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This is an bi-monthly newsletter of whats happening in the tourism sector in Guyana

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  • 1.INSIDE THIS ISSUEHonorable Ifraan Ali was appointed Minister of Housing and Water and as Botanical Garden declared a acting Minister for the Ministry of Tourism, Industry & Commerce Birding Sanctuary Guyana 5th Annual Tourism MASHRAMANI 2012 promises to be quite impression with a packed programme for the Awards hosted by GTAupcoming season. Guyanese and visitors alike will be in for a real treat, as Guyana observes GTA hosted a bartenderits 42nd Republic Anniversary under the theme Mashing with Pride; Keeping the Tradition competition Alive. Guyana participates at WTM That theme was the winning entry of several submitted, and was the work of Stakeholders met on Agro- Tourism communication icon Ms. Margaret Lawrence, who won herself a substantial cash prize of Another cruise ship docks in$50,000. GuyanaThe multi-cultural festival will see some new approaches, such as incorporating an Local tourism sector set to educational component with the Mash programme, and documenting and keeping for grow in 2012future use information from these initiatives, as well as partnering with sister Caribbean EZJet launch non-stop flights countries as Guyana seeks to strengthen the talents of it Soca and Chutney singers. from New York Events to look forward to are the Chutney, Calypso and Health Song competitions; the Barbados tourism delegation visit GuyanaMasquerade Band competition; Steel Band competition; the Light Up and Bright-up Guyana Visitors treated to traditional competition; and the main Mashramani event the Costume Bands and Float Parade. airport welcome Meanwhile, the Culture, Youth and Sport Ministry is also working feverishly on the re- Guyana to host STC-13 inintroduction of the Masquerade Band competition and the Steel Pan competition, and is April confident that these competitions will come on stream for 2012. Latest edition of ExploreAs customary, thousands of persons are expected to line the streets of the capital city of Guyana launchedGeorgetown to get a look at the spectacular costume competitions, float parades, masquerade bands and dancing in the streets to the accompaniment of steel band music and calypsos creating a carnival-like atmosphere.

2. Ministry of Tourism, GTA conduct customertraining programme conducted earlier this year who got a trophy and a trip to Kaieteurservice and frontline training in the Rupununi, Region Nine (Uppercompliments of Ministry of Tourism.During Tourism Awareness Month 2011, 225 Takutu/Upper Essequibo). The third prize of a trophy and a day trip topersons were The training targeted ten (10) wardens and tourBaganara Island Resort compliments ofgiven a chance toguides of the KNP as well as new guides from Evergreen Adventures went to Paton Rose of theenhancetheir nearby villages of Chenapou and Karisparu. Upscale Restaurant and Bar, for his cocktails Elskills through of aThe well-received training programme sought to Dorado Ambitious and Sun Seeker.series of customer provide the participants with the first-handservice andknowledge and interpretation skills needed toMinistry of Tourism hosts Fifth Annualfrontline training conduct tours at the park which attracts scores of Tourism Awardsby the Ministry of visitors every year while providing a sustainableTourism and the Guyana Tourism Authority.pool of individuals to conduct tour at the park,In an effort to boost the tourism and hospitalitywhich is home to Guyanas premier touristsector and in keeping with the theme ofattraction, the majestic Kaieteur Falls.AchievingServiceExcellencethroughTraining, artsandcraft producers; Ministry of Tourism, GTA host bartenderwaiters/waitresses; and barmen participated in cocktail competitioncustomer services training, while frontlineAs part of its Tourism Awareness Month 2011training was done for Duty Officers, Red Caps, activities, the Ministry of Tourism and theand Customs and Immigration Officers attachedGuyana Tourism Authority (GTA) into the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, collaboration withTimehri. theDemeraraDemonstrating the Tourism Ministry and GTA Distillers Limitedcommitment to continue training and capacity hosted a Bartendersbuilding in the tourism and hospitality sector,Cocktail Several persons and entities were recognized forthe frontline and customer service trainingCompetitionon their sterling contribution towards tourismsought to enhance the knowledge of players inNovember 12 at the development in Guyana, at the Ministry ofthe sector and equip them to provide betterUmana Yana inTourism annual Tourism Awards.customer care for visitors and local alike, as theyKingston, Georgetown. The gala event held at the Guyanaplay an integral part in the countrys tourism The exciting competition attracted seven local International Conference Centre, Liliendaal,related services.bartenders and two foreigners vying for the titleEast Coast Demerara, also saw persons