17% increase recorded in tourism development sector

first_img…geared to create growth in Private Sector – Minister GaskinBusiness Minister with responsibility for tourism, Dominic Gaskin, in his address to the National Assembly during the budget debate, revealed that Guyana’s tourism sector has seen tremendous and steady growth over the years.According to Gaskin, there has been a 17 per cent increase over the same period when compared to last year. “This has been very good news to Guyana because visitors bring in money into our economy which, therefore, means that there will be more money circulating in that particular sector”.The Business Minister underscored that an additional 30,000 visitors arrived in Guyana throughout the year, which means that an additional US$15 million wasBusiness Minister Dominic Gaskinpumped into the country’s economy.“If we are to assume, an average visitor spends at least US$500 when they visit – which is extremely conservative – so if we look at all the figures in totality, tourism is expected to bring in US$150 million to be spent in our economy,” he explained.Further, Gaskin noted that the Government realised the importance of this sector and its capacity to create and sustain employment and the need to develop Guyana’s tourism product to keep increasing visitors arrivals. “We do recognise the economic opportunities that tourism can create in traditionally these advantage areas, such as the hinterland where the Indigenous population lives. This is why there has been a steady increase in the budgetary appropriation for the GTA [Guyana Tourism Authority] from $123 million in 2014 to over 300 million in 2019”.Moreover, the Minister anticipated that in 2019, the sector, which fell under the remit of the Business Ministry, will be “up to date” with the annual reports.“The main thrust of our tourism drive is to develop sustainable tourism in each administrative region, starting with areas identified by stakeholders as their tourism hotspot. We are seeking to make tourism a mean of improving lives in the communities where it takes place by making the communities the main beneficiaries of the visitor’s flow that they allocate,” Gaskin noted.Meanwhile, Minister of State, Joseph Hamilton condemned those who have peddled distasteful news about Guyana’s tourism sector. (Yanalla Dalrymple)last_img read more

Webjet to Europe and beyond

first_imgOnline travel agency Webjet have today announced plans which will see the company expand into the European market in 2011. A 50 per cent venture with World Aviation Services Limited Malta will help facilitate Webjet’s “global flight plan”, which will also include the launch of Webjet in Singapore and Hong Kong. The company have also announced the introduction of its Canadian operations following the launch of a Spanish language site in the United States. “The combination of these significant partnerships will significantly propel our development over the next several years,” Webjet managing director David Clarke said. “As part of these plans we are also substantially strengthening our management resources to ensure that the full focus is maintained on our core Australian business, simultaneously with the necessary resources to rapidly develop out international operations.” Additionally, Webjet have confirmed a major hotel supply arrangement with Hotel Club, which will effectively provide it with over 100,000 hotels worldwide. “Art of Online Marketing consultancy (aoom) is very excited to be able to support Webjet in its marketing efforts and its expanded hotel operations,” managing director Chloe Lim told e-Travel Blackboard. “We’re looking forward to being an integral part of Webjet’s growth strategy.” In planning for the last six months, today’s announcements signify the “largest strategic development” in Webjet’s history. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.Hlast_img read more