Category Archives: Tourism / Entertainment

GUYANA: US$100M Radisson Blu Hotel coming to Giftland

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– Roy Beepat lauds ‘phenomenal’ business climate

OWNER of the Giftland Mall Roy Beepat on Friday announced that plans are afoot to build a 12-storey, 400-room, multibillion-dollar Radisson Blu Hotel next to the Giftland Mall.

The Radisson Blu is one of seven distinctive hotel brands under the US-headquartered Radisson Hotel Group, one of the largest and most dynamic hotel groups in the world, with over 1,100 hotels in destinations globally.          Continue reading

MUSIC: The Tradewinds Saga – By Dave Martins + Music video ‘Honeymooning Couple’

By Dave Martins –  November 15, 2020 – Stabroek News

Following a recent gyaff with my long-time Guyanese musician friend George Jardim, who was asking me about the emergence of the Tradewinds band, I wrote a few lines which I later saw as well-suited to this SO IT GO column. Here is what I wrote George:

Okay, Jardim. Soon after migrating to Toronto in 1955, and seeing all the entertainment spots operating there, six nights a week, I had my mind set on that market and a year or so after I landed I started a four-piece combo, The Latins, doing the usual Guyana mix of Latin, MOR pop, and kaiso.        Continue reading

OPINION: Don’t Eat Inside a Restaurant – By Olga Khazan | The Atlantic 

 The risk of catching the coronavirus is much higher indoors. 

Olga Khazan | The Atlantic 

Thinking too hard about saliva can really ruin a nice meal. And to eat inside a restaurant in 2020 requires ignoring the harsh reality of drool: The residue left behind by a chip dipped in a shared bowl of guacamole, the flecks of spit flung loose by a drunken laugh, and the veritable make-out session that is sampling someone else’s cocktail.

The unfortunate ubiquity of mucus is why restaurants – it brings me no pleasure to report – are contributing to the spread of the coronavirus. Indoor public places, including restaurants, played a significant role in the spread of COVID-19 this spring, according to scientific analyses of cellphone data.      Continue reading

The View from Europe: Cruise lines facing a much-changed future – By David Jessop

By David Jessop

From Bridgetown’s Carlisle Bay to England’s south-west coastal town of Weymouth, cruise ships berthed offshore and out of service have become a familiar sight.

Their presence brings a daily reminder of the economic challenge that faces the Caribbean in a year that has seen visitor arrival numbers collapse, cruise ship calls all but cease, and revenues from tourism hugely diminished.

Since March 14, almost every cruise vessel that sails out of the US to the region has been under a ‘no sail’ order from the US authorities.  Continue reading

Guyana Cultural Association of NY- ‘Pot Turn Down Lunch’- Saturday November 23. 2020 – NYC

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21: 12 – 5.00 P.M.                   Continue reading

Commentary: STEEL MEN – Setting the record straight! – By Dave Martins

  — By Dave Martins

 When you live a long life as I have, in some ways, because of the huge amount of passing time involved, the limits of the brain will come into play and you forget chunks – sometimes trivia, but also very important pieces – of what you went through or learned or overcame, and it takes a remark from a friend, or a reference you see in the press, to remind you of an episode, or even a response to a song, in your own life that should have great relevance for you.  My musician friend George Jardim, here in Guyana, often comes up with a reference to something, or some aspect of something, that hits me like a slap in the face.  “Oh rant, budday…I had forget all about dat.”    Continue reading

OPINION: Tourism Dependency: The Curse of the Caribbean -By Bert Hoffmann

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Iwokrama Canopy Walkway | In the heart of Guyana’s Rainforest

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By Bert Hoffmann

No region depends more on tourism than the Caribbean. Now, during the corona crisis, it’s deserted and vulnerable.

Of the twenty (20) countries in the world that depend most on tourism, eleven (11) are in the Caribbean. Everyone longs to be there. Now, however, borders are sealed, planes grounded and cruise ships stranded at sea. The COVID-19 crisis has plunged the Caribbean into an existential crisis that seriously challenges its development model. In recent decades, countries in the region were optimized for globalization. But now the globalized economy is imploding and they have got to figure out how to survive.        Continue reading

VIDEOS : DRIVE IN 50 CITIES: We can still travel while staying home…..

DRIVE IN 50 CITIES – Driving thru Big Cities Worldwide…. Fascinating !

We can still travel while staying home. 

You can set the speed of the vehicle, street noise and music. Or turn off the music and listen to the street noise. 

 You can drive in 50 cities around the world and spend as much time in any one of them while “driving”.          Continue reading

TRAVEL – CORONAVIRUS: Is the office obsolete? Many travelers hope so – National Geographic

As the pandemic drags on, remote workers see unexpected opportunities to become digital nomads.

BY JACKIE SNOW- PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 23, 2020 – NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

ARTHUR DEANE NEVER imagined that the digital nomad lifestyle—traveling the world while working remotely—was for him. As a senior manager for tech giant Google, he thought being in an office was essential for the job. But the pandemic changed that.

Four months of working from his apartment in Washington, D.C., had him going stir crazy and needing to get out. After researching places where Americans were allowed to travel and reasonable safety precautions seemed to be in place, he jetted to Aruba for a week in July.

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