St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Tecoya Warner of Charles E. Mills Secondary School is the new youth Junior Minister of Tourism for St. Kitts.
Warner’s winning presentation at the 2017 Tourism Youth Congress focused on practicing environmental sustainability within the tourism sector.
“Take a hike through the rainforest and immerse yourself in nature, take a plunge into the sea, submerge yourself in turquoise water and view the breathtaking marine habitats. Ahh! Mother Nature has been bountiful to us! Thus, it beholds us to become stewards of the environment, as it relates to resource efficiency, environmental protection, and climate change. Essentially, we should engage in sustainable tourism which is economic, social, and environmental development that is conducted without the depletion of natural resources.”
The youth congress is a competition aimed at giving a platform for youth to showcase their knowledge of the tourism industry of St. Kitts and Nevis.
At this year’s congress, held Thursday at the ECCB auditorium, one student each from the Cayon High School, Saddlers Secondary School and Charles E. Mills Secondary School, exhibited thoroughly researched and well-written presentations with audio-visual elements about tourist activities and sustainability within the tourism sector.
The participants formulated their proposals based on criteria and information provided by the Ministry of Tourism.
The contestants had three minutes to express their knowledge of tourism to the judges, who then examined the presentations for content, understanding of existing resources and tourism activities of St. Kitts and Nevis, and the public speaking skills of the students.
St. Kitts and Nevis host separate Youth Congresses on an annual basis, and the winner on each island earns the title of Junior Minister of Tourism. The Youth Junior Ministers of Tourism go on to represent their country in the Caribbean Tourism Organisation’s youth congress, where they also discuss and debate aspects of tourism with their peers from across the region.
In 2016 Dahneria Hodge of the Washington Archibald High School represented St. Kitts as the Youth Junior Minister of Tourism.