President of the Tourism Hospitality Association of Guyana (THAG), Mitra Ramkumar says in pushing local content, 12 local agents are currently undergoing a three-week intensive training for passenger services representatives at the Duke Lodge Hotel.
Following the completion of the training exercise, Ramkumar explained that another batch of locals will be engaged as lead agents and airport coordinator training sessions.
“With this, the tourism industry is making strides and we welcome more airlines to Guyana because it is a very important part of our tourism product and I believe it will boost tourist arrivals in Guyana,” Ramkumar added.
“We are pleased to continue growing our presence in South America,” said Jim Butler, American Airlines’ Senior Vice President, International and Cargo.
“This new service adds a new international destination to American’s global network, promoting tourism in the country and offering the people of Guyana multiple connecting options through our hub in Miami.”
This new service will operate four times per week with an Airbus A319. This aircraft features eight seats in First Class, 24 seats in Main Cabin Extra with more legroom, and 96 seats in Main Cabin, in addition to more entertainment options and power outlets in every seat.
During the summer season in 2019, this service will be operated daily. Guyana has a huge demand for new airline services particularly within the North American routes, and there are times when tickets are very expensive.
In the meantime, special weekend getaway packages, another restaurant week and a number of other exciting activities are among the offerings as Tourism Awareness Month 2018 is launched.
Unveiling the calendar of activities at the Duke Lodge Hotel, Director of Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) Brian Mullis said through a partnership with the private sector bodies, the agency will provide economical means for locals and foreigners to explore Guyana.
“We are working with the tourism private sector on new management and pricing strategies so that they can offer some specials. These specials will not only be available during the month of November; some will be available year-round. And as the number of participants in the packages increases, the price per participant decreases,” Mullis said.
He added that the GTA will also be launching a social media “Why I Love Guyana Campaign” for locals and foreigners to share their unique experiences at various hotspots. For young people, the Scavenger Hunt activity will see a comeback during November.
Minister of Business with responsibility for Tourism, Dominic Gaskin described this year’s Tourism Awareness Month as fitting. “It is most appropriate; I think the diversity that we want to celebrate and showcase to visitors can be seen all over Guyana. We are a diverse people with diverse cultures, cuisines and religions.”
The Tourism Minister added, “In terms of sustainability, I think that is something that has to be managed and promoted. Tourism is not automatically sustainable. Tourists are consumers and if we want to increase visitor arrivals in Guyana, we are looking at increasing consumerism in Guyana.”
This year’s Tourism Awareness Month is being celebrated under the theme: “Promoting sustainability and celebrating diversity.”
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