A class three pupil of the West Terrace Primary School has captured the top prize in the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association Essay Competition.
Jaden Dowridge emerged the winner in the primary division of the competition with his essay which covered elements of Barbadian life, green monkeys, national dishes and tourist attractions.
At an awards ceremony held Friday at the St James institution, Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy praised Dowridge for his efforts and presented a cash prize to Principal Beverley Burrows.
“I want to of course congratulate Jaden for his work not only for sharing it with us this morning, his success in winning a competition that draws students from across the Caribbean and parts of Central America as well. His essay was deemed the best in the entire region, and I think Jaden you have done us very proud,” he said.
“I read your piece and I was taken aback by how in a single essay you were able to capture so much of what we have been pushing as an island destination,” Sealy added.
Speaking with members of the media following the presentation, the Tourism Minister noted that the country has seen an increase of six per cent in its long stay arrivals.
“What I was saying here today, is that we are trending in the vicinity of six per cent over last year. We had 632,000 people last year that was a record, so I think it is safe to say that we will finish out the year ahead of last year and that will be the third consecutive year that we have made a record,” Sealy said. (LG)