Ms. Marika Baptiste, a student at St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College, placed second at the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Regional Youth Congress 2022.
Ms. Baptiste represented the multi-island destination, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines as this year’s Deputy Minister of Tourism.
The young Minister of Tourism, Marika Baptiste, faced ten (10) impressive and outstanding young Ministers and Commissioners from across the region.
Marika Baptiste gave 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…” Ms. Ena Harvey, Representative, Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA).
In her presentation, she identified two (2) possible challenges to pursuing this strategy and recommended two (2) feasible solutions as viable options for the 32 Islands and Cayes.
Baptiste will exercise the role of Minister Delegate for one (1) 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.
Communications Officer and National Coordinator, Ms. Jewelene Charles-Scott, in her congratulatory remarks, expressed, “We are proud of Marika for her superb presentation and representation of the destination at the congress. 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.”
Ms. Annille Beache, head of tourism education at the Ministry of Tourism, was the guide this year. The CTO Regional Tourism Youth Congress, held in the Cayman Islands on September 15, 2022.