Tourism Speak Off is a fantastic opportunity for Cayman’s youth between the ages of 14 and 17 to debate on tourism issues.
The students develop in-depth knowledge of tourism issues that impact our businesses locally, regionally and globally.
The speak off is a Cayman Islands Department of Tourism-led initiative, which strives annually to involve more of Cayman’s youth in the Islands’ tourism. Amy Farrington, a student at Grace Christian Academy, won first prize and is now tourism ambassador for 12 months.
Cayman Islands Premier McKeeva Bush offered his congratulations to the 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 Amy Farrington all the very best over the course of the next year, as she represents herself and her school as our young tourism ambassador.”
The event took place on Thursday, 27 September at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort. The trophy was presented by Dalton Watler from the Ministry of Tourism. Miss Cayman Lindsay Japal was also a judge for the debate. Jane van der Bol, executive director of the Cayman Islands Tourism Association, presented a $500 scholarship to the winner.
The winner presented and debated clearly on tourism topics, such as sporting initiatives and how social media can better promote the Cayman Islands.
Three other students – Sydonie Barrett from St. Ignatius High, Ashley Christian from Grace Christian Academy and Lianne Watler, representing Cayman Prep High school – participated in the finals. Shomari Scott, director of tourism, said that this year’s event had attracted the highest number of entries to date.
“This suggests that our students are keenly interested in the subject and in the opportunities that this programme presents. I offer my congratulations to the winner and all the finalists and hope that this will mark the beginning of their continued interest in tourism,” Mr. Scott said.