By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Aruwai White H2O Resort located on an island separating the Cuyuni and Mazaruni Rivers on was on Saturday, December 12 declared open.
The resort was hailed as a catalyst and game changer for Guyana’s tourism sector. It has been the topic of many discussions on social media in the past months and took an estimated $15B to complete over a period of three years.
Developer of the resort, Chunilall Baboolall stated that the idea for the resort stemmed from discussions with Former Prime Minister, Samuel Hinds. At that time, Hinds had urged that Baboolall, one of Guyana’s more successful miners, pump his money into another sector that would guarantee profits.
He said that diversifying from mining to tourism did not come without its challenges but there was support along the way.
Meanwhile, Director of the Guyana Tourism Authority, Indranauth Haralsingh said the investment shows confidence in Guyana’s economy and in particular the tourism industry.
Tourism Minister, Cathy Hughes was also on hand for the opening ceremony and in vdirectly addressing the businessman, she commended him for such a magnanimous investment in Guyana.
“In these times you have to be really committed to your country to make such a huge investment; we thank you for adding quality to our tourism product,” said Hughes.
The Minister was adamant that with an aggressive tourism marketing plan from the Government and other facilities in place, the resort would be a success.
“I am 99.99% confident that we are going to be able to deliver to put the tourists you need to make your business a success,” said Hughes.
It is “second to none of its kind Guyana and can be compared to any of such in the Caribbean…This matches up anything I’ve seen anywhere else…this is now what we call setting the standards and others must catch up,” said Harmon.
He stated that this resort challenges the Government to make Guyana’s hinterland worthy of escape.