[www.inewsguyana.com] – As Tourism Awareness Month events wind down, there are several exciting activities yet to be pulled off by the Ministry of Tourism, among which are King’s Duck curry competition, Rupununi Business forum, the second South Rupununi safari, and the Rupununi Expo.
The South Rupununi safari is expected to commence on the morning of November 26, and is expected to conclude on November 29 at the Rupununi Expo.
According to Director of the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA), Indranauth Haralsingh, this year’s expo is expected to be one of the largest with seven vehicles from Suriname, six from Trinidad, one from Jamaica, 13 from Guyana, one truck from the Essequibo Coast and another which was promised by the Tourism Ministry, as well as one biker from Canada.
As part of the Tourism Awareness week activities there will also be opening of a visitors’ information centre at Lethem, Region Nine.
This facility will be temporarily located at the Conservation International Office until a permanent site is located. This centre is intended to provide foreigners with information on Guyana’s tourism products and services.
The annual Christmas Tree light up at Rahaman’s park is slated for Friday, November 28.
Currently the first ever Restaurant Week is being held with 18 participating restaurants. During this period, restaurants will be offering two- course lunch specials at a standard price of $2000 and $3000 and dinner specials at $4000 and $5000.
This event is expected to market these restaurants while giving patrons an opportunity to enjoy fine cuisine at a reduced price.
Meanwhile, speaking of other events that have been successfully launched during Tourism Awareness Month thus far, Haralsingh, spoke of the Tourism awards and the Tourism Ambassadors’ programme.
Several local personalities including Dave Martin, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Andrew King, Clive Lloyd, and Nicolette Fernandes have been appointed tourism ambassadors and will use different forums locally and internationally to promote Guyana’s tourism product.
“All of these people are leaders and well networked. As they travel they can do a lot in positively promote destination Guyana, they will appear at talks around the country, locally and overseas, they can be goodwill ambassadors for Guyana.”
At the Tourism Awards, several individuals who have made significant contributions to the tourism sector were rewarded.
Tourism Awareness Month 2014 was launched under the theme, ‘Tourism Entrepreneurs and Ambassadors Mobilised’. The aim is to raise awareness of the country’s tourism potential as the Government continues to promote the sector as one that has the potential for significant economic growth.
This year’s theme was selected to highlight tourism entrepreneurs and ambassadors, who are regarded as the key vehicles for the creation of new enterprises, employment, and the stimulation of competition in the sector.
[Extracted and modified from GINA]