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Stakeholders call for more testing, tracing ahead of domestic tourism reopening

As Guyana looks towards gradually reopening sectors of its economy, particularly tourism, stakeholders in that industry are calling for more testing and tracing to be done aimed at improving consumer confidence and containing the spread of the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19). Newly-appointed Director of the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) Carla James- Chandra told the third Tourism Recovery Action Committee (TRAC) meeting ...

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Guyana’s tourism sector loses earnings, jobs since COVID-19; appeal issued for govt relief

The coronavirus, COVID-19, has taken a toll on Guyana’s tourism sector, resulting in a 46-percent decline in earnings and a 30-percent loss of jobs to date, according to the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA). The authority, which is a semi-autonomous government agency, predicted that 50 percent of tourism businesses would have to close their doors permanently if they do not get ...

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Guyana’s two airports to remain closed until May 1

The Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) and the Eugene Correia International Airport (ECIA) will remain closed to international flights until May 1, 2020, in order to continue mitigating the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. “The closure of the airspace will greatly assist in minimizing the spread of COVID-19 by limiting international contacts,” the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) said. The ...

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New Marriott hotel for Guyana

A new five-star 150-room AC Marriott Hotel is scheduled for construction in Guyana this year, government’s National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) announced on Wednesday. “Trinuyana Investments Incorporated principals are confident that the proposed development will boost the existing architectural and landscape ambience of the Ogle area while providing a sustainable design approach, ensuring that the space remains a ...

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Tourism body tapping into Carnegie School as oil sector fills hotel rooms

President of the Tourism and Hospitality Association of Guyana (THAG), Mitra Ramkumar says the emerging oil and gas sector is boosting hotel occupancy, even as his organisation is preparing to give graduates of Carnegie School of Home Economics internship and job opportunities. Ramkumar, in an address to mark the reopening of Carnegie’s Hibiscus Restaurant for the new school term, noted ...

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Guyana’s tourism sector forecasts big returns from Condé Nast Traveler’s listing

Tourism executives are banking on Guyana’s listing by Condé Nast Traveler, a premier travel magazine, as one of the top 20 places to visit next year to further boost the sector which has so far raked in more than GYD$60 billion dollars annually. Director-General of Tourism, Donald Sinclair told a domestic Regional Tourism Committee Forum that many of the ecotourism ...

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Too much rum-drinking at regional festivals -Tourism Director-General

The Director-General of the Department of Tourism, Donald Sinclair on Thursday called for less rum-drinking and a greater focus on culture at festivals across Guyana’s ten administrative regions. He issued the call at a regional tourism forum at which regional tourism committee representatives presented their reviews for 2019 and were informed about plans for 2020. “Too many festivals are just ...

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BREAKING: JetBlue flying to Guyana from next April

JetBlue on Tuesday announced it is again expanding its large Latin America and Caribbean network with new nonstop service between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Guyana’s Cheddi Jagan International Airport (GEO). Flights will operate daily on JetBlue’s new A321neo aircraft beginning April 2, 2020 with seats available for purchase in the U.S. starting today. “Guyana service ...

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Petty city crimes no big impact on tourism – GTA Director

Director of the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA), Brian Mullis does not believe that crime is discouraging tourists from visiting this South American nation because visitor figures continue to grow. He says most of the crime seen is petty theft in the capital city, Georgetown, and must be placed in the proper context. “I think we also acknowledge that most of ...

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Three-year tourism fund paying dividends

A three-year-old Tourism Development Fund (TDF) has raked in almost GYD$5 million that has been used in a couple of areas to help boost Guyana’s tourism product, but large hotels are yet to clear a hurdle to begin contributing to the vital cash source, President of the Tourism and Hospitality Association of Guyana (THAG) Mitra Ramkumar said Friday. The TDF ...

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