GEORGETOWN, Guyana — The Ramotar administration has its eyes set on boosting investment opportunities for the South American country.
In a reception at Guyana’s State House on Tuesday, President Donald Ramotar announced his intent to host an extensive marketing awareness seminar that would draw tourism operators, media and specialists in the United States
“I see a great future for tourism here in Guyana and for us to create the linkages and synergies with our regional counterparts to also boost regional tourism efforts,” the Guyanese leader said as he addressed delegates from the Caribbean Tourism Organisation’s 13th Sustainable Tourism Conference being held in Georgetown.
Ramotar, who became president after contentious elections in November, said he has “re-affirmed Guyana’s commitment to the building of a vibrant Caribbean Community and to the deepening of the integration process so as to advance the economies of our people.”
“Tourism is an important economic sector and is pivotal to the economic growth of many regional economies and consequently to the livelihoods of our peoples. Governments and other stakeholders must therefore make the necessary investments and craft policies that would secure the future of this vital industry. To this end, our biodiversity and eco systems, which form the foundation of the regional industry, must be protected,” he said.
The head of state said Guyana offered unique tourism and had long recognised the importance of the environment to the development of a sustainable tourism product.
“We have more importantly acknowledged the overarching responsibility to promote economic growth through effective environmental stewardship. Our Low Carbon Development Strategy seeks to find the right balance between our push for economic prosperity and the maintenance of sound environmental practices,” Ramotar said.
This is the second time Guyana has played host to the Sustainable Tourism Conference. The Caricom member state has used the opportunity to showcase its sustainable tourism development projects and practices and also the push toward community-based tourism.