Jaida Alexander has been named the new Tourism Ambassador after winning the 2011 Tourism Speak Off.
The contest was relaunched this year after three years off and pits students against each other in debate. Ms Alexander, who is a student of John Gray High School, will serve in her new role for one year. The contest is designed to encourage and reward tourism awareness among high school students and ensure they are educated about issues that affect the industry.
The other finalists were Sabrina Weber, Jenna Hydes and Ashley Christian, all of whom go to Grace Christian Academy.
In addition to being named Tourism Ambassador, Jaida received the winner’s trophy, a cheque for $1,000 from the Ministry and Department of Tourism and Cayman Islands Tourism Association and two airline tickets on Cayman Airways. As Tourism Ambassador, she will participate in special industry activities including the Department of Tourism events, the Tourism Stingray Awards and Tourism Exchange.
First runner-up was Ashley Christian, who also received a trophy and a cheque for $500 from the Ministry and Department of Tourism; second runner-up was Jenna Hydes, who received a trophy and a $100 voucher for Michael’s Genuine Restaurant at Camana Bay. The fourth finalist received a prize pack from the Department of Tourism. Judges for the competition were Miss Cayman Islands Lindsay Japal, Annick Jackman, events marketing representative at the Department of Tourism and Clive Baker from the Ministry of Education.
Premier McKeeva Bush offered congratulations and support to the winner and other finalists.
“It is so encouraging to see the interest and high standard of research, argument and presentation that these students have brought to this year’s Tourism Speak Off,” he said. “I heartily congratulate all of them for their efforts and in particular, thank their parents and teachers for encouraging and supporting them to take such an interest in tourism. I wish Jaida Alexander all the very best over the course of the next year, as she represents herself and her school as our young Tourism Ambassador.”