In an effort to heighten awareness and encourage young people to embrace tourism despite the economic downturn, the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) is targeting local primary and secondary school students to participate in its essay contest.

The competition will be conducted in two categories, with Junior and Senior Divisions.  Participants for the junior division must be 12 years and under, (contestants may not have passed their 13th birthday by September 26, 2009′, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, NULL, NULL, 0); while, in the senior division contestants should be between 13 to 16 years, (contestants may not have passed their 17th birthday by September 26, 2009).

Each student must submit one essay written in English, of approximately 300 to 500 words in length, on the topic: During This Global Economy Turndown, What Can A Destination, Which Lives On Tourism Do To Persuade More Ships To Come To Their Destination?”[As worded by the FCCA]

Essays will be judged on the following criteria: content/subject, creativity, style/ structure and grammar.

Entries must be accompanied by the following information: name of country, name of student, address of student, student’s date of birth, student’s home telephone number, name of school, address of school, name of school principal and school telephone number.

The FCCA will award cash scholarships to the first, second and third place winners from the two age categories. In the junior and senior divisions US$3,000, $1,500 and $1,000 would be awarded, respectively.  The respective schools will also be awarded similarly.

In addition, the two first place winners, (one from each age category) will be invited to read their essays and accept their prizes at the FCCA Caribbean Cruise Conference in St. Lucia from October 26 to 30, 2009. All travel expenses for each winner and one chaperone will be paid for by the FCCA.

To reward students for their efforts, all finalists (except first, second and third place winners in each category) submitted by their countries will receive US $200.00.

Further information regarding the contest may be obtained from Marsha Armstrong at the Ministry of Tourism, at 430-7500.

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