After 19 years at the BVI Tourist Board and Film Commission (BVITB), Mr Rhodni A. Skelton has exited the entity, where he last held the position of Deputy Director of Tourism.
Mr Skelton’s contract with the BVITB expired on February 6, 2023, and it has not been renewed.
It is unclear the reason/s for his contract not being renewed and whether it was by mutual agreement.
‘My contract ended yesterday’- Skelton
“My contract ended yesterday,” Mr Skelton told Virgin Islands News Online, adding that he may say further on the matter in the coming days.
The BVITB, including its Chairperson Mrs Delma Maduro, did not respond to our request for comment.
In a leaked email to Marketing staff today, February 7, 2023, from Mr Skelton, and seen by our newsroom; however, Mr Skelton informed his colleagues of his departure from the BVITB.
“As of end of day yesterday, I am no longer your Deputy Director, and no longer an employee of the TB. At some point my access to emails and such, will be terminated and a general announcement made to the entire staff. But I wanted to tell you all on the Marketing team first.”
In the same email, Mr Skelton thanked his colleagues for their support “over the 19 years that I have been with the Organisation. We have had our ups and downs, but have always put our best foot forward as a team.”
Mr Skelton further said it was rewarding 19 years for him at BVITB. “Thanks to each of you in your own way. Keep up the good work that you do, and I will be cheering you on from the outside! Remember that this is "Your BVI" and that should be the main focus in everything that you do.. Until next time....,” the leaked email stated.
In a leaked email to the BVITB's
Marketing staff today, February 7, 2023, from Mr Rhodni A. Skelton, and
seen by our newsroom; however, Mr Skelton informed his colleagues of his
departure from the BVITB.
Who will replace Mr Skelton as Deputy Director?
Mr Rhodni A. Skelton, who was well known for spearheading the promotion of BVI Music Fest, is the son of former legislator Ronnie W. Skelton.
He served as Film Commissioner and Events Marketing Manager at the Tourist Board from 2004 to 2015 and was appointed Deputy Director of Tourism in May 2017.
Mr Skelton holds an Associate’s Degree in Business Management and a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Northwood University.
He also has a Master of Business Administration Degree in Human Resource Management and Finance from Wright State University.
Furthermore, Skelton holds a Master of Science Degree in Tourism and Project Management from the University of the West Indies.
It is unclear at this time who will replace Mr Skelton as Deputy Director of Tourism.