Canada-based group pledges to promote Guyana tourism
July 28, 2003
A CANADA-based group has taken pictures of Guyana’s boundless savannahs, neat resorts and picturesque sunset against remote interior mountains to promote this country as a destination waiting to be discovered.
President of Chinese Business Association of Toronto, Mr. Iain Shao and Guyanese in Canada, Mr. Seeraj Ragnauth and Mr. Sham Satrohan captured the scenes on digital cameras during a recent four-day familiarisation visit.
They said they would reproduce and share the images with the rest of the world within two weeks through worldwide web sites and television.
The Government Information Agency (GINA) said Shao was extremely impressed with the sites they visited, including the world famous Kaieteur Falls.
Shao said, although he had previously seen photographs taken in this country, his journey was “well worth” it, indeed.
“Eco-tourism is the strength of Guyana,” he declared, adding that tourists need to experience the Amazon region and its many waters and wildlife, attractions not present at other regional tourist sites.
Shao pledged to spread the word about Guyana’s tourism product to acquaintances and members of the Toronto business community, saying he completed a “remarkable and safe” visit.
He said he established links with several local tour operators and plans to present Guyana in an affordable packaged form to his associates.
Shao said he found Guyana’s interior to be a far superior destination than in Costa Rica, St Lucia and Florida.
Ragnauth, a former employee of Pete’s Caribbean Fusion, is in the tourism and marketing field and visited Guyana on several occasions, since migrating 10 years ago, because of his commitment to and love for this country.
He said he wants others to experience what he feels, sees and hears whenever he is here.
Satrohan, who is Ragnauth’s cousin, left here 25 years ago and is now engaged in information technology (IT) but made four visits here in recent months because he “can’t get enough of Guyana.”
Satrohan and Ragnauth said the Guyanese diaspora in Toronto need to be convinced about Guyana’s development and the two plan to work on reversing negative impressions about this country to which they want to remigrate sometime in the future, GINA reported.