The British Virgin Islands Tourism Board recently launched Youth Tourism Week by announcing the amalgamation of three competitions that are expected to boost youth participation in the local tourism industry.
As part of Tourism Week, juniors will compete in the BVI Junior Table Setting Competition (formerly the Janice Nibbs-Blyden National Table Setting Competition), the Young Tourism Ambassador Competition (formerly the Junior Minister of Tourism Speech Competition) and the British Virgin Islands Junior Chef Competition.
The BVI Tablescaping junior competition began over 24 years ago and this year will feature six highly qualified applicants paired with professional florists and event designers to compete for the grand prize.
Six table landscape contestants: J’Quela Callwood paired with Florist Blossom and Beyond Decor, Deshaun Dasilva paired with Bella Blooms and Contemporary Events, Trishell Dawson paired with Nadia So Simple Interior Design & Design, Rahim. Hodge is paired with Creative Creations and DD&S Exotic Creations, Beyoncé Moore is paired with Stems and Luxe, and Michaela Potter is paired with Floral Expressions and Décor At One Stop Mall.
At the end of the competition, the winner will be awarded the Bamboo Pottery Trophy and a $2,500 cash prize. This year the competition will be held at the Government House on June 12, tickets cost $50.
Junior Tourism Ambassador
Meanwhile, the young tourism ambassador, in his eleventh year, will see six students from six different schools compete in a public speaking competition. Participants will choose one of three topics: “Agriculture in Tourism (agritourism)”, “Experiential Tourism” and “Community Based Tourism” and give a three-minute speech. In addition, they will have a security question for which they will have one minute to prepare a one-minute answer.
The competition will feature Desha Skelton of Elmore Stoutt High School, K’lawney Williams of Cedar International School, Khemoe Foy Jr. of Seventh-day Adventist School, Shoudin Manning of Bregado Flax Educational Center, Teagan Bishop of Siboney Center of Excellence, and Angellyn Cupid of The Virgin Islands Technical School is vying for the opportunity to represent the Territory at the Regional Youth Tourism Convention, which will be held in the Cayman Islands on September 15th.
The public speaking competition will take place at the Eileen Parsons Auditorium at 2:00 pm on June 14, with the entry fee being a canned item as a donation to the Family Support Network, and a live performance will take place on June 17 at Queen Elizabeth Grand Park. .
Scramble of Junior Chefs
At this year’s BVI Junior Chef Showdown, in its eighth edition, six junior chefs will compete for the title of BVI Junior Chef Showdown. Tea…