Sustainable Tourism Through Youth Involvement

In achieving its mandate to develop Trinidad and Tobago's tourism industry into realizing its full potential in promoting economic activity, the Ministry of Tourism has an obligations to increase tourism awareness and education. The Ministry is hosting two programs geared toward the young people of Trinidad and Tobago; a Tourism Youth Symposium and a Junior Minister of Tourism Competition.

Students from Secondary Schools across Trinidad will join their peers, tourism practitioners and youth entrepreneurs at the first ever Tourism Youth Symposium. The symposium will be held at the Hyatt Regency, Port of Spain on Tuesday July 04, 2017.

The UNWTO has declared 2017 ‘International Year of Sustainable Tourism Development’. In keeping with the UNWTO’s theme the Tourism Youth Symposium is titled ‘Sustainable Tourism Through Youth Involvement’ and seeks to:

  1. Position tourism as a viable option for future sustainable careers and professional growth
  2. Educate students on the benefits of Tourism to the economy 
  3. Provide the opportunity for students to interact with industry professionals 

At the symposium students will participate in panel discussions and roundtable deliberations on various topics relevant to sustainable development of tourism in Trinidad and Tobago. The topics being addressed at the symposium are highlighted in the Youth Symposium Agenda.

Schools wishing to participate in the symposium should submit the names of two (2) to ten (10) students and a teacher chaperone no later than Friday June 23, 2017. Names should be submitted via email to

Contact 624-1403 ext 275/220 for further information. 

The 2017 Junior Minister of Tourism Competition will be held on Wednesday July 12, 2017 at the Government Plaza Auditorium, Port of Spain.

This competition will take the form of a speech contest, where students will present their ideas on Caribbean tourism and by extension, strengthening of the tourism sector in Trinidad and Tobago.

The competition is targeted to youth between the ages of 14 and 17 years, who would like an opportunity to express their ideas about tourism development, and who are outgoing and have an interest in public speaking. Participants will be expected to research and present one (1) of three (3) topics which will be discussed at the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s Youth Congress. 

The winner of the Junior Minister of Tourism competition will earn the title of “Junior Minister of Tourism” for one year and will represent Trinidad and Tobago at the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s Tourism Youth Congress, October 2017 in Grenada.

This year’s topics will address:

  • 2017 - INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF SUSTAINABLE TOURISM DEVELOPMENT – Tourism’s contribution to building a better world
  • SIGNATURE TOURISM PRODUCTS – Strengthening the image of your destination
  • ADVENTURE TOURISM – Cultural and natural discovery through physically active and exciting activities

Click here to download the Junior Minister of Tourism Parental Consent Form

Click here to download the Junior Minister of Tourism Registration Form 

Contact 624-1403 ext 275/220 for further information. 

Tobago Students- Please submit your applications to the Tobago House of Assembly, Division of Tourism, Culture and Transportation. 
For further information call 639-2125 ext 2212, 2213 or 2214


  • Students must be between the ages of 14 and 17 to be eligible for participation in the Junior Minister of Tourism competition. Students should not have passed their seventeenth (17th) birthday by August 1, 2017    
  • Parents or guardians are required to give permission for students to participate in the Junior Minister of Tourism Competition. (The JMT Parental Consent Form should be submitted along with the JMT Registration Form)
  • The Ministry of Tourism will not consider any registration form that is not accompanied by a signed parental consent form
  • Round 1 Pre-screening:
    • Each student will must submit a video of themselves—no longer than one (1) minute in length. In the video recording the student must:
      1. State why they should be chosen as the Junior Minister of Tourism for Trinidad and Tobago
      2. Highlight how they will use the title of Junior Minister of Tourism to increase awareness about tourism among young persons
    • Videos must be submitted via email ( to the Ministry of Tourism by Wednesday June 21, 2017 at 3:00pm
    • The Ministry of Tourism’s selection committee will choose the ten (10) best student submissions to move on to Round 2
  • Round 2 Speech Competition:
    • The ten (10) students who have been successful in Round 1 will be provided with three (3) tourism topics from which they must choose one to research and prepare a speech
    • On the day of the speech competition each student will be given three (3) minutes to present their tourism topic
    • Speeches must be accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation
    • Students are expected to research their chosen topic thoroughly. Officers of the Ministry of Tourism are available to aid students with research and provide support
    • Students are prohibited from expressing their political views during the speech competition

Students will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Presentation and delivery; confidence, vocal projection and pronunciation  
  • Relevance of content; research and preparation of material 
  • Speech construction; organization of speech and development of main points    

Contact 624-1403 ext 275/220 for further information. 

  • Preservation of an invaluable historical and cultural heritage and legacy
  • Capturing and safeguarding of critical research data and information
  • Showcasing of an economic and social culture that shaped our history and our people
  • Reproduction of this historical legacy into a living legacy
  • Addition of a new tourism product for the benefit of both local and international visitors
  • Provision of a new and exciting recreational space for the local population
  • Generation of sustainable employment and incomes>
  • Generation of civic and national pride 

Click here to download the Junior Minister of Tourism Parental Consent Form

Click here to download the Junior Minister of Tourism Registration Form 

The Tourism Youth Congress is structured to mirror a CTO Board of Directors’ Meeting.  Students must come prepared to share their knowledge and views with their fellow Junior Ministers/Commissioners of Tourism on one prepared topic.  It is not a debating competition; it is a discussion among the Junior Ministers/Commissioners, which generates practical ideas that can be implemented at the national/regional levels. Tourism Youth Congress participants will also be asked to address a “mystery” topic.

Students are encouraged to use several approaches in the research and preparation of their topics:

  • Ministries of Tourism/Tourism Authorities - Reach out to representatives at your local tourism office and they will assist you by providing: 
    • Guidance in your approach to the topics
    • Tourism resources to aid in your research of the topics
    • General assistance in your preparation for the event
  • Legitimate/Official online tourism publications and websites – Gather information from credible sources
  • Social Media – Expand your research options by using effective social media to engage your contacts in discussion about the topics

Students are also required to address a mystery topic.  Three (3) mystery topics will be put forward.  Each student is expected to randomly select a topic from a box containing the three mystery topics.

Time allotment:

  • Prepared topic –each student will be given three (3) minutes to express his/her ideas on the chosen topic
  • Mystery topic –each student will be given one (1) minute to make notes and prepare his/her response and then given one (1) minute to respond  

Audio Visual:
Students are required to use audio visual aids to enhance/reinforce their ideas being put forward for the prepared topic.   The audio-visual aid must be designed, developed and produced by the student. It cannot take the place of the spoken presentation/delivery but instead must complement and enrich the presentation and must be within the allotted three (3) minutes.

Judging Criteria:
Participants in the Tourism Youth Congress will be judged base on the following criteria:

  • Knowledge of subject area
  • Level of preparedness
  • Presentation Skills
  • Relevant Content
  • Appropriate use of audio-visual aids 

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