PRESS RELEASE- Digicel lent its support to the Ministry of Tourism, Heritage and Creative Industries in hosting the “National Tourism Public Speaking Competition” for 2014.
Eight finalists argued their points and Rohan Alfred from the St Mary’s College emerging victorious at that competition.
The Ministry of Tourism, Heritage and Creative Industries embarked on the contest as part of its tourism awareness and education initiatives, aimed at providing students with opportunities to express and argue their overall views on Saint Lucia’s vital tourism industry.
This year’s competition saw participants from the Piaye Secondary School (Ruth Noel, Shaniah Barley), the St Joseph’s Convent (Leeryk Delima, Cherish Mesmain, Camille Andrew) and the St Mary’s College (Yoerick Douglas, Rohan Alfred, Yohan Francis).
The National Tourism Public Speaking Competition, which took place on July 3, 2014 at the Royal St Lucian Hotel encompassed two rounds. For the first round, students were to clearly articulate their personal opinions on tourism policy and strategy as well as providing innovative and ideas on the way forward for the industry.
In the second round, all of the eight finalists answered a tourism-based surprise question for which they all had one minute to gather their thoughts and an additional one minute to respond.
Every student presented strong, well-articulated arguments, and all wanted to be the winner. In the end it was Alfred who was the winner.
He will serve as the Junior Minister for Tourism 2014-2015 and will ultimately represent Saint Lucia at the 2014 Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Youth Congress.
Flight and accommodation for the youth congress will be paid for by Digicel and an additional $1,000 cash prize.
“Public speaking is a powerful tool used for communication, motivation, influence, persuasion, informing and translation.
Giving the youth an avenue and opportunity to develop that skill as well as learning more about the St Lucian tourism industry through this competition was the reason for Digicel supporting”, commented Head of Marketing Leslie Collymore.
Digicel would like to once again congratulate Rohan Alfred on his stellar performance at this year’s National Youth Public Speaking competition and know he will do St Lucia proud at the regional competition.