Tourism Workshop aims to boost regional tourism product
– Regional Tourism Committees to be established
DPI, Guyana, Saturday, October 27, 2018
Guyana’s pristine natural attractions and unique cultural heritage make it a perfect getaway for visitors. Within this in mind the Department of Tourism, Ministry of Business is working along with the various regional authorities to develop several Regional Tourism Committees in order to expand Guyana’s tourism product.
The department recently hosted a workshop with the regional authorities of Region Five, Mahaica-Berbice and Region Six, East Berbice-Corentyne on October 25 in New Amsterdam.
Director General, Department of Tourism, Donald Sinclair highlighted that these Regional Tourism Committees will be expected to be in the forefront of efforts to develop and market a strong and sustainable tourism product in the respective regions. This, in turn, will allow for the improvement of livelihoods, strengthening of communities and enhancement of the physical environment.
According to Sinclair, workshops such as these are hosted to highlight and educate Guyanese on the hidden beauty and rich history of their homeland.
During the exercise, tourism stakeholders and regional authorities from both regions proposed activities that could be held in Berbice, during the observation of Tourism Awareness Month in November. Some of these were a street fair exhibiting the history of Berbice; a food festival showcasing Guyana’s diverse culinary dishes and a historic tour of the ancient county.
Participants at the workshop were encouraged to promote their regions to the fullest so that visitors will want to visit each region for its hospitality, historic views, cultural dishes and a clean and sustainable environment.
Attending the workshop was Region Six, Deputy Regional Executive Officer Claude Henry, New Amsterdam Health Inspection Officer Ackloo Ramsudh, members of the joint services, members of the business committee, RDC representatives and representatives from the Chambers of Commerce of both regions.
Sinclair said at the conclusion of all the workshops the tourism department will assist the various regional authorities to create their Tourism Committee comprising a corps of individuals that will work to develop each region’s tourism product.
Similar workshops are also being held in different regions across the country.
Story and Images: Tanuja Raikha