NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (April 19, 2018) — Mr. John Hanley, Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism encouraged students participating in The Bank of Nevis Limited Tourism Youth Congress scheduled for May 17, 2018, to be mindful of the benefits that come with taking part in the forum.
The Tourism Official was delivering remarks at the launch of the congress on April 17, 2018, at a breakfast hosted at the Montpelier Plantation and Beach Club. The event is the local leg of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation’s (CTO) Caribbean Youth Tourism Youth Congress.
“The Tourism Youth Congress is an opportunity for you to learn public speaking skills, it is an opportunity for you to network with persons of your age group.
“It also helps you to learn about what can be considered to be the most important industry on your island, the tourism industry,” he said.
Mr. Hanley told the participants that only one school can be the winner and it was up to them to determine whether they wanted their school to be the winners. He encouraged them to prepare in earnest for the event.
He thanked The Bank of Nevis for its sponsorship of the congress for the past seven years. Mr. Hanley also used the opportunity to pay respects to Ms. Bonita Morgan of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), who has recently passed.
She was responsible for introducing many impactful projects and programmes at the CTO including organising the annual tourism youth congress.
At the launch, representatives from the secondary schools were introduced. Mr. Mikkel Maloney, Mr. Recardoe Rodriques and Ms. Kimberly Dookhan from the Charlestown Secondary School; Ms. Shaianu Tyson, Ms. K-Tara Huggins and Ms. Ajuma Liburd from the Gingerland Secondary School, and Ms. Eliyse Thomas, Ms. Tarana Anadkat and Mr. Jesse Wyly from the Nevis International Secondary School.
During the congress which will be held at the Nevis Performing Arts Centre (NEPAC), the students will deliver their presentations on a topic selected from the moots provided. Topic one is: “Virtual Reality and Tourism – Enticing a New Generation of Explorers”. Topic two is: “Developing Smart and Sustainable Caribbean countries – Building Back Better” and Topic three is: “Year of Wellness and Rejuvenation – Enhancing the Caribbean’s Tourism Product Offering.”
The winner of the local leg of the contest will become the new Youth Junior Minister of Tourism on Nevis, and will form part of a team representing the island at the 2018 Caribbean Tourism Youth Congress later this year, during the CTO’s annual State of the Industry Conference (SOTIC) in The Bahamas.
Also present at the launch were Mr. Devonne Cornelius, reigning Youth Junior Minister of Tourism, Mr. Pheon Jones, Marketing Officer at The Bank of Nevis Limited and staff from the Ministry of Tourism including Mr. Dorson Ottley a former staff member.