BASSETERRE: A Jamaican student, O’Brian Lewis, has won the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s (CTO) Tourism Youth Congress, held in St. Kitts as part of the State of the Industry Conference.
The CTO said Lewis, of Oberlin High School, put on an energetic performance to win the competition, comprised of exceptional students from CTO member countries. The competition mimics a meeting of the CTO Council of Ministers and Commissioners of Tourism.
Christopher Morgan of Harrison College in Barbados earned second-place honours. Kirano Jivani of Learning Unlimited Preparatory School in St. Maarten and Arean Louis of Majorie Basden High School in the Turks & Caicos Islands, tied for third.
During the event, 14 visionaries aged 14-17 presented several ideas on sports tourism, social media and celebrity endorsements.
Among the recommendations were an annual Nature Islands Games to attract visitors to Dominica, a high level tennis academy in Antigua and a museum in Jamaica to honour the country’s sporting heroes.
“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,” said Lewis, describing his proposed museum.
This year’s Youth Congress was held at the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) and was attended by Ministers, Commissioners and Directors of Tourism, senior tourism officials and 350 high school and tertiary level students from St. Kitts & Nevis.
It was chaired by last year’s winner, Kitwanie Carbon of Dominica.