Nassau, Bahamas — A second major shakeup in the Ministry of Tourism is underway this morning, as BP is on the ground in the department, and here’s what we know.
Tourism has secured the services of Tom Crockett and has positioned the former VP for UPS shipping into the position as Chief Marketing Officer at the ministry. Crockett, another Non-Bahamian, will move from sorting mail to branding the products of the Bahamas. BP has learnt the man has no inkling of what the product of the Bahamas entails, but when an “empty head” appoints another, the result is you get is a shell.
We have also learnt ‘a young ting’ is returning home to fill the position as the new deputy director of Tourism. The individual, we are told, shall leapfrog a gang of professionals within the department and will not get the support needed in the failing ministry.
Current Jamaican appointed Director for Communications, Basil Smith, is another strange character in the ministry who seems to never find his way out of Tourism. Smith, we are told is approaching 70 years of age, and even the Jamaicans refuse to rehire him. He continues to serve at the pleasure of the PM, and we believe acts as an agent to carry secrets to our tourism rivals.
The Bahamahost programme is collapsing and is falling into chaos. BP has noted operators of the course cannot meet the demands of the many unemployed persons seeking to upgrade their skills in Tourism. We are told scores of applicants cannot get a date to begin classes nor are there sufficient instructors to handle current loads. The programme was established under the great former Minister of Tourism, the Late Sir Clement T. Maynard.
The newest lost sheep now in Tourism is current Permanent Secretary, Hyson Pratt. “The woman is as lost as Alice was in Wonderland. She is clueless as to the needs of the ministry and with tourism already struggling with everything on the decline, this is no time for government experiments,” an official in the ministry said.
Meanwhile, we are told the tourism officers are happy to see Vernae ‘Doll Baby’ Walkine exit out the door. We are told the workers are throwing a party for her departure, but guess what, no one wants to contribute to the event.
One organizer told BP, “Ya know it is one of those things where it is a bitter sweet item. On one hand ya happy to see the ‘Doll Baby’ go, but on the other hand, things are so bad no one has money to celebrate her departure.”