Published on : Friday, March 30, 2018
Marsha Armstrong, the Programme Officer of the National Tourism Host Programme at the Barbados Tourism Product Authority (BTPA) said that it is very important that the youth is educated about Barbados. She stressed that a lot of young people do not have any experience of Barbados as a tourism destination.
According to Armstrong, “As coordinator for the competition for the past eleven years, I have truly found some great young people entering, Tourism is our Business and they too are aware of the importance of the industry to Barbados. Preparing for the competition we try to engage them about tourism, we give them a presentation about the sector, the career options. We supply the training and we have to expose them to the island because we have realised through the island tour young people don’t know the island. We believe that more needs to be done from primary school, every single child should know that Tourism is our number main foreign exchange earner, to some extent it is being taught within the Social Studies in Secondary School. However, the BTPA will be seeking to engage in a session with teachers and how they can incorporate Tourism in the syllabus. Every single Barbadian has to be involved in tourism thus the campaign “I am Tourism.”
Marsha Alleyne, Manager for Guest Experience, BTPA said, “We had a fantastic season last year and what we aim to do is improve continually, instead of just having the ‘speak off’, we added the island tour for the children. We also had we had an interview with every single student. We want the person who represents the Junior Minister not only to speak well but to carry the responsibility for the nation representing the youth on Tourism.”