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  • The school defeated Immanuel Success Preparatory and Kindergarten 34-28 in the very competitive final held on March 23 at the Falmouth Library in Trelawny.
  • Spring Garden, however, was the more assertive of the two teams, taking their chances and riding their luck to victory.
  • Both schools were presented with cash prizes, gift certificates and passes to several Trelawny-based resorts.

Spring Garden Primary and Infant School is the winner of the Tourism Product Development Company’s (TPDCo) ‘Fi Wi Falmouth’ Tourism Quiz.

The school defeated Immanuel Success Preparatory and Kindergarten 34-28 in the very competitive final held on March 23 at the Falmouth Library in Trelawny.

The final, conducted in a format similar to the popular Schools’ Challenge Quiz, saw both schools tied at 21 points going into the buzzer section where two points were awarded for the correct answer and two points deducted for the wrong answer.

Spring Garden, however, was the more assertive of the two teams, taking their chances and riding their luck to victory.

Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, praised the teams for “a very exciting final”, adding that they demonstrated an understanding of the tourism industry and the way in which it operates.

“It was indeed competitive and demonstrated the preparation and hard work put in by both teams and their coaches,” Mr. Bartlett said.

“It is undoubtedly an important activity and, as you may know, it is one of the prongs of a public education programme implemented by TPDCo for this historic town of Falmouth as a means of improving the visitor experience and destination assurance,” he noted further.

For winning Coach Grace Hughes-Malcom, the weeks of preparation going into the final truly paid off as “we delivered today where it really mattered”.

She noted that while the competition was restricted to Trelawny-based schools, she is confident that Spring Garden could duplicate the effort in the proposed National Tourism Quiz.

“This team is indeed very special and could easily hold their own in any competition,” she said. “I am very proud of them and, as you can see, they indeed have a grasp of tourism-related issues,” she added.

For her part, Coach of Immanuel Success, Natlie Campbell, said she is proud of her team, noting that “we came up short today in a match that could have gone either way”.

“It was only in the end when we were a little slow to react to the buzzer,” she lamented.

“Our team, however, tried their very best and have nothing to be ashamed of. Making the finals of a competition of this magnitude is quite an achievement and something we will cherish for a long time. Yes, we are disappointed at not winning, but we did ourselves and our school proud,” she said.

Both schools were presented with cash prizes, gift certificates and passes to several Trelawny-based resorts. The winning team, Spring Garden, received passes for lunch on board one of Royal Caribbean’s Oasis-style luxury vessels.

TPDCo has been shining the spotlight on Falmouth through the ‘Fi Wi Falmouth’ initiative. This engagement aims to improve the hospitality offered to tourists in the town by enhancing the visitor experience and building awareness of tourism’s importance.

The tourism public education programme, which was launched in August 2016, aims to engage primary- and secondary-school students so that they may learn and convey information to their peers and family members as well as sensitise and build awareness among citizens’ associations, neighbourhood watches and youth groups within the parish.