PHILIPSBURG - On March 11, 2015, Honorable Minister of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunications (Ministry TEATT) Claret Connor visited the Methodist Agogic Center (MAC), St. John’s Campus and spoke to the 3rd grade students of campus 1 & 2 about Tourism and how it affects their lives.
The visit is in keeping with the Ministry’s vision, which is to create greater awareness and understanding about the industry and the importance to the economy and by extension, the citizens of this country.
Minister Connor was very impressed with the knowledge the students have about Tourism, and how it contributes to the island. The students were very eager to answer questions posed by Minister Connor.
The Minister shared his beliefs in what Tourism being part of our everyday lives means to him. He reminded the students that even in their young age their knowledge and input in making tourism successful depends on them as well.
He encouraged the students that each of them has the key for our success as an island that lives primarily from tourism. That means that their attitude towards one another, to the parents and family at home, to their neighbourhoods and the communities must all be positive in order for the island to develop properly.
“I must commend the MAC for including Tourism in their curriculum, and providing the teachers and students, with the information about this very important industry.
“What better place to start, than with those who are expected to take up the baton in the near future. Tourism is indeed Every Body’s business,” Minister Claret Connor further stated.
Minister Connor reiterated to the students that the key elements they must have are positive attitudes; hard work in school; commitment to each other and our communities; respect and a spirit of conservation for our environment; and understanding the importance of our island culture.
Minister Connor concluded that the aforementioned key elements would guarantee a great visitor experience and will encourage persons to return for many more visits, as these qualities expressed the best in us.
The Minister presented a booklet on tourism and a goodie bag to the students & teachers. In return, the MAC form 3 students presented Minister Connor with a token of appreciation for visiting their school. It is the intention of the Minister, going forward, to visit the other schools in the coming weeks ahead. (Press Secretariat, Government of Sint Maarten Council of Ministers)