Bed and Breakfast programme closes with target achieved
March 14, 2007
THE Bed and Breakfast (B&B) programme, initiated in January 2006 to complement accommodation and hospitality services during Cricket World Cup (CWC) 2007, has been officially closed.
At the closure, the facilitating Local Organising Committee (LOC) had recorded in excess of 2,030 registered rooms, some extending as far as Linden in Region 10 (Upper Demerara/Berbice) and Golden Grove, East Coast Demerara, in Region Four (Demerara/Mahaica), surpassing the initial 2,000 target, the Government Information Agency (GINA) reported.
GINA said the rooms are in different categories, ranging from double or twin bedrooms with air condition, television and other amenities; locations within prime zones and reasonable proximity to the (Providence) stadium or those shared by the visitor and the proprietor, all providing breakfast.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr. Karran Singh told GINA that, from the inception, the LOC made a substantial input to create the link between the proprietor and the visitor.
He said all accredited rooms have been inspected by assessment teams from the B&B Secretariat and a website was created to showcase them to visitors.
Proprietors also took advantage of the loan system offered by Scotiabank, official bank for CWC, for remodelling their homes while others prepared theirs in anticipation of receiving visiting relatives, Singh said.
He said proprietors who are still uncertain about the scheme can contact the B&B Secretariat or check its website for clarification.
Singh said, while offering a comfortable environment for visitors to Guyana during CWC, the B&B venture is also intended to allow Guyanese to share their hospitality.
GINA said the LOC facilitated the overall planning and execution of various facilities for CWC, including accommodation and hospitality, public relations and marketing, local government and civil society, transportation and communication, security, health and emergency services.