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Tourism Education Remains a Vital Part of the BVIs’ Tourism Product

Joyce Samuel School tourism presentation. Photo:supplied
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The success of our tourism product relies heavily on our future generations, and as such the BVI Tourist Board has been making an extensive effort to educate students throughout the Territory on tourism in the BVI.

To ensure the livelihood of this vital industry the BVI Tourist Board has partnered with the Ministry of Education and Culture to train, and educate students Territory-wide on various aspects of tourism. The tourism education programmes include School Tourism Presentations, Day-as-a-Tourist Programme, Work Shadow Programme, Youth Tourism Work Experience and School Tourism Competitions. 

The BVI Tourist Board has also integrated tourism education into their 2012 Tourism Month activities. During Tourism Month students will have the opportunity to demonstrate their table setting skills and personal designs on November 11th at the Janice Blyden Table Setting and Service Competition; their culinary skills at the Jr. Chef Challenge in Virgin Gorda; learn about the film industry in a three-day “Intro to Film Opportunities Workshop” from November 15th -17th; and test their knowledge on tourism in a fun game of Tourism Family Feud on November 24th.

“We at the BVI Tourist Board take tourism education very seriously. It is imperative that students are provided with the basic knowledge of their tourism product in order to foster a brighter future for tourism in the BVI,” said Mrs. Faye Smith-Penn, Quality Assurance Manager. “We strive to not only educate the students about tourism but to also provide an interactive and hands-on experience that the students can relate to. The students are also exposed to a wide range of tourism career opportunities in efforts to provide them with the tools needed to make an informed career choice in the area of tourism.”

Over the last three months great strides have been made to educate students about the tourism sector: presentations on tourism education were completed in all the primary and secondary schools throughout the Territory; the newly crowned Junior Minister of Tourism, Shea Alexander was able to attend and participate in the Caribbean Tourism Organisation's Youth Congress in St. Kitts; the BVI Tourist Board in collaboration with the Ministry of Education implemented tourism into the 2012/2013 secondary school’s curriculum. 

In a continued effort to engage students Territory-wide, the BVI Tourist Board has created an exciting line-up of tourism education activities slated for 2013. These include the Trash to Treasure Competition, FCCA Essay Competition, Tourism Work Experience, Junior Minister of Tourism, Tourism and Journalism Workshop, and a photography competition.

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