NC tourism pupils to rep­re­sent SA

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TWO NORTH­ERN Cape pupils from Carnar­von High School de­parted from Kim­ber­ley for France yes­ter­day af­ter win­ning a na­tional tourism re­search com­pe­ti­tion.

The tourism re­search pro­ject by the two Grade 11 pupils, Amy-Lee Vis­agie and Chris­lin de Koker of Carnar­von High School (pic­tured) pro­vided them with the op­por­tu­nity to travel to France.

This comes af­ter their pro­posal was se­lected as the win­ning en­try for the GTTP-SA’s In­no­va­tion in Tourism com­pe­ti­tion for 2018.

Their re­search, ti­tled “The Eye in the Sky”, in­cluded re­search on the tele­scopes in Suther­land and Carnar­von and their im­pact on tourism growth in these re­mote North­ern Cape towns.

The re­search was based on what sci­en­tist have de­scribed as the “eye and ears” in the sky, with MeerLICHT be­ing the “eyes” and MeerKAT the “ears”. This pro­ject is unique to South Africa and wel­comes tourists around the world.

The team re­ceived their award from the Deputy Min­is­ter of Tourism, El­iz­a­beth Tha­bethe, at the Na­tional Tourism Ca­reers Expo in Sun City in Oc­to­ber this year.

The two girls will be rep­re­sent­ing South Africa at the an­nual In­ter­na­tional Travel and Tourism Stu­dent and Teacher Con­fer­ence in Nice, France, and their tourism teacher, Christo Fieland, will ac­com­pany them.

The an­nual in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence will take place from De­cem­ber 1 to 5 in Nice on the French Riviera.

They pre­pared a pre­sen­ta­tion and de­vel­oped a case study and study ma­te­rial on “In­no­va­tion in Tourism” that will be pre­sented in Europe and will be ex­changed with pupils and teach­ers from four­teen other coun­tries.

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