GIS – Junior Tourism Minister Rohan Alfred is lauding the benefits of the Tourism Public Speaking competition.
Alfred, who emerged the winner of the 2014 Tourism Public Speaking Competition, said that young people must channel their energies into worthwhile ventures in order to develop their talents and curb delinquent behavior.
“I believe if you want to cut back on the level of crime and violence and all that’s leveled at young men in Saint Lucia, you really need to from an early age discover what they are good at and allow them to harness that skill. Really go into what they love.”
Alfred says during his term in office, he plans mobilize young people to get them more involved in the tourism industry.
Tourism Officer, Sharon Charles said that the event gives young people an avenue to express their views on the island’s tourism sector.
“It is an avenue for our young persons to bring forth their ideas on the industry and possibly give recommendations where suitable in terms of the growth of the industry. We try our best to engage as many secondary schools as possible via correspondence and we invite them to take part in the competition.”
The Ministry is concerned that participation has diminished over the years, and is encouraging youth input via the competition.