‘Junior Minister’ 2008-2009, Jason Yearwood, (centre), poses with his trophy. Also pictured are Che Greenidge (right) who placed second and Neco Ifill who took third place.

A new “Junior Minister” of Tourism has been elected for the period 2008-2009.

Sixteen year-old Jason Yearwood of Queen’s College won the coveted title from a field of 14 students last Monday, July 7, at the Sherbourne Conference Centre.

Students from various secondary schools across the island came together in a simulated Cabinet meeting which was chaired by the 2007 “Junior Minister” Theo Jones, to share their views on “Climate Change and Tourism”. They also had to suggest two ideas or activities that would make Barbadians more aware of the impact of climate change on the tourism sector.

In addition, students were also given a “Mystery Tourism Topic” and allotted a maximum of two minutes to present it.

In addressing the participants, Tourism Minister, Richard Sealy, lauded the students for their involvement and told the young people “that whatever path you choose to embark upon, it is still connected to tourism”. The Minister also “saluted” them for looking at such a pertinent issue as climate change.

As part of his duties the new “Junior Minister”, will be given the opportunity to participate in relevant tourism activities such as the Annual Caribbean Tourism Organisation Youth Congress which will be held in October, this year.

Second place went to 14-year-old Che Greenidge of Harrison College and the third spot went to 15-year-old Neco Ifill of Combermere School.

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