Kumu to consider tourism potential
DPI, Guyana, Sunday, November 24, 2019
Minister of Public Telecommunications, Hon. Catherine Hughes urged residents of Kumu in the Upper Takatu-Upper Essequibo Region (Region 9) to consider marketing their picturesque community as a tourist destination.
During a well-attended meeting in the quiet community, the Public Telecommunications Minister highlighted communities, such as Rewa and Surama, have been transformed into a tourism hotspot noting that Kumu is no different.
“Kumu is a special place because not a lot of communities have a waterfall located so close… You have a tremendous opportunity,” she remarked.
The Public Telecommunications Minister told the residents that the Coalition Government is committed to working with the community to ensure it becomes self-sustainable.
“The government is going to support you because we want to do things that help to build and develop your lives.”
Minister Hughes, who worked in the tourism industry for several years, stated that the community’s unique beauty and culture can be marketed in a way that is beneficial to every resident. She suggested that residents collaborate to ensure that there is more money going back into the community.
“One of you could receive the calls to book the tours, another could provide the transportation and the women in the village could prepare a little snack pack,” she suggested.
The Public Telecommunications Minister also urged the residents to utilise the recently installed government free WiFi to make themselves more marketable.
The residents were very receptive to the minister’s suggestion and informed her of their plans to transform their community.
Minister Hughes also distributed a number of items to residents in the community.