BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Sep 13, 2022 – Sandals Barbados Resort & Spa and the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism (CIDOT) are sponsoring prizes for the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s (CTO) 18th Tourism Youth Congress taking place in the Cayman Islands on Thursday.
Eleven countries are participating in the Youth Congress as part of the CTO Business Meetings and International Air Transport Association (IATA) Caribbean Aviation Day Event taking place from September 12-15 hosted by the Cayman Islands Ministry and Department of Tourism.
The Youth Congress brings together participants from across the Caribbean region to compete through public speaking by presenting on one of three prepared topics as well as a mystery question. The winner will be chosen by a panel of judges made up of delegates from the CTO Business meetings.
Sandals Barbados Resort & Spa and the Cayman Islands have generously sponsored the awards for the top three prize winners in this year’s event, being staged for the first time since 2019 following a two-year break due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The CTO praised the partnership with both Sandals Barbados Resort & Spa and the Cayman Islands noting their support was integral to the successful staging of the Youth Congress.
“The CTO welcomes Sandals Barbados Resort & Spa and the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism on board for this year’s Tourism Youth Congress and we are excited by their decision to align themselves with the event,” said Sharon Banfield-Bovell, CTO’s Director of Resource Mobilization and Development.
“The Tourism Youth Congress serves as one of CTO’s key development initiatives and therefore, the support of Sandals and Cayman Islands Department of Tourism is not only a significant fillip for the event itself but a signal of their commitment to the growth and advancement of young people across the region.”
The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism supports strategic planning and general destination management for the Cayman Islands’ tourism industry.
“The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism is honoured to sponsor events like the Caribbean Youth Congress where future leaders have an opportunity to make their voices heard and invoke thoughts on critical tourism and transit topics,” said Mrs. Rosa Harris, Director of Tourism.
“We look forward to welcoming the delegates to our beautiful islands.”
Sandals Barbados Resort & Spa is a major player in the tourism sector and has successfully established a strong regional and global footprint through its delivery of high quality accommodation experiences.
The hotel chain has been named the Caribbean’s Leading Hotel Brand at the World Travel Awards for 18 years in a row and it is this excellence which Sandals will bring to its partnership with the Tourism Youth Congress.
Mr. Carl Beviere, Managing Director of Sandals Barbados, Sandals Royal Barbados and Sandals Antigua called the partnership a win for tourism in the region and a great learning opportunity for young hospitality professionals.
“We at Sandals Resorts International are proud to be a sponsor of this prestigious event. The CTO’s Youth Congress aligns with our own objective to provide opportunities for our young Caribbean nationals to shine on a regional platform, as well as to inspire their dreams and ambitions,” said Beviere.
Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, The Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Jamaica, Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Tobago and Turks and Caicos will join the hosts Cayman Islands for the Youth Congress.
Participants are between the ages of 14-17 and assume the role of Junior Ministers of Tourism, representing their respective CTO member country.
About the Caribbean Tourism Organization
The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), which is headquartered in Barbados, is the Caribbean’s tourism development agency comprising membership of the region’s finest countries and territories including Dutch, English, French and Spanish-speaking, as well as a myriad of private sector allied members. The CTO’s vision is to position the Caribbean as the most desirable, year-round, warm weather destination, and its purpose is Leading Sustainable Tourism – One Sea, One Voice, One Caribbean. Among the benefits to its members the organisation provides specialised support and technical assistance in sustainable tourism development, marketing, communications, advocacy, human resource development, event planning & execution and research & information technology.
The CTO’s Headquarters is located at Baobab Tower, Warrens, St. Michael, Barbados BB 22026; Tel: (246) 427-5242; E-mail: CTObarbados@caribtourism.com. For more information on the Caribbean Tourism Organization, please visit www.OneCaribbean.org and follow CTO on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn to be part of the conversation.
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About the Cayman Islands
Located 480 miles south of Miami in the vibrant tranquillity of western Caribbean, this trio of tiny islands is a premier destination for discriminating travellers, divers, honeymooners and families. World renowned for its idyllic beaches and recognised as a sophisticated, diverse and memorable tourist destination, the Cayman Islands offers spectacular recreational opportunities along with warm, impeccable service. To learn more about the Cayman Islands, please go to visitcaymanIslands.com
About the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism
The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism (CIDOT) was established in 1974 and falls under the mandate of the Ministry of Tourism and Transport. This Ministry organises and directs the activities for many departments all of which have similar goals; to protect the environment, support the economy, promote the islands as a premier destination for visitors and to support local businesses.