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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.

Grade 11 Tourism learners, Amy-Lee Visagie and Chrislin De Koker of Carnarvon High School departed from Kimberley for France yesterday after winning a national tourism research competition, 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. Picture: Supplied

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.