The Turks and Caicos Islands civil service is pleased to welcome Mr. Brian Been and to congratulate him on his new appointment as the Tourism Risk Manager within the Ministry of Tourism, Heritage and the Environment.
Mr. Been, who is a former employee of the Turks and Caicos Tourist Board, previously served as the Senior Product Development Officer and is a former member of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO), Sustainable Tourism Technical Committee (STTC) where he served for over 12 years and has also held the post of Deputy Chairman. Mr. Been also co-chaired the Grand Turk Cruise Steering Committee that facilitated the establishment of a cruise industry on Grand Turk and participated in the consultation for the Grand Turk Master Plan.
Mr. Been served on the Steering Committee for the Turks and Caicos National Tourism Strategic Plan updates in 2006 and 2015 by Ainsworth O’Reilly and KPMG. He also acted as National Focal for the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency’s Regional Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation Strategy and Plan of Action for the Caribbean Tourism Sector and the CARIBSAVE Risk Atlas for the Turks and Caicos Islands.
A graduate of The College of The Bahamas, now University of The Bahamas with in BSc Tourism Management, Mr. Been is a certified Business Advisor for the Hospitality Assured Caribbean programme. He is married to Kathrina Missick-Been and has a son, Alexander.
Commenting on his new appointment he stated; “The Turks and Caicos Islands is at the crossroads in respect of tourism development and I am grateful for the opportunity to serve my country in this capacity. Playing my role, I intend to ensure that an integrated approach is taken as we seek to build a culture of multi-hazard risk reduction for all 8 sectors of the tourism industry. The desired output is enhanced safety for our host community and visitors alike through a Disaster Risk Strategy and Action for the Tourism Sector. I am really looking forward to much accomplishments in my new role and also in working with the Ministry of Tourism, Heritage and the Environment on the wider tourism management program.”
Deputy Governor, Anya Williams in extending congratulations to Mr. Been stated; “I am pleased to welcome Mr. Been to the main stream civil service and to congratulate him on his new role. The post of Tourism Risk Manager is a new post that was created to provide the highest level of strategic advice and guidance to the Ministry of Tourism and the Tourist Board on the risks that exist within the tourism industry, which accounts for over 80% of our GDP. In his new role Mr. Been will be responsible for developing policy framework and standard operating procedures for the management of risks in the tourism sector and will also be responsible for developing strategic plans aimed at enhancing our tourism product. We wish Mr. Been well in his new role and are happy to have him join our team.”