Nevis has emerged the winner of the Caribbean Tourism Youth Congress title for the second year in a row with 14-year-old Rol-J Williams. Rol-J copped the coveted title of Caribbean Youth Junior Minister of Tourism over 10 others at the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s State Of The Industry Conference, held in St. Thomas on Friday (Sept 19). St. Lucia placed second and Anguilla third. Rol-J is a student of the Gingerland Secondary School. Participants in the Youth Congress were required to present on “Experiential Tourism”and “Accessible Tourism”, and come up with an impromptu idea for a local tourism attraction targeting young people. According to a CTO press release Youth Congress coordinator, Bonita Morgan, who is also the director for resource mobilization and development at the CTO stated, “This programme is one pillar of the CTO’s sustainable tourism strategy in engaging with Caribbean youth to stimulate their thinking regarding tourism issues and trends and encouraging their participation in the sector. “We are equally proud of all 11 Junior Ministers and Commissioners of Tourism who participated and particularly impressed with their varying styles of speech delivery and ideas generated. The future of tourism is very bright!”Youth Congress coordinator, Bonita Morgan, described the program as “a pillar of the CTO’s sustainable tourism strategy in engaging with Caribbean youth to stimulate their thinking regarding tourism issues and trends and encouraging their participation in the sector”. She said, “We are equally proud of all 11 Junior Ministers and Commissioners of Tourism who participated and particularly impressed with their varying styles of speech delivery and ideas generated. The future of tourism is very bright!”Speaking to Rol-J on Tuesday (Sept 23), he told the Observer about the experience and how it has impacted him. “I’m very elated, especially to have brought it back to Nevis for the second year and to the Gingerland Secondary School,”he said. “Preparations were tedious. I was practicing since April, probably every day for about two hours. It was basically learning the material and saying it out loud,”he continued. He said that working with fellow Nevisian past Caribbean Youth Junior Minister of Tourism, Neila Jones, was not a difficult process and that she assisted greatly in preparing him. Regarding tasks he has to complete during his tenure, Williams said, “Officially, I don’t know as yet but I guess be an example for the youths to get involved in tourism.”NIA Minister of Tourism on Nevis, Hon. Mark Brantley congratulated Williams, saying his accomplishment was a fantastic gift to Nevis for Independence. ” Rol-J has ensured that Nevis has now won two years in a row, as last year Neila Jones emerged the Caribbean champion. I am so proud of this young man. Congratulations to him and to the entire team who travelled to St. Thomas with him,”he said. “We are working hard for a better and brighter Nevis. Kudos to our youths who have made us exceedingly proud.”A victory celebration took place this morning (Friday, Sept 26) at the Gingerland Secondary School in honour of Williams’ triumph. It came one day ahead of World Tourism Day on September 27.