Following a number of public consultations on the National Tourism Policy (NTP), some of the suggestions from stakeholders are being incorporated into the plan that will soon be presented to Cabinet, according to GINA.
Minister of Telecommunication with responsibility for tourism, Catherine Hughes was quoted by GINA as saying that the Government has been incorporating some of the suggestions that were received from stakeholders.
Minister Hughes said that by the end of next week, the completed policy will be submitted to Cabinet for approval, after which it will be laid in parliament.
The policy was sent to a number of stakeholders including the Tourism and Hospitality Association (THAG), and some of the suggestions received are “very good”, Minister Hughes stated.
The Minister said the plan has been endorsed by the stakeholders as a good one for the future development of the tourism sector.
The policy will address legislation and regulations on tourism investment, incentives and concessions, marketing, product development, human resource development, infrastructure, aviation, sustainability, and best practices and more.
The NTP will guide the tourism sector, with emphasis being placed on eco-tourism as part of selling Guyana more effectively on the international market.
Tourism is viewed as an important sector in the national economy. It can attract foreign investment, create jobs, especially within indigenous communities and encourage production in other areas such as construction, tour guides and other hospitality industries.