Trinidad and Tobago student shines in the 2015 FCCA Foundation Children’s Essay Contest


PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad – On January 29, a team from the Tourism Development Company Ltd. (TDC) visited the San Juan Presbyterian Primary school to celebrate Trinidad and Tobago student, Michael Lashley for reaching the final round of the 2015 Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Foundation Children’s Essay Contest.

Designed to engage students from schools around the Caribbean and Latin America, the FCCA competition challenges students to submit essays on their destination while showcasing students’ knowledge of the cruise industry and its economic benefits. The 2015 Essay Competition invited students to write on the following topic: “How has the cruise industry improved my country?”

“The FCCA Foundation is a tangible mechanism for the cruise industry to fund humanitarian causes in the Caribbean and Latin America,” explains Greer Assam, Cruise Specialist at the TDC. “In its 21 years of existence, the Foundation has impacted hundreds of thousands of citizens by providing millions in funding to programs such as the FCCA Poster and Essay Competitions for Primary and Secondary Schools.”

Greer continues, “Since the competition’s inception, Trinidad and Tobago has won top honors in the FCCA Foundation Children’s Essay contest, which promotes and develops children’s creativity while displaying excellence in writing, analyzing and broadening their awareness of the role of cruise tourism.”

As a finalist at the regional level in the junior division-ages 12 years and under, Michael Lashley received a grant in the amount of US $200.00 as well as a TT $500.00 book voucher.

Trinidad & Tobago is located in the southeastern region of the Caribbean. With its careful approach to tourism, the dual-island nation offers a distinct blend of culture, eclectic cuisine and an assortment of eco-adventure activities. Trinidad, the ‘cultural capital of the Caribbean,’ is home to the world famous Carnival and the birthplace of the steel pan, the only new musical instrument to be invented in the 20th century. It is also home to one of the world’s top three nesting sites for endangered leatherback turtles and world class fine flavored cocoa. Tobago, sister island to Trinidad, is the quintessential Caribbean paradise with secluded beaches, quaint villages, private villas and award-winning eco-attractions that include the Main Ridge Rainforest, the oldest protected reserve in the western hemisphere and the six-time award winner for World’s Leading Ecotourism Destination by the World Travel Awards.

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