The Alliance member, Regional Tourism Organization of Southern Africa (RETOSA) is pleased to announce the opening of the 2013 Youth in Tourism Essay Competition in order to raise tourism awareness among the youth.
“We are strategically targeting children in primary and secondary schools with the hope that our efforts in trying to make Tourism an integral part of their school curricular will be realised,” said Regional Tourism Organisation of Southern Africa, Acting Executive Director, Simba Mandinyenya.
With the competition essay themed ‘Turning Southern Africa into a Competitive and Green Tourism Destination’, Mandinyenya explained that they desire to engage and expose the youth to critical tourism issues and get them involved in national and regional tourism at a tender age as it would be easier for them to take over the reigns as they are the leaders of tomorrow.
“Africa receives 3 percent of the tourism receipts in the world and it also gets 5 percent of arrivals. Of these, Southern Africa only receives 2 percent of both, yet the region has; if put together, arguably the best tourism resource base in the world. In this respect RETOSA believes it is strategic for the youth to become a driving force in tourism development at national and regional level so that the region grows its share of the global tourism cake,” he said.
Most significant is the ideal fact that the two winners of the essay competition from both primary and secondary school level will be named Junior Ministers. Winners from both levels will be announced during the first week of September 2013 and will be invited to come and present their essays at the Youth in Tourism Regional Conference to be held in Malawi in October 2013. The conference will be sponsored by the Government of Malawi; particularly the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Culture and the Japan International Cooperation Agency. The winning secondary level Junior Tourism Minister will subsequently represent the region at the global Junior Tourism Ministers Competition, whose dates will be announced in the future.
Entrants of the competition are expected to post their submissions by 15 September 2013 and judges will announce the winners in September 2013 while RETOSA will present its winners at the Youth in Tourism Conference on 23-24 October 2013, in Malawi.
RETOSA calls upon all the youth in tourism in Southern Africa to come in their numbers to participate and input into the regional agenda on tourism development in Southern Africa with specific focus on how the youth can play a meaningful role in tourism development in the region.
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