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TTC Special. Tourism: The Caribbean open the youth gate

TTC Special. Tourism: The Caribbean open the youth gate

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By Frank Martin

TTC Service. -The Caribbean tourism industry seems to have embarked on a new path that looks into the eyes of the future.

A meeting of students in Antigua and Barbuda, aged between 14 and 17, were protagonists of this event that analyzed crucial aspects of tourism in the region in the near future.

The most important moment of the meeting was the Caribbean Youth Congress that closed three days of exchanges between young people from 14 countries of the Caribbean Tourism Organization and representatives of governments, businessmen and specialists.

The central idea of this meeting was to listen to the younger criteria on tourism policies in the Caribbean.

Those who direct and organize Caribbean tourism have the opportunity to take the pulse of very new criteria around an industry that generates most of the region’s income.

For the specialists, they explained, it was a unique opportunity to hear new answers about the problems facing Caribbean tourism.

They were addressed as the so-called smart trips, the excellence of services and issues as complicated as climate change, its signals in the area and the competitive relationships between the tourist sectors of the islands.

The official strategies followed in the leisure industry, the advances and application of technologies and the so-called digital revolution were presented by government executives.

Also issues that crucially interest students in the area such as what awaits them in terms of jobs in the tourism industry.

In that sense, a report by the Overseas Development Institute entitled “Jobs for the future” predicted that available jobs will change based on the use of technology and digital media.

The so-called Millennials and even the even younger Generation Z, according to nomenclatures widely used in the industry are a Caribbean hope.

They constitute a broad workforce of the immediate future.

An idea that has also taken shape in the Caribbean is the contribution of schoolchildren to tourism activity and the use of free time as an instrument of their human and professional training.

Vacation periods even in regional universities are linked to the development of the main destinations through the practice of tourism.