Barbados Youth Development Council: “Tourism in the 21st Century – Challenges, Sustainability and the Role for Youth” 31st March 2012, Warrens #bydc #youth #tourism #forum #discussion

For some time there has been a call from BYDC members for the organisation to host a tourism related panel discussion. The suggestion was given further impetus when in last March, the council played host to a group of 30 students from leading American academic institution, Wellesley College.

The students participated in a joint service project entitled “Sisters Empowering Sisters” and contributed approximately $40,000 to our economy from their ten day visit. This was followed up by a regional youth seminar held in August in which close to $50,000 was secured from international donor agencies to host regional delegates as part of the BYDC’s Barbados Youth Festival.

It is from these two projects that the BYDC has recognized the small but important role youth groups can play in contributing to our tourism industry. By positioning Barbados as a hub for youth exchanges, youth projects, seminars and the like we can attract young people from across the world to our shores.

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The BYDC has recognised that there is need for greater education and awareness on the importance of tourism so that our youth can value it more. There are also emerging areas in tourism and niches which our young people can explore to add value to our tourism product and to create employment for themselves. The BYDC will therefore host a panel discussion entitled “Tourism in the 21st Century- Challenges, Sustainability and the Role for Youth”. The proposed discussion will be held at the National Housing Corporation’s Warrens Office Complex on Saturday March 31st, 2012 from 4:00 p.m until 7:30 p.m and is expected to attract approximately 60-70 persons including youth and other key players in the industry. For more information you may contact Jason Francis (BYDC President) at 240-4702 or via email at

The discussion will focus on the following areas:
1) The contribution of the Tourism sector to the development of Barbados.
2) The impact of the Air Passenger Duty (APD) and similar taxes on our industry and our economy.
3) The future of the Barbados’ Tourism industry – its sustainability and the role young people can play.

The objectives are therefore as follows:

  • To highlight the important contribution the tourism sector has made to our social and economic development.
  • To provide an open forum for debate and enlightenment about the impact of the APD and similar measures.
  • To sensitise youth about the emerging careers and opportunities within the tourism sector and the role they can play in ensuring the industry’s viability.

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