Marika Baptiste takes second place for SVG at the Regional Youth Tourism Congress

Malika Baptiste, a student from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Community College (SVGCC) took second place at the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Regional Youth Congress 2022 in the Cayman Islands on Thursday, September 15.

Baptiste, 17, represented Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), a multi-island destination as this year’s Deputy Minister of Tourism.

She faced 10 “impressive and remarkable” young ministers and commissioners across the region, according to a statement from the Ministry of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Sustainable Development and Culture.

Baptiste made a captivating presentation on the subject related to agriculture in tourism (agro-tourism):

“Providing locally produced food to luxury hotels and cruise ships benefits both the tourism industry and the agricultural sector…”

In his presentation, Baptiste identified two possible challenges to pursuing this strategy and recommended two feasible solutions as a viable option for the 32 Islands and Cayes.

J’nae Brathwaite, the junior minister of Tobago placed first among the 11 competitors.

Baptiste will serve as Deputy Minister for one year. In this capacity, she is expected to implement a tourism project in her school or community and play a vital role in the development of the tourism and hospitality industry.

Marika with her guide Annille Beache, Tourism Education Officer at the Ministry of Tourism

Communications Manager and National Coordinator, Jewelene Charles-Scott, in her congratulatory remarks, expressed, “We are proud of Marika for her superb presentation and representation of the destination at the convention. The ministry is always happy to invest in the young people of this country and will continue to provide opportunities so that they too can contribute to the development of the tourism and hospitality industry.”

Annille Beache, Responsible for Tourism Education at the Ministry of Tourism, et al. was this year’s chaperone.