Tourism And Hospitality Expo Staged Here
The Methodist Church Hall came alive when the 2nd Annual Tourism and Hospitality Expo was opened last Friday, 4th October.
The Expo, part of the Tourism Month celebrations, was aimed at increasing tourism awareness, and encouraging individuals, especially students, to consider the tourism and hospitality industry as a career path.
At the Opening Ceremony, Communications Manager, Ministry of Tourism, Sports and Culture - Ms. Jay Belmar told those gathered that it was quite possible that those persons, whose displays they will be looking at, may very well be their employers in the future. "Pay careful attention,” she urged, "ask many questions.”
Among the exhibitors were: entities which promote and maintain attractions ions like the National Parks, Rivers and Beaches Authority and the Ministry of Tourism; those offering accommodation - Grenadines House, Hotel Alexandrina, Beachcombers and French Verandah; those who make the destination accessible including the Immigration Department, Going Places Travel/Sun General, Mustique Airways and SVG Air; and those who provided amenities, especially in hospitality, fashion, spas, cosmetics, jewelry, and sporting equipment events.
The University of the West Indies’ presence facilitated the provision of information for students wishing to better their understanding of procedures for furthering their education.
The Tourism and Hospitality Expo formed part of Tourism Month which is celebrated throughout the region during the month of November.
The day’s programme also included the distribution of awards in The Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Children’s Environmental Poster and Essay Competitions, conducted at the national and regional levels. Twelve countries participated in this year’s competition.
In the Poster Competition, Otisha Nichols of the Girls’ High School, placed second in the senior division, and received a cash scholarship of US$1,500 for reaching the finals of the regional contest. The St. Vincent Girls’ High School, also received a monetary award of US$1,500. Jeshuan St. Hilaire of the St. Mary’s Roman Catholic School, a participant in the junior division, received US$200 for reaching the final round of the contest.
In the Essay Competition, Joelle Campbell of the Spring Village Methodist School and Kyle Da Silva of the Mountain View Adventist Academy were awarded for reaching the final round in the Junior and Senior categories respectively. Both received cash rewards of US$200 for their efforts.
The Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Children’s Environmental Poster and Essay Competitions are annual contests which seek to promote and stimulate tourism awareness among Caribbean students. It is coordinated by the Communications Unit in the Ministry of Tourism, Sports and Culture in collaboration with the FCCA.
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