Vital named junior minister of tourism

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Christ the King High School student Cassandra Vital has been named Antigua & Barbuda’s junior minister of Tourism 2011/2012.

The fifth former was selected from a group of six youth who participated in the Junior Minister of Tourism training programme with a view to represent the country at an upcoming Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) Youth Congress, a release from the Ministry of Tourism said.

The congress, which is structured to mirror a CTO Board of Directors’ meeting, will be a featured activity at the organisation’s first State of the Industry Conference to be held in St Martin, September 15 to 17.

“At a special event on Friday, September 2, all six young persons made three-minute presentations on their selected topic which they researched, and had one minute to respond to a common mystery question,” the release noted.  “Cassandra was one of two participants who made a presentation on how both locals and tourists can benefit from community tourism.”

The other themes covered in the presentations were ICT and its use in tourism development and regional tourism marketing.

Commenting on her success, Vital said she was thrilled, excited, and in awe at her success.

“I look forward to representing Antigua & Barbuda at the CTO Youth Congress in St Martin, where I will give of my very best and with all intentions to bring the title back home,” she said.

Second placed winner and junior shadow minister of tourism was Kesi Jones of the Antigua Girls’ High School.

The other participants were Aliah Ephraim and Justina Sappleton of the Antigua Girl’s High School, along with Dijon Browne of St Joseph’s Academy and 2011 Graduate of AGHS, Derry-Ann Adams.

Attractive prizes from industry stakeholders Curtain Bluff Resort, Carlisle Bay Resort, Halcyon Cove By Rex Resorts, Blue Waters Antigua, The Verandah Resort & Spa and A S Brydens,  were awarded to the participants.

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