Guyana SPEAKS: Travel and Tourism In Guyana – London UK- Sunday November 24. 2019

Dear Friends,

Many of you will have seen the Guardian newspaper article by Kevin Rusby: We want to keep our Forest: Why Guyana’s Wilderness Needs Visitors and his wonderful descriptions of trees festooned with ferns, creepers and orchids; of a jungle full of treasures and jewel-like birds in splendid emerald and sapphire livery.  It’s impossible to read it without feeling nostalgic for Guyana.            .

As Eco-tourism grows in popularity, Guyana can look forward to becoming one of the world’s leading green destinations. On Sunday, 24th November (2pm-5pm) our distinguished guests – Kayla de Freitas, Carl Browne and Carinya Sharples – will speak on the topic of travel and tourism from different perspectives. Please see below for their bios.

Speakers Bios:

Kayla de Freitas is from the Rupununi region in Guyana, a ‘frontier’ area close to the Brazilian border. She has been involved in a variety of activities in the region including tourism, conservation and research. From a young age she was involved in her family’s tour operations, Rupununi Trails and this instilled in her a passion for conservation. She is involved with a grassroots organisation, the South Rupununi Conservation Society and has worked with Conservation International Guyana on community development plans. She is currently at Royal Holloway, University of London pursuing a PhD in Human Geography. Kayla will offer a brief history on tourism and talk about the Rupununi Trails, the pioneer adventure tourism and family-run tour operator.

Carl Anthony Browne, a former radio broadcaster in Guyana, has been on the staff of the Guyana High Commission for over 20 years. As the ‘go to’ person with regard to tourism within the GHC he has a wealth of knowledge on Guyana’s tourism. With his own YouTube channel (Carl Anthony Browne) Carl’s Guyana focused videos have been shared and viewed by thousands. His annual participation in the London based World Travel Market, where Guyana is showcased to the world’s travel industry, has given him a unique insight into the travel demands of the public today. Carl will share clips of his videos and speak on the current direction of the tourism industry in Guyana today.

Carinya Sharples is a freelance journalist, writer and teacher. She has spent the last three years living and working in Guyana, getting to know the country – particularly her father’s home city, Georgetown. She recently returned to London to do a Masters in Creative Writing and Education at Goldsmiths University. Carinya will be sharing her tips and experiences of travelling in Guyana.

REMINDER: Please remember to pre-book food by Thursday, 21st November at the latest.

Many thanks as usual for your continuing support.  I look forward to seeing you at the Classic.

With best regards,
Juanita Cox
Co-Founder: Guyana SPEAKS

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