Five Schools to Compete in Tourism Speech Competition

10 May 2017
Five Schools to Compete in Tourism Speech Competition

Tortola, British Virgin Islands, May 10th, 2017 – Students from five British Virgin Islands secondary schools will compete in the annual Junior Minister of Tourism Speech Competition on Saturday, May 27th at H. Lavity Stoutt Community College in the Eileene Parsons Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. Students include Keira St. Ross of Bregado Flax Educational Centre; Za-Riana Grant of Cedar International School; Keliann Freeman of Elmore Stoutt High School; Shamir Smith of Seventh Day Adventist School; and Kasalya Farrington of the Virgin Islands School of Technical Studies.

Students are required to prepare and present their ideas on one of three given topics. Each student will be allocated a total of three minutes to express their perspectives followed by a mystery question that each student randomly selects.

Here are this year’s topics:

1. International year of sustainable tourism development – tourism’s contribution to building a better world: 

a. Inclusive and sustainable economic growth;

b. Social inclusiveness, employment and poverty reduction;

c. Resource efficiency, environmental protection and climate change;

d. Cultural values, diversity and heritage; and

e. Mutual understanding, peace and security.

2. Signature tourism products – strengthening the image of your destination

3. Adventure tourism – cultural and natural discovery through physically active and exciting activities. 

“Tourism education is essential and through the Junior Minister of Tourism Speech Competition, students are able to research, analyze, and state their position on issues that concern our tourism product and territory overall. Our youth must be prepared to understand the way forward in tourism development and initiatives and gain exposure through opportunities such as this competition, which fosters personal and academic growth alongside their peers within the region. We salute the students who have accepted this year’s challenge,” said Director of Tourism Sharon Flax-Brutus. 

The British Virgin Islands Tourist Board looks forward to hosting this event yearly as part of the regional Junior Minister of Tourism Speech Competition established by Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO). The winner of this year’s competition will participate in the regional competition held in Grenada this October.