Change at the Helm
Roatan Authorities Meet New Tourism Minister

August 1st, 2009
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Julio Benitez speaks to the foreign community. Julio Galindo, Mayor Dale Jackson, Vice-Minsiter Paola Bonilla, Minister Anna Abarca, Governor Arlie Thompson, Police Chief Julio Benitez.

Julio Benitez speaks to the foreign community. Julio Galindo, Mayor Dale Jackson, Vice-Minsiter Paola Bonilla, Minister Anna Abarca, Governor Arlie Thompson, Police Chief Julio Benitez.

Two hundred foreigners gathered at the Fantasy Islands to meet Honduras new tourism minister, Anna Abarca. While not a good English speaker, Abarca did serve for around two years, 2000-01, as tourism minister under the President Flores.

Paola Bonilla, Vice Minister of Tourism, said that she did not know why the ex-minister Martinez “decided not to continue to work” with the Micheletti government. After the June 28 coup only four ministers were changed, but gradually all were replaced by de facto President Micheletti.

While Honduras continues to struggle in an internal and international crisis, Americans suggested hiring Hollywood stars and marketing studios to change the image of Roatan. “The news cycle is 96 hours. Let’s forget about what happened on June 28,” said Dan Taylor, an American investor. Several Americans criticized US government policy towards Honduran crisis and foreign media coverage.

Several businessmen from Roatan announced travel plans to meet with US Ambassador Llorenz and asking him if it was possible to exclude Roatan from a country wide travel alert warning Americans against non-essential travel to the country engulfed in “unstable political and security situation.” “We’re going to see if our government won’t get its head out of its ass,” said Russ Summerell, one of the group members.

On July 24, another group of American businessmen travelled to Tegucigalpa to meet with Florida Congressman Connie Mack who supports the Zelaya ouster and sees Obama’s policy towards Honduras as wrong. The Honduran crisis has held up appointment of two officials to State Department. [/private]

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