GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- In terms of tourist development, Guyana "is a
young country," according to Geoffrey Da Silva, minister of trade,
tourism and industry.
In an address to delegates at a recent ecotourism conference in
Guyana, sponsored by the Caribbean Tourism Organization, Da Silva
welcomed the opportunity to "get Guyana more into the tourist
Although the country is not known as a beach destination, which
may have deterred traditional tourists in the past, Da Silva is
optimistic that the current surge of interest in nature and
culture-oriented tourism could propel Guyana into the ecotourism
Indeed, Guyana "will make a voice that will roar within the
industry," Da Silva said.
Noel Lynch, CTO chairman, characterized Guyana as "an
ecotourist's dream come true."
While the development of tourist facilities and services is "a
challenge in a nation whose pockets are not too deep," Da Silva
said Guyana is committed to major changes in its approach to
One plan, slated for a test run by the end of the year, is the
implementation of a Guianas Trail program.
The plan will highlight the colonial aspects of the former
British, French and Dutch Guianas, now Guyana, Suriname and French
Tour operators will be invited to sample the program and offer