President Ramotar pledges support for tourism sector
- during THAG Awards
President Donald Ramotar has pledged Government’s support of Guyana’s tourism sector while working with stakeholders to prevent anarchy and develop strategies to allow the sector to realize its true potential.
The Head-of-State made those remarks yesterday at the Tourism & Hospitality Association of Guyana (THAG) President’s Awards Dinner and Dutch Auction 2012. The event was held at the Princess International Hotel and attracted hoteliers, resort operators and other key players in the tourism sector.
He asserted that persons with established tourist operations and those now entering the market are at an advantageous position to enhance their entities at this early stage in the industry’s growth.
Ramotar expressed confidence that there will be a rush in the sector, while he painted a picturesque image of the hinterland and coastland communities. He boasted of some the country’s proud features such as mountain ranges, hills, rainforest and wildlife.
Guyana’s tourism sector does not operate in isolation; as such Government has been investing in other sectors, Ramotar noted, while adding that Government invested $1B last year in the construction, rehabilitation and maintenance of hinterland roads. This has helped to increase access to many beautiful sections of Guyana’s hinterland.
While the coastland has much potential for tourist activities its Guyana’s capital city, Georgetown, which is located there, needs ‘cleaning up’ to earn its name as the Garden City once again.
Ramotar emphasized that Georgetown has very beautiful with exquisite architecture but it is not in a state that will attract tourists and impress people.
“I want to assure you that the Government will intervene to get this city cleaned up so it can reflect the beauty it really has. But that needs to be sustainable and every time one section of Government messes up the Central Government has to step in to clean it up.”
He stressed a permanent solution is needed but that can only be achieved if all involved find a common area to work together. That common ground could very well be that the City belongs to everyone, he suggested.
“Therefore I hope we will find cooperation with the other forces as we seek to work towards local government elections to more and more democratize community lives so that people can have a say and participate in the development of the city,” Ramotar stressed.
He emphasized that Government wants to expand the sector to include health and education tourism but those will be costly. As such, Government is pursing the hydropower project that will provide cheaper electricity to all Guyanese. This will lead to vibrancy in societies to generate jobs and higher salaries.
The President’s remarks made way for the presentation of awards in several sectors and the Dutch Auction segment which was entertaining.
Several Categories of awards were the Recognition of Patrons of THAG which was copped by Mr. Yesu Persaud Chairman of Demerara Distillers Limited; Recognition of Sponsors of THAG was given to Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company and DDL; and Agro-tourism Awards-Best New Product was given to the Mangrove Action Committee.