THAG launches `Paint Up Guyana’ campaign
Guyana Chronicle
November 11, 2006

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THE Tourism and Hospitality Association of Guyana (THAG) is encouraging Guyanese to beautify their homes and businesses in its `Paint Up Guyana’ campaign for Cricket World Cup 2007.

The `Paint Up Guyana’ campaign was launched yesterday.

President of THAG, Ms Cathy Hughes, told reporters the campaign, initiated in association with all major manufacturers and distributors of paint in Guyana, is an innovative programme which allows all Guyanese, commercial/private businesses, residents, civic organisations and non-governmental organisations (NGO) to purchase paint at discount prices.

She said, for instance, the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) on Thursday commenced a major clean-up campaign of the city and THAG recognises that the hosting of games for Cricket World Cup 2007 can impact positively on the future of Guyana as a recognised international tourism destination.

A competition will begin November 13 and run until 1 February and everyone is invited to participate -- residents, shops, all businesses, hotels, and restaurants, she said.

Hughes said participants must provide proof of residency such as Guyana Power and Light Company (GPL), Guyana Water Inc. (GWI) or a Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T) bills.

She explained that to be eligible to enter, applicants must visit the offices of THAG at Lot 157 Waterloo Street, Georgetown and must submit a “before” picture of the building they intend to paint.

An official discount voucher from THAG will be given to participants for submission to one of five participating paint companies of his or her choice, which will facilitate the purchase of paint at a discount price, she told reporters.

Hughes warned that participating paint companies, such as Harris, Penta, Continental, Sissons and Berger Paints, will not provide discount prices without the supporting discount voucher from THAG.

She noted that those interested in the `Paint Up Guyana’ campaign can return to the THAG office with an “after” photograph of the finished building and enter the big prize draw competition for day and overnight trips to Arrowpoint, Baganara Resorts and Kaieteur Falls.

A representative from Harris Paints, Mr. Rawle Collins, and Ms. Pamela Ho-Yow of Penta Paints, were at the press conference at the THAG office in Georgetown.