Nevis Selects New Youth Junior Minister of Tourism for Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Youth Congress

By: Sazam Hull

(CHARLESTOWN NEVIS)- Nevis’s participation in the 2013 Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Youth Congress to be held in Martinique later this year has been secured with the selection of a new Youth Junior Minister of Tourism.

Five young people participated in a tourism debate at the Red Cross Building in Charlestown on Thursday May 2, 2013 after indicating the interest of becoming the Youth Junior Minister of Tourism. The goal is to represent Nevis at the upcoming Caribbean Tourism Organization Tourism Youth Congress. Each participant had three minutes to make a presentation on a personal selection of one of two tourism topics. Then they had one minute to address a mystery question.

The presentations and topics were centered on tourism and its benefits to the island if properly managed and promoted; and the use of its resources to better advance the entire island as a premier tourism destination. The mystery question, dealt with implementing initiatives to help the various villages on the island.

At the end of the debate which was keenly contested, Neila Jones, a fourth form student at the Gingerland High School emerged as the winner with a total of 564 points. Jones was one of two participants who made a presentation on how both locals and tourists can benefit from community tourism.

Second place winner, Nekhalia Tyson of the Charlestown Secondary School amassed a total of 555 points while third place winner, Kerese Elliott also of the Charlestown Secondary received 552 points. The other participants were Keelia English of the Lyn Jeffers School and Shakeem Parris of Gingerland High School.

The debate was judged by Mr. Kerry Hendrickson, Mrs. Suzanne Gordon and Mrs. Lornette Hanley.

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