If you were a cruise passenger what would you want to see and do in your destination?
This is the topic that students are asked to write on for the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) 2016 essay competition.
The Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) is asking interested persons to send in their entries for a chance to win fantastic prizes.
Entries are also invited for the poster competition, which should encapsulate the theme: “Reuse, recycle and renew the Caribbean.”
The competition provides students with an opportunity to focus on the environment, what is being done to the environment, how the resources are being taken care of etcetera.
These competitions, which are held annually by the FCCA, gives young persons the opportunity to really focus on day-to-day events that happen in their country and which brings money into the economy.
According to GTA’s Manager of Nautical Development, Nekoyan Roberts, the FCCA competitions provide an opportunity for the local body to look at “the things that are most important to us, the attraction sites, whether they have a historical focus, a cultural focus, whether it’s just a beautifully breathtaking place, whether it’s something that focuses on eco-tourism.”
The GTA, she said, is working with the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development in getting the information to all of the schools in Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique.
Roberts said there are two different divisions that students can choose from to enter the competition.
“The junior division, we are inviting entries from children 12 years and under. Contestants should not have passed their 13th birthday by June first and for the senior entries we are inviting children between 13 to 16 years of age, entrants must not have passed their 17th birthday by June 1st. We are asking that teachers in the different schools work with these students to ensure that they bring forward their best work,” she said.
The essay competition must be written in English and has a limit of 500 words while the poster competition must depict at least three ways in which the destination can make a difference in preserving the environment with either text or art.
Prizes for the juniors and seniors in the poster competition and also in the essay competition are as follows: In the Junior division the winning student will receive US $3000 together with the school, second place will receive US $1500 together with the school and the third place will receive US $1000 along with the school.
Entries are due by May 20th, and can be delivered at the GTA office at Burns Point, St George and Hillsborough in Carriacou.