Corporate Guyana continues to show its support in promoting Guyana’s tourism product, with Fly Jamaica Airlines and the NEW GPC INC being the latest entities giving financial assistance for the staging of the Guyana Trade Show and Tourism Exposition to be held in New York and Canada later this month.
The expo will be held in the Toronto, Canada and New York to highlight what Guyana has to offer.
At a simple ceremony at the Tourism, Industry and Commerce Ministry on Monday, Fly Jamaica handed over a cheque worth G$ 512,500 to Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) Director Indranauth Haralsingh while the NEW GPC INC donated US$ 5000.
NEW GPC INC Marketing Manager Trevor Bassoo said his company has confidence in the staging and success of the trade show.
“ We believe that this is the event for the Guyanese diaspora and the wider international buyers and business investors as a whole, to see what opportunities lie in Guyana and more so, the capabilities of the Guyanese and to become familiar with some of the high quality produce that can be developed here,” Bassoo posited.
He said the NEW GPC has some 200 pharmaceutical products, which are sold in the Caribbean and North America. As such, he thinks the expo is a good medium through which the company can enhance awareness of the products they have to offer.
Meanwhile, Wings Aviation Limited Director/ Company Secretary Patricia Reece, who represented Fly Jamaica, also believes the event will greatly impact Guyana’s tourism industry.
“ Now that they (Fly Jamaica) will soon be beginning flights in Guyana as the minister said in July, this comes at the right time. I’m happy about the trade fair… because it will promote Guyana to a large extent to those who are there and hopefully some will be coming home on Fly Jamaica,” she said.
Acting Tourism Minister Irfaan Ali pointed out that the event is as a result of meetings with tour operators, travel agents and various leaders, who have noted the need for an occasion to bridge the gap between communities in the diaspora and Guyana, to promote local businesses.
“ We decided at that point to collaborate with the local private sector in an effort to ensure that we can create an opportunity where they can have access to a wide market and where they can come to a common goal in developing business relationships with the entities that can further expand their business potential,” the minister explained.
The minister welcomed the support of the two entities, adding that they have also received another US$ 5000 from Mohammed’s Enterprise, while Banks DIH Limited, the Beharry Group of Companies, Caribbean Airlines and Air Services Limited among others entities have indicated their intention to support the initiative.