VIDEO: 500 Students and Teachers Gathered for the Tourism Education Council’s 8th Annual Youth Summit

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Guam – About 500 students and teachers gathered at the Father Duenas Phoenix Center today for the Tourism Education Council’s 8th Annual Youth Summit.

The event’s theme this year is My History is Guam’s History. It features the Guam Visitors Bureau’s presentation about the importance of tourism in our community as well as a mini tour on Chamorro culture organized by the Guampedia Foundation. 

Marianas Tourism Education Council (MTEC) Board Member Larry Lee said, “It’s so important to get the youth involved in Tourism and make them more aware of the industry. Hopefully to encourage them to have pursue careers in the industry. It’s great that they gave us an opportunity to visit. It helps when we collaborate. The more communication we have is better for the tourism industry in general.”

Managing Director of Guampedia Rita Nauta said along with tourism, she thinks it’s great to see a lot of the youth learning about our culture.

She said, “This is what we live for. The sure fire way to preserving our culture is to talk to the younger and future generation. Talk to them and teach them about it, get them to connect with it because that goes a long way. It’s just heartwarming with kids all over the island singing the Chamorro blessing and saying Hafa Adai!

The annual event is sponsored by the Guam Legislature. The youth summit will continue tomorrow with a new set of students.