Second Tourism Youth Congress

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), in collaboration with Travel + Leisure magazine, is pleased to announce that it will host the second Tourism Youth Congress, scheduled to take place during the 25th Annual Caribbean Tourism Conference (CTC 25) at Our Lucaya Hotel, Grand Bahama Island, the Bahamas, from October 28-31, 2002.
This year, 18 young persons between the ages of 14 and 17 from across the Caribbean will participate in the Youth Congress, a specially orchestrated conference event that provides an opportunity for Caribbean students to “think, talk and experience” Caribbean tourism over a concentrated period of time, thereby heightening their awareness of the challenges and opportunities involved in this dynamic tourism sector.
“Travel + Leisure magazine is proud to be associated with this important programme designed to educate today’s youth about the opportunities and challenges of the tourism industry,” says Ellen Asmodeo-Giglio, VP/Publisher of Travel + Leisure. “The Caribbean Tourism Organization is a great partner to Travel + Leisure, as we continue to embrace travel and promote tourism in the years ahead.”
The Youth Congress takes place on October 30th when the students get the opportunity to showcase their knowledge of tourism by participating in a simulated meeting fashioned after a CTO Board of Directors’ meeting.
At the Congress, the students will discuss topical tourism issues and make specific recommendations as high-level policy and decision makers in tourism.  Their discussions and recommendations will be shared with an audience of Ministers of Tourism and other senior tourism practitioners from the private and public sector who will be in attendance at the event.
While in Grand Bahama, the students will also participate in other conference sessions, share information about their countries as tourism destinations, discuss careers in tourism and get to experience some of the tourism sites and attractions.
The Bahamas encompasses 700 Islands and Cays stretching over 100,000 nautical square miles and offers some of the finest beaches in the world, excellent dining, snorkeling facilities, duty free shopping, interchangeable currency and an international standard of accommodation.  It is the closest Caribbean destination to the USA and offers travelers the convenience of US immigration and customs pre-clearance from Nassau and Grand Bahama International Airports and the free exchange between the Bahamian dollar and the US dollar.
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The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), with headquarters in Barbados and marketing operations in New York, London and Toronto, is the Caribbean`s tourism development agency and comprises membership of 32 governments and a myriad of private sector companies.
The CTO`s mission is to provide to and through its members, the services and information needed for the development of sustainable tourism for the economic and social benefit of the Caribbean people. The organization provides specialized support and technical assistance to member countries in the areas of marketing, human resource development, research and statistics and sustainable development.
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