New GTA Director prepared to implement recovery plans

reinvention of agency’s capacity will continue to show success – former GTA Director Brian Mullis

DPI, Guyana, Monday, May 4, 2020

The Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) will focus on addressing the recovery of businesses in the tourism sector affected by COVID-19 pandemic.

This was disclosed, on Monday, by the new Director of the GTA, Carla James-Chandra during a welcome ceremony for her and farewell for the former Director Brian Mullis.

“For the next several weeks, GTA will be focusing on helping the sector during this difficult period preparing for recovery…our team will continue to invest and build capacity so that we can be strong support for our stakeholders,” she said.

James-Chandra disclosed that among the topics to be discussed in the coming weeks will be assistance for small entrepreneurs working in the tourism sector.

Minister of Business, Hon. Haimraj Rajkumar thanked Mullis for the development of the agency’s work which saw Guyana recognised as a rising star in tourism destinations, both regionally and internationally.

“Our tourism sector has developed tremendously… we have been able to win several awards through his due diligence. He has done so much in such a short time that put the country on the map…we have much to thank him for,” Minister Rajkumar.

The minister said, he hopes the previous GTA director will continue to lend his support to the ministry in its efforts to take the country to the next level.

In his remarks Mullis noted that “The expectations for me were set pretty early, to bring the country from the unknown to the global tourism marketplace by elevating the capacity of the GTA team. GTA has helped Guyana with its partners to gain prominence and recognition as a leading sustainable destination…I have to say mission accomplished,” Mullis noted.

The former Director said James-Chandra Chandra will take the agency forward through recovery and strengthen its resilience.

Chandra was unanimously elected at the end of a rigorous 4-stage selection process. She is the first Indigenous woman to be appointed to lead the GTA in its 18-year history.