By Kurt Campbell
[www.inewsuyana.com] – “We did our research and realized that the city was too saturated with hotels, the intention was to create that mid-level dwelling between the city and the airport,” she said in a very soft voice.
Proprietor of the recently commissioned Park Vue Hotel at Farm, East Bank Demerara Sheron Persaud, in an exclusive interview with iNews talks about the investment and her vision for the local tourism and hospitality industry.
Persaud recalled that the idea to build the hotel in Guyana was first generated in the minds of herself and husband (Walter Persaud) a few years ago when former President Bharrat Jagdeo hosted a reception in Orlando, Canada and had encouraged Guyanese living in the diaspora to return to Guyana and invest.
Persaud, who was living in Canada at the time and worked for years in the hospitality sector decided to take the Former President up on his challenge and build the hotel, the land was readily available.
Construction on the facility started just under two years ago. Though not fully complete, the hotel currently houses a restaurant and lounge, has a total of 18 rooms available with another ten to become operational within a week’s time, a pool side and a gift shop.
When it is 100% complete, it will also house a conference hall, a banquet area and will have available a total of 32 rooms. The US based Guyanese made it clear that her hope is to stimulate the local tourism industry with the provision of her own memorable signature experience.
“Our vision is to help to stimulate the tourism industry and create this memorable signature experience for visitors. We would like to consider ourselves to be more of a boutique hotel where our services are very personalized.”
Persaud is confident that her hotel adds a different flavor from the pool of hotels that already exist. “We wanted to have a modern environment which is a different twist from what already exist, it expands on the choices.”
Rooms at the hotel range from as low US$99 to just over US$200 per night. The owner boasted of large spaces, adding that packages will also be available.
The success in constructing the hotel was not without challenges. Among the challenges identified by Persaud was finding qualified contractors, the construction of the four lane highway (still is a challenge in relation to access to the facility), the weather has also been a setback.
Ninety percent of materials and furniture for the hotel were imported from China and the US.
“We have a modern facility and we want to offer quests a signature experience and a memorable stay.”