Statement by the CTO on the passing of Prime Minister David Thompson of Barbado

STATEMENT BY THE CARIBBEAN TOURISM ORGANIZATION ON THE PASSING OF
THE RIGHT HONOURABLE DAVID THOMPSON
PRIME MINISTER OF BARBADOS


david-thompsonBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (23 Oct. 2010) - The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) is
deeply saddened by the passing of The Right Hon. David Thompson, Prime Minister of
Barbados. Our prayers are with his wife Mara, his daughters Misha, Oya and
Osa-Marie, his parents, family, relatives and friends.

We also share the grief of his constituents whom he served from 1987 until his
passing on October 23rd and the entire nation of Barbados which he led as Prime
Minister since 2008.

Despite the prior knowledge of his illness, the passing of Prime Minister Thompson
at the early age of 48 must come as a shock to the People of Barbados, whose prayers
and outpouring of support have been unceasing.

Prime Minister Thompson was steadfast in his commitment to the CTO. His support was
evident in Barbados' kind hosting of major CTO events during his tenure - the 11th
Annual Caribbean Conference on Sustainable Tourism and the first ever Leadership
Strategy Conference - and his dedication to the cause of the Caribbean's economic
prosperity through tourism.

Prime Minister Thompson was personally involved in advocating the issues of regional
tourism at the highest levels overseas as well as throughout the Caribbean. We will
forever cherish his guidance and leadership.

The Chairman of the CTO Council of Ministers The Hon. Ricky Skerritt, with whom
Prime Minister Thomson had a personal friendship, the Ministers, Directors,
management, staff and the entire CTO family extend our sincere condolences to all
who mourn the loss of Prime Minister David Thompson. May he rest in peace.