BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (August 26, 2008) – The Chairman of The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), Hon. Allen Chastanet, today named director of marketing for the Americas, Hugh Riley, as interim secretary general of the organization.

Mr. Riley will act in the position while the CTO’s Executive Committee completes the search for a new Secretary General. During this period, deputy director for Projects and Administration, Sylma Brown Bramble, will act in Mr. Riley’s substantive position as director of marketing for the Americas.

Mr. Riley’s interim appointment was necessitated by the August 14, 2008 sudden passing of interim secretary general Arley Sobers, who assumed the position at the beginning of July when the secretary general, Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace returned home to become Minister of Tourism and Aviation of The Bahamas

Mr. Riley was appointed director of marketing for the Americas in March 2002 and has since overseen the Caribbean’s marketing program in the United States of America and Canada. He is also co-chief operating officer of the Caribbean Tourism Development Company (CTDC), the marketing and business development unit owned equally by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) and the CTO.