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President of Guyana Donald Ramotar (centre) cuts the ribbon to officially open the Marriott Guyana yesterday. He is cheered on by Finance Minister Ashanti Singh and Marriott International executive, Brenda Durham. Photo: Pete Sankey, Jamaica Observer
The opening of the Guyana Marriott Hotel in Georgetown on 16 April is expected to significantly boost the country’s ability to host major conferences, according to Tourism Minister Irfaan Ali, the www.jamaicaobserver.com website reported.
Ali, who described the hotel’s opening as a transformation for the hospitality industry, said that Guyana in the past had to make way to its neighbour Trinidad and Tobago to host big conferences because of his country’s inability to meet the requirement with the number of luxury rooms required.
The tourism minister, in an interview with the Jamaica Observer, cited a case where investors from the Middle East flew into Guyana on their private jet for a meeting, return to overnight in the Trinidad capital, Port of Spain, then returned to Georgetown the following morning to continue the talks.
At the same time, Ali said the Government’s partnership with the Marriott for the building of the luxury 197-room hotel was part of a wider policy to expand the country’s tourism offering.
He said that, under the ruling PPP/Civic now led by President Donald Ramotar, the country’s hotel room capacity has moved from 600 in 2005 to 2,200 this year, and indicated that the administration would be continuing work to improve its tourism product as it seeks to provide more jobs and improve the economy.
“There are new five-star hotels being built as there is serious private sector interest,” he said.
In addition, he said the Government is now expanding the Cheddi Jagan International Airport — Guyana’s main gateway — to have it upgraded from a Category 2 to a Category 1 port by the United States’ Federal Aviation Administration. The work will also include expansion of the runway to accommodate large aircraft from the US and other major destinations.
Read the whole article at www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Marriott-Guyana-to-boost-country-s-conference-hosting-capacity_18766350
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