News

Caribbean’s Youngest Ministers Offer New Ideas on the Future of Tourism

By: Caribbean Journal Staff - October 10, 2012

Above: Junior Ministers at the Tourism Youth Congress in St Kitts (CJ Photo)

By Alexander Britell

ST KITTS — Should Jamaica build a museum to honour sporting heroes like Usain Bolt?

Or should Dominica hold an annual “Nature Island Games” to draw visitors to its forested hills?

These were some of the ideas put forth by some of the Caribbean tourism industry’s newest visionaries Wednesday as part of the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s Tourism Youth Congress at the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank’s campus in Basseterre.

The congress, which gathers “Junior Ministers” of Tourism aged 14 to 17 from around the Caribbean, has been taking place under the aegis of the CTO since 2000.

It was Jamaica’s O’Brian Lewis, the Junior Minister who offered the proposal for a national sports museum, who took home first place following three rounds of debate covering sports tourism, social media and celebrity endorsement. (Lewis, naturally, suggested that Usain Bolt should be Jamaica’s official spokesperson).

“Imagine, entering a black green building, where, at the entrance, you are greeted by cool reggae music — to the right, you see Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce; to your left, you find cricketers Courtney Walsh or Chris Gayle,” Lewis said of his proposed museum, perhaps finding the ear of one of the assembled tourism delegates on hand for the event.

Placing in second was Barbados’ Christopher Morgan, followed by St Maarten’s Kiran Jivnani and Turks and Caicos’ Arean Louis in a tie for third.

The young delegates were debating their own new ideas for the industry — from a establishing a high-level tennis academy in Antigua to fostering a haven for extreme sports in St Kitts — as their more seasoned counterparts held court at the Marriott in Basseterre to address regional airlift and other pressing issues for Caribbean tourism.

The congress, which was chaired by and Dominican native Kitwanie Carbon (who won the event last year), was preceded by a mock tourism debate put on by local students in St Kitts and Nevis.

Popular Posts belize hotel mayan world

At the Falling Leaves Lodge in Belize, a Portal to the Maya World

SAN IGNACIO — There has been some form of settlement on this site for more than 3,000 years, here on a leafy hill above the town of San Ignacio, Belize. In other words, this is no ordinary hill. This is Cahal Pech, […]


In San Ignacio, Belize, The Art of Adventure (And Pupusas)

pupusas belize

The sizzle is calling you. In the early morning, corn tortillas stuffed with cheese and beans and meat sing a particularly strong siren song.  It could be that perfect blend of dough and heat, or the aroma. It might just […]


Delta Is Adding More Nonstop Curacao Flights, Citing “Booming Demand”  

the beach at the avila hotel in curacao

Curacao is hotter than ever, with a wave of new hotels and record-breaking tourism numbers. And just a few months after Delta made its long-awaited return to the island, the carrier is adding even more flights.  The reason? What Delta […]


Related Posts cas en bas

Saint Lucia Is Getting a New Luxury Beach Resort  

Even if you haven’t been to the island, you’ve almost certainly seen Saint Lucia’s most famous imagery — the Pitons, around which stand most of the destination’s most luxurious resorts. In recent years, though, the island’s northern tip has been developing […]


There’s Another New Residential Resort Project in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

a penthouse with lush foliage and water view

Developer Grace Bay Resorts has another new project in Turks and Caicos: The Point, a highly-anticipated residential resort that will be set on the island’s famous Grace Bay Beach.   And the new Turks and Caicos development is already nearing […]


Why to Visit Nassau and Paradise Island in The Bahamas Right Now

walking on the beach in nassau

Just take a short stroll around downtown Nassau and you see it. On one corner, a sparkling new Margaritaville-branded resort anchoring a new mixed-use development. A few steps away, a cutting-edge gallery by one of The Bahamas’ greatest artists. Just […]


SUBSCRIBE!

Sign up for Caribbean Journal's free newsletter for a daily dose of beaches, hotels, rum and the best Caribbean travel information on the net.


No. Thank You