Character theme park clinches top prize in tourism competition for youth

A proposal of a theme park where visitors can live, eat and play as one of four characters - a pirate, astronaut, mediaeval warrior or soldier - won the top prize at this year's Tourism Innovation Competition (TIC).

Organised by Temasek Polytechnic's School of Business and supported by the Singapore Tourism Board, the competition called for students to come up with ideas on how to make Singapore a major youth tourism destination. Some 49 teams of students from 24 schools were given a month to work on their proposals and the winners were announced on Tuesday.

Miss Tan An Zhi, a member of the winning team of four from Zhonghua Secondary said they wanted to create a place where youths can "live their fantasies in Singapore." Their idea won them praises from the judges who made the unanimous decision to award them with the $3,000 cash prize, as well as medals and certificates.

The annual competition, which started in 2010, aims to give students opportunities to learn about the tourism industry and possible career options. It is open to all upper secondary school and Institute of Technical Education students.