Maria Fowell is tourism management professional with twenty (20) years’ experience in the tourism industry in Saint Lucia, including five (5) years of policy formulation and implementation at a national level. Maria has ten (10) years’ experience leading corporate marketing and internal communications in the financial services sector within the Eastern Caribbean, supporting cross-functional teams in the implementation of strategic plans.
Maria has a BSc in Tourism Management from the University of the West Indies and an MSc in Marketing from the University of Leicester in the UK. Her skills include tourism planning & administration, community tourism initiatives, and event management. Experienced also in brand strategy and market research, Maria is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK.
Maria has sat on several Boards including Cricket World Cup Saint Lucia Inc., the St. Lucia Heritage Tourism Project Management Advisory Board and the St. Lucia World Heritage Site Committee. In 2000 she was recognized by Travel Agent Magazine in their Rising Stars Awards.
Maria, a Saint Lucian national, currently holds the position of Tourism Specialist at the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission. In pursuit of the organization’s vision of a better quality of life for the people of the OECS, she is committed to sustainable tourism development and achieving balanced growth through tourism.