Bocage Secondary School in Castries, St Lucia, has won the first Treasure St Lucia trade show competition, run by Sandals Resorts International and the St Lucia Tourist Board.
The school beat nine others to claim the EC$5,000 prize (1,800 US dollars or 1,000 pounds sterling), awarded at a ceremony at the Sandals Halcyon in St Lucia.
Treasure St Lucia aims to encourage school children to be more aware of the importance of tourism to the island. Pupils from 10 schools each designed a display booth which was exhibited at a travel trade style show, where judges from the hotel and tourism industry selected the best in several categories.
Speaking at the prize giving ceremony, Lennox Dupal, General Manager of the Sandals Halcyon in St Lucia, said:
Treasure St Lucia has more than met its objectives, and marks the beginning of an ongoing campaign by Sandals to get more young St Lucians involved in the tourism industry.
The second prize in the competition went to Vide Boutielle Secondary School and third to Micoud Secondary School. In addition, St Mary’s College was awarded the prize for showing the most knowledge about St Lucia, while Vieux Fort Comprehensive won the award for the best-presented booth. Total prize money was EC$10,000 (3,600 USD or 2,000 pounds sterling).