receivingIn October, the Ministry of Tourism, Industryof Bartender of the Year.certificates for their participation in theand Commerce and the Guyana TourismEach participant had to mix two cocktails, Pakaraima Mountain Safari; one of the leadingAuthority (GTA) in collaboration with thewowing the crowd with their different style andadventure trips in Guyana.Guyana Trade and Investment Support (GTIS) names of the various cocktails. Part of the Ministrys calendar ofhosted tour guide training at the Kaieteur Devon Ramlikhan of the Edge Lounge capturedactivities to commemorate Tourism AwarenessNational Park (KNP) in Region Seventhe first prize with his cocktails Sweet Kiss and Month, ten individuals, communities, and(Potaro/Siparuni). Tropics and received a trophy and cash prize of organizations received plaques for theirThe three-day guide training session was $30,000. exemplary contributions to the growth of thefacilitated by Mr. Chuck Lennox, Consultant forSecond place went to Shawn Allen from theindustry.Cascade Interpretive Consulting. He was also Guyana Defense Force Officers Mess Hall forThe awardees were: Duane and Sandythe trainer for the GTIS tour guide interpretive his cocktails White Chicks and Breezy Hotel, DeFreitas from Rupununi Trails - Tourism 3. Pioneers; Rewa in Region Nine (Upper Guyana which has been attending WTM for overThe Botanical Garden which is an ImportantTakutu/Upper Essequibo)- Community Based ten years, was once again given the opportunity Birding Area in Guyana, has a land mass of 185Tourism Development; Peter and Ruthto network and link with other tour operators toacres and an amazing over 189 bird species fromRajmangal from No. 58 Rest Stop -promote and sell Guyana as a unique ecological, 41 families.Longstanding Service Provider; Mr. Wilfred nature and adventure tourist destination, and The first such sanctuary in Guyana is as aJagnarine from Lake Mainstay Resort, Regionhigh interest was shown in the destination. result of a collaborative effort between theTwo (Pomeroon/Supenaam) - Tourism At WTM, the Explore Guyana 2012 magazine Ministry of Tourism and the Guyana AmazonEntrepreneur; Redjet - Improved Access toand the British Broadcasting Corporation ten- Tropical Bird Society and the National ParksRegional Market; Mr. Ashley Holland - Tour part series retracing the footsteps of Sir Walter Commission. Also, a plaque was unveiledGuide of the Year; Mr. Ian Craddock - Pillar ofRaleigh for the fabled City of Gold El Dorado by Minister of Tourism, Industry and CommerceTourism Industry; Herdmanston Lodge - Best were launched, while visitors were also given a Manniram Prashad, in honour of the momentousHome-style Stay; Guyana National Shippingchance to sample the Demerara Distillersoccasion.Corporation - Support for Cruise Tourism; andLimited popular rum punch.Guyana with over 870 species and counting is athe Cheddi Jagan International Airport - Service birding hotspot and paradise, and has beenfor Travel & Tourism.Botanical Gardensdeclared aBirddescribed as the top new neo-tropical birding Sanctuarydestination and one of the best birding spots in the world.Guyana participates in WTMDuring Tourism Awareness Month 2011, Workshop held to brainstorm agro-tourismDestinationGuyana was successfully opportunitiesshowcased and much-talked about at the World The Ministry of Tourism and the GuyanaTravel Market (WTM), the worlds secondTourism Authority (GTA) in collaboration withlargest travel trade show. the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation onThe Ministry of Tourism and the Guyana Agriculture (IICA), on November 20, 2011Tourism Authority led Guyanas delegation to hosted a workshop, with the aim to explore agro-the event which was held in London fromtourism opportunities consistent with GuyanasNovember 7 to 10, in its continuous effort toLow Carbon Development Strategy.promote and market Guyana the AmazonGiven the countrys tremendous potential in thisAdventure in the international arena. niche market, the one-day session was part of aIn a show of public and private collaboration, Destination Guyana which is certainly a series of activities during Tourism Awarenessapart from the Tourism and Hospitality paradise for nature lovers, adventure seekers,Month 2011, observed under the themeAssociation of Guyana (THAG), private sector and the eco tourist-alike, is a birding hotspot and Achieving ServiceExcellencethroughcompanies that joined them included Wilderness paradise. Training.Explorers, Dadanawa Ranch, the North Its Botanical Gardens found in the capital city ofHeld at the Splashmins Eco Park and Resort onRupununi District DevelopmentBoard,Georgetown was declared a Bird Sanctuary on the Linden/Soesdyke Highway, its objectiveHurakabra River Resort and Rupununi Trails.November 18, 2011, by the Minister of Tourism,were: to broadly define agro-tourism withStaged annually - WTM dubbed the premier Industry and Commerce, Mr. Manniram specific reference to Guyanas potential andglobal event for the travel industry - presented a Prashad.current offerings; list the major planks ofuni