Nov 20, 2008 News
Yesterday evening, with a gala affair, the management of the Aracari Resort at Versailles, West Bank Demerara, officially opened a superlative dining restaurant, ‘Macaw,’ to the general public.
Amidst clinking glasses, the low hum of conversation, and a steady supply of food and beverages, guests enjoyed a thoroughly relaxing evening.
The new restaurant introduces fine Chinese cuisine at the location.
The resort also features the ‘Kiskadee Restaurant’ on the ground floor, which offers Guyanese cuisine of almost every imaginable nature.
Addressing the media and special invitees, Chief Executive Officer Sase Shewnarain said that both restaurants were named after tropical birds associated with Guyana, in keeping with the idea of promoting the country’s birding possibilities and tourism.
The CEO added that the idea behind the initiative of the resort was born out of his desire to offer a location and forum for an informal yet special atmosphere, largely sought after by clients and tourists.
He noted that there is no other ‘fine dining’ restaurant in Region Three, which further prompted his decision to open same. Shewnarain indicated that his investment on the entire resort is based on his vision that Guyana can become a vibrant tourist destination in the near future. He emphasised that Aracari is a vacation resort which will develop fully over time.
According to the CEO, the introduction of his resort and restaurants will pave the way for Guyanese to enjoy resorts and hotels with all the modern facilities, if others follow suit; thus eradicating the expense of experiencing a dream vacation abroad.
Commenting on the response received since the resort opened its doors, Shewnarain noted that as it is with most new businesses, the first restaurant and entertainment nightclub had tremendous support from the public. He explained that, shortly after, it wavered a little, but is presently improving nicely. The CEO opined that since the resort is not located in the city, it offers a more relaxed environment, and will excel greatly, since the buzz of its existence is still fresh in the air.
He noted that the conference room that houses two hundred persons has not yet attracted any major function, but nevertheless the continued development of the resort’s facilities remains a sure thing.
In concluding, he noted that “there is a future for Guyana’s tourism sector, it only has to be sorted out and packaged properly”.
The resort, which involves US$3M in investment, houses thirty-six one-bedroom apartments, offers Money Gram services, an Internet café, high speed Internet systems, a theatre, gymnasium, sophisticated pool, and other amenities.
Commenting briefly at the opening ceremony, Tourism Minister Manniram Prashad expressed his support for the venture, noting that he was more than happy to be a part of the proceedings. He added that Shewnarain has brought a special style and standard to Guyana with his exploits in boosting the tourism sector.
The minister indicated that many restaurants have opened with excellent standards which have dwindled dramatically soon after, but he praised the Aracari management for establishing and maintaining standards of the finest quality. After the minister’s speech, guests and special invitees settled down to sample the succulent delicacies and wide array of beverages.
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