Justyce Rivers of Grace Christian Academy is Cayman’s Tourism Ambassador for 2015-2016 after winning this year’s Tourism Speak-Off.
She was among four contestants chosen to take part in the Speak-Off, based on previously written essay submissions. The Tourism Speak-Off program seeks to encourage tourism awareness among high school students.
Shauntol Hylton of John Gray High School was runner-up in the competition.
The Tourism Ministry and Department of Tourism hosted the Tourism Speak-Off with the support of the Cayman Islands Tourism Association late last month at the Westin resort.
The previous year’s winner Katherine Tatum was the emcee, and judges included CITA Executive Director Tiffany Dixon-Ebanks; the director of the School of Hospitality Studies at the University College of the Cayman Islands, Wayne Jackson; and the deputy director of tourism product development at the Department of Tourism, Gail Henry.
Debate topics included the concept of “Voluntourism” and film-induced tourism.
As part of Ms. Rivers’s prize and as part of her new duties as tourism ambassador, she will attend the Tourism Stingray Awards and other tourism-related events, including January’s Taste of Cayman.
Her prize also included $1,000. The second prize winner received $500.