Turks & Caicos has claimed many victories in the past decade, and we can now add a new accomplishment to our ever-expanding list: winner of the Caribbean Youth Organization’s (CTO) Youth Congress.
On 4 October 2019, 14 junior ministers of tourism from around the Caribbean gathered in Antigua & Barbuda for the CTO’s annual Youth Congress, which concludes the organization’s 3-day annual meeting. The Youth Congress itself is a way to stimulate awareness and excitement about tourism among youth and help them envision the future direction of tourism in the Caribbean. The structure of the Youth Congress models a CTO Board of Directors’ meeting, discussing prominent topics in tourism. Students are presented with a topic beforehand to conduct research and attend the Youth Congress prepared to discuss their various ideas and strategies with their peers.
Participants were able to select one topic to speak on: ‘Towards Smart Travel Experiences within the Caribbean Region,’ ‘Equipping Our Youth to Thrive in a Changing Tourism Environment,’ and ‘Making Excellence a Habit in Caribbean Tourism.’
Danae Dennie, of the beautiful by nature Turks & Caicos Islands, surpassed her peers to become the 2019 CTO Youth Congress winner. Dennie’s presentation to the Youth Congress was on enhancing the Turks & Caicos Islands’ tourism services through a visitor satisfaction review app entitled “My Absolute Truth.”
Dennie hails from Grand Turk and is a student of the H.J. Robinson High School. In November 2018, Dennie became the Turks & Caicos Junior Minister of Tourism, rising to the top from among 7 participants in the annual Turks & Caicos Islands Youth Congress. Similar to the structure of the CTO Youth Congress, the participants were also presented with a theme to propose a new project around and a mystery question to answer.
Dennie will serve as Turks & Caicos Junior Minister of Tourism and CTO Winner for one year, with duties of launching two national programs in the Turks & Caicos Islands while in this position and being a national and regional ambassador for tourism among youth.
You can watch the CTO Youth Congress below