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17 May 2012
Merrill Joshua, new tourism manager
Merrill Joshua, St Helena Tourism manager

Sharon Henry, SHBC

New Tourism Manager

Merrill Joshua has been appointed the new Tourism Manager and has been in post for two weeks.

Merrill was formerly Assistant Purser on the RMS St Helena. SHBC asked him about his new role. "It's mainly strengthening relationships between tour operators, key stakeholders and the Tourist Office. We act as an agent with anyone who has interest in local tours and attractions. We want to encourage people to take part in local events and attractions and develop this. With the investment in the airport one of our key areas is to ensure we show visitors, returning Saints and locals what St Helena has to offer. Basically I'm advertising St Helena" said Merrill.

The Tourism Directorate now falls under the umbrella of Enterprise St Helena (ESH) whose remit is to grow the economy through business investment and tourism. "We're hoping to move into a bigger market and we will succeed, but, we need to be prepared for it. With the airport coming and tourism being the leading industry we can't be behind times struggling and not utilising the resources at our disposal especially with support from ESH. We will have trade from people wanting to visit before the airport. We have Basil Read on the island which is positive. I've felt since I've been back on the island things are moving and getting better and it will be a shame to get left behind. We need to keep up the momentum."





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