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Kittitian Student Wins 2007 CTO Travel & Leisure Youth Congress

Kittitian Student Wins 2007 CTO Travel & Leisure Youth Congress ( For the second time in the last five competitions, a student from St. Kitts has won the CTO/Travel&Leisure Youth Congress, organised by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO).
Emerald Williams,15, of the Basseterre High School out performed 16 other Caribbean “Junior Minister of Tourism” to emerge winner of the debate at the 30th Annual Caribbean Tourism Conference (CTC-30) here on Wednesday. Myfanwy Leggatt of the Cayman Brac High School in the Cayman Islands placed second and Rashad Rolle, a student of the Doris Johnson Secondary School in the Bahamas was third.
“I’m just very happy, practically overwhelmed. I worked very hard and I’m pleased that I was able to bring it home for my country,” an excited Williams said after the announcement. “I look forward to getting more youth to understand what tourism is all about and bringing them into the industry.”
The 17 high school students, representing their respective countries as “Junior Ministers of Tourism” at the Youth Congress, were challenged to discuss health and wellness tourism and to suggest ways to increase intra-regional travel. They also debated a “mystery topic” which focused on what they learnt at CTC-30.
“I definitely learnt that we have to come together as one Caribbean to fight our challenges,” Williams said told the forum which simulates a meeting of the CTO Board of Directors.
Williams won US$1000 for her school and US$500 for herself. Leggatt won US$300 and Rolle, US$200. Each student also received a laptop computer.
Williams is a close friend of Nisharma Rattan-Mack, the Kittitian student who emerged as the top Junior Minister of Tourism in 2003.
Last year’s winner Blake Sonnenfeld of Bermuda chaired this year’s event, which is sponsored by Travel&Leisure, with support from the Naismith Basketball Foundation and Air Jamaica.

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The Caribbean Tourism Organization

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 over 30 governments and a myriad of private sector entities.

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, information technology and sustainable tourism development. The CTO disseminates information on behalf of its member governments to consumers and the travel trade.

The CTO’s New York office is located at 80 Broad Street, 32nd Floor, New York, NY 10004, USA; Tel: (212) 635-9530; Fax: (212) 635-9511; E-mail: href=""> CTO’s London office is located at 22 The Quadrant, Richmond, Surrey TW9 1BP, England. Tel: 011 44 208 948 0057; Fax: 011 44 208 948 0067; E-mail: href="">; CTO Canada is located at 2 Bloor Street West, Suite 2601, Toronto, Ontario M4W 3E2, Canada. Tel: (416) 935 0767; Fax: (416) 935 0939. E-mail href=""> CTO Headquarters is located at One Financial Place, Collymore Rock, St. Michael, Barbados; Tel: (246) 427-5242; Fax: (246) 429-3065; E-mail: href=""> For more information, please visit or

Contact: Johnson JohnRose, CTO Tel: (246) 427-5242 E-mail: Contact: Andrew Wilson/Katie McCall/Terence Gallagher Lou Hammond & Associates Tel: (212) 308-8880 E-mail:;

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