GUYANA: Georgetown: With numerous landmarks and attractions; Kingston touted as potential tourism site

A section of the Kingstown Seawalls (Photo: Visit Guyana)

News Room Guyana: November 17, 2021.
Kingston, in north Georgetown, at the mouth of the Demerara River, is replete with numerous landmarks and attractions and Minister of Tourism, Industry and Commerce Oneidge Walrond has touted this area as a potential tourism site.

In this small area of Georgetown, the development of two major hotels- the Marriott and Pegasus– occupy the waterfront area.       

The ‘We, the First People’ indigenous mural at the Canadian High Commission at Kingston, Georgetown. It reads ‘Welcome to the High Commission of Canada’ in the Akawaio indigenous language (Photo: News Room)

There are also numerous buildings, some with architecture reminiscent of Guyana’s colonial past and some that illustrate modern development in Guyana.

These include the American Embassy, the Canadian High Commission, the Court of Appeal, the official residence of the Bishop of the Anglican Diocese in Guyana and the Red House, which was the Official Residence of one of Guyana’s Founding Fathers Dr. Cheddi Jagan, and is now the Cheddi Jagan Research Centre.

Minister Walrond says that the area is a tourism package waiting to be exploited. She said this last November at the unveiling of an indigenous mural at the Canadian High Commission in Kingston. This mural, she said, only adds to the numerous landmarks and attractions in the area.

And, the Minister posited, “I think that visitors to the hotels, which are within a stone’s throw of this spot, could be persuaded to spend an hour or two on a guided tour of historical Kingston.”

Other notable attractions in this area include the lighthouse, which allows visitors to enjoy an aerial view of Georgetown and the Atlantic Ocean.

The well-known ‘I love Guyana’ sign in Kingston Georgetown (Photo: News Room)

There is also the Umana Yana, signifying a traditional indigenous meeting place; the African liberation monument; the Guyana Marine turtle monument and more recently, the ‘I love Guyana’ and ‘One Guyana’ signs.

“…a worthwhile tourism experience can be made with a mini excursion within these few square blocks,” Walrond declared.

There are few local tour operators that have done guided tours of Georgetown, but Walrond stated that a concerted effort would unearth a greater historical significance of the area and carefully craft an attractive tourism package.

She also made mention of First Lady Arya Ali’s seawall beautification project. This project is expected to see the Kingston seawall area transformed with food kiosks, a boardwalk and other features.

An artist’s impression of the Kingston seawall beautification project (Photo: Office of the First Lady). This project is now well advanced.

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  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 01/22/2022 at 2:45 pm

    It saddens me to think that this beautiful section of the Kingston Seawall will one day be reclaimed by the sea.

    • brandli62  On 01/23/2022 at 9:33 am

      Until then however, we should make sure that this section of GT is clean and safe for everyone to enjoy day and night. I was there last November and the beach is a mess and there is garbage every where. The beach should to be cleaned on a daily basis. Security also needs to be increase that people and tourist feel safe. Is he Ali administration willing to spend the money to make this vision true?

  • wally n  On 01/23/2022 at 10:21 am

    The same people willing to adjust the earths temperature, would walk pass this every day. Garbage removal is a continuous process, today has to be collected and disposed, so many containers can be easily placed around the ares, assuming it has somewhere to be disposed, else just shifting crap.
    Security is an easier problem to fix, has a lot to do with perception, in places like Florida, police presence is always there, don’t always see them until they are needed, they try very hard not to present a police state, and value tourism, willing to spend, to maintain low crime levels.
    Conclusion..clean up your back yard, and roll out a 2022 Bongo Squad?

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