Major developments on the card to boost Region 7 tourism sector
President, Dr. Mohamed Irfaan Ali said major infrastructural developments in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) will help boost its tourism potential.
Speaking during an outreach to the region on Wednesday, President Ali noted that the supporting infrastructure is needed to realise this tourism potential.
“To do this we have to upgrade the roads, we have to upgrade the airstrip, we have to look at making this region, and developing the capacity of this region to at least have a minimum municipal standard airstrip, aerodrome so that we can support the development in the hinterland, those are things that are necessary to prop the types of investment, and types of projects that we want,” President Ali noted.
He added that, “The days and time when you can spend nine hours on a ferry to come to a region for tourism are far gone. If you are to build tourism, whether it’s day tourism or weekend tourism or long stay, we have to be able to build a product that is connected to a wider product, and we have to build the infrastructure that will allow us to build that product here.”
President Ali noted that persons also need to be trained, for which provisions have already been made.
“We are setting aside resources to train 6000 people in the hospitality sector, and we want people from this region to be trained, but importantly we want to have the transformative infrastructure that could bring people to the region.”
The president also spoke of the road link that will enable persons to travel to the opposite side of Bartica. “These are the transformative infrastructure, that will open up new opportunities, create new opportunities, and this is the vision that we are pursuing, a vision that is aimed at increasing prosperity, and improving opportunities for you.”
He noted that the development path is one which sees a region that is sustainable, food and energy secure, and responsive to climate change with the investments that will be made.
The partnership with Barbados to market the two countries together, and the Tourism Ministry’s effort to develop the region was also highlighted by the Head of State.
The Ministry of Tourism, Industry and Commerce has been working to develop the Essequibo tourism circuit which includes parts of Regions Two, Three and Seven.
Tourism Minister Oneidge Walrond, on a media tour in late 2021, had indicated that there will be upgrades to the tourist sites in the Essequibo circuit.
Sites along the Essequibo circuit include the Forts, several waterfalls such as the Baracara falls and Marshal falls, and several tourist resorts in the Essequibo River and Bartica.