collaborating with tourism partners, new developers and sister government agencies,” she said in a written release.
The role of director is one that Harris has strived for since obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree from notable Ivy League school Cornell University and her Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Manchester University.
While she was the acting director, Harris was the interim chairman of both the Public Transportation Board (PTB) and the Hotel Licensing Board, roles she will continue as director.
She is also the deputy chairman of the Cayman Islands Hospitality School Council, Tourism Attractions Board and the Cayman Islands Marketing Professionals Association.
Her DOT career began in 2006 as the national promotions and events manager. During her tenure, she gained considerable experience in key aspects of the Cayman Islands’ tourism industry. In these roles she established marketing plans for the Islands and led tourism product development in addition to other duties.
Some of her notable achievements include five destination promotions that resulted in annual increases in the number of tourists visiting the Islands.