Doubts over readiness of Casique Palace
Guyana Chronicle
February 3, 2007

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CASIQUE Palace, one of the two hotels the government paid in advance to secure rooming for Teams, Officials, Media and Sponsors (TOMS) for Cricket World Cup 2007, might not be ready in time, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Local Organising Committee (LOC), Mr. Karran Singh disclosed yesterday.

He said he was “not confident” about the hotel being ready in time but added that it would not be a necessity for the tournament in late March early April in Guyana.

Guyana is to host Super Eight matches of the tournament at the National Stadium in Providence, East Bank Demerara.

Buddy’s International Hotel, the other hotel expected to host TOMS officials, was given the thumbs up by Singh who told reporters it was all on stream for its grand opening this month.

According to information from the LOC, there is no problem with the hotel rooms for TOMS with one official confirming that all rooms for TOMS were secured.

Culture, Youth and Sport Minister, Dr. Frank Anthony said the LOC was making strides with accommodation.

He stated that Bed and Breakfast (B&B) had 1,654 registered rooms for the mega event and that some people from as far as Linden were willing to open their doors to the visitors.

He indicated that there was already training for B&B providers and as a plus, CLICO had come on board to support with home insurance for persons desirous of being B&B providers.

The LOC members said that with the known hotels in and around the city, other hotels were going up which were not on the database of the LOC and with the response of the B&B and the hotels they did not foresee a problem with accommodation.