Contests and Competitions

Students are encouraged to participate in the various competitions and contests available here. This stimulates creativity amongst young Caymanians, presenting them with opportunities to further explore and learn about Cayman's tourism product.

There are many Tourism Education programmes which take the form of various contests and competitions. We encourage all teachers to incorporate these activities into their school calendar.

Florida Caribbean Cruise Association Children’s Essay Competition

The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Annual Essay Competition invites students from around the Caribbean and Latin America to submit essays and then awards the students and schools to help further their education. Through this competition, we seek to promote and stimulate environmental awareness among students and effectively educate younger generations on the importance of environmental protection.

Target Group: Under 17
Dates/Activities:Annually between Jan – May

Rules and Guidelines

CCMI Young Environmentalist Leadership Course

CIDOT, in partnership with Central Caribbean Marine Institute (CCMI), offers students the opportunity to participate in this leadership course.

CCMI’s Young Environmental Leadership Course focuses on exposing graduating high school students to marine tourism careers and conservation issues. It aims to promote sustainable and environmentally responsible business practices in the Cayman Islands through a two-week-long course at the Little Cayman Research Centre. The students selected for this programme will gain valuable exposure to many marine-based tourism industries in the Cayman Islands, such as scuba diving and boating. 

The goal of the course is to give students skills for a successful career while raising awareness of threats to the natural environment on which the Cayman tourism industry depends. By educating Caymanians entering the tourism industry, CCMI hopes to foster future business owners that are environmentally conscious so that the marine environments are safeguarded.

Target Group: Ages 16-17
Dates/Activities: 21st July to 4th August

Tourism Speak-Off

The Tourism Speak-Off Competition is an awareness-building campaign that helps to develop the analytical and debating skills of Year 9 through Year 12 high school students. The first round consists of an essay from which the four finalists are selected for the Speak-Off.

The winner of the Tourism Speak-Off Competition is selected to represent the Cayman Islands and is given the title of Tourism Ambassador. The title is to be held for one (1) year and the student is given the opportunity to be involved in tourism-related activities throughout the year.

Target Group:Ages 14-17 
Dates/Activities: May – September

Tourism Ambassador

The winning student from the Tourism Speak Off secures for one year the role of Tourism Ambassador, gets an all expense paid trip to the Caribbean Tourism Organization's Youth Congress, and makes appearances throughout the year at Ministry/ Department of Tourism sponsored events.

Target Group:  Ages 14-17
Dates/Activities:Year-round events

Short Film Competition

The short film competition is designed to help bring awareness to tourism and instil a sense of pride in the Cayman Islands among students. Participants must capture the themeCayman...through our eyesusing the medium of film to reflect how they see Cayman. Whether from the natural surroundings, the land or underwater, the competition encourages tourists to visit and invites locals to explore. 

Target Group: Ages 10-17
Dates/Activities: September – December 

World Tourism Day

World Tourism Day was commemorated on 27 September under the theme “Tourism Linking Cultures”. This year’s theme is a celebration of tourism’s role in linking together the cultures of the world through travel.  

Target Group: All ages
Dates/Activities: Photo competition deadline end of August. Visit    

Quiz Competition

The quiz competition is an awareness building program to test knowledge and understanding of the tourism industry.  Competition for all ages and based on information shared in the DoT articles in newspapers and online. Participants can text in answers to questions posted online or in the newspaper in DoT advertising or press releases. Two separate numbers are provided for students and adults. Prizes and giveaways for winners.

Target Group: All ages
Dates/Activities: TBD – look out for our updates 
Deadline for entries and winner announcement: Weekly

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