By WAME VALENTINE
Rick Hamilton has been removed as CEO of Tourism Fiji by the Board of Directors of the national tourism body. Hamilton’s removal came about following his advice that he had signed an employment agreement for a role in a tourism office of a competing travel destination.
“The Board acknowledges the role Rick played in establishing the team that coordinated the successful inaugural Fijian Tourism Expo last week, and that the organization is now placed to fit a leader with a skill set necessary for the evolution of Tourism Fiji and its strategic plan,” said the Attorney-General and Minister for Tourism, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.
Hamilton was appointed to the position in January 2013. He was previously the Managing Director of Flight Center, one of New Zealand’s largest travel companies.
It is understood that on his appointment as CEO, his family would relocate with him to Fiji. According to a press statement released this afternoon, the Board was advised after Hamilton began his tenure that his family’s relocation was not possible, and understands his wish to no longer be separated from his family and take up a position in the same location.
Tourism Fiji’s Board of Directors is giving careful consideration to potential permanent candidates for the CEO position, and expects to announce a replacement in the near future.