British Virgin Islands has a New Junior Minister of Tourism

8 Jun 2015
British Virgin Islands has a New Junior Minister of Tourism

Tortola, British Virgin Islands, June 8, 2015 – Elmore Stoutt High School student Maya Bazar is the
new Junior Minister of Tourism for the British Virgin Islands.

The 15-year-old student won the coveted title on June 4th after speaking in front of a live audience on three
topics that included film tourism, greening tourism events, and a mystery topic. Her win now secures her
with the opportunity to represent the BVI in Curaçao for the regional speech competition in October.

“The BVI Tourist Board wishes to congratulate Maya and all of the students who participated in the
competition. Representing each secondary school, these young men and women presented with confidence,
clarity and professionalism, and they accepted the challenge of addressing ideas for tourism in thoughtprovoking
ways. As these teens move forward, we hope this platform will encourage youth throughout the
Territory to accept the vast amount of educational opportunities that are offered to develop and grow in the
tourism sector,” said Director of Tourism, Sharon Flax-Mars.

The other four students from Thursday’s competition and their placement include: Cecil Williams, Seventh
Day Adventist School (second); Marsha Henry, Cedar School (third); Anika Christopher, Bregado Flax
Educational Centre (fourth); Solene Seaman, St. Georges Secondary (fifth).

“Each year, the Junior Minister of Tourism Speech Competition draws more interest and anticipation from
the community. The yearly event is one of the Tourist Board’s most comprehensive initiatives. By
participating, students are able to boost their self-confidence, build interpersonal relationships, and learn
the nuances of public speaking. It also helps spark interest in the vast amount of careers available in the
hospitality and tourism industry,” said Training Coordinator, Natalie Penn.

In addition to travelling to compete against other Caribbean students, Maya received a four-week paid
internship with the Tourist Board this summer where she will gain firsthand knowledge of the different
roles and responsibilities of the creative, marketing, product, and administration teams. She will also
accompany the Director to a couple of Board meetings where she will meet the executive body of Board

The BVI Tourist Board oversees multiple tourism education initiatives annually that provide students with
first rate, interactive experiences within the tourism sector. The diverse progammes provide students and
young adults with the insight and skills required to pursue their studies and/or career in tourism and
hospitality. Further initiatives include Trash to Treasure, school presentations, familiarisation trips, Day as
a Tourist, and industry internships.

The Tourist Board thanks the community for attending the event and extends their gratitude to the
following companies for their sponsorship and support: LIME, ZBVI, ZVCR, JTV, Mr. Christopher
Kissoon for providing photography services, One Stop Mall for the winner’s sash, Creative Arts for their
printing services, the judge’s, the media, Tourist Board staff and the Ministry of Education and Culture.