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Tourism is vital to the Caribbean economy – By David Jessop

The View from Europe: Tourism is vital to the Caribbean economy

Published on February 25, 2017   By David Jessop

David Jessop

David Jessop

“Tourism is a vital sector to the economies of member states.” So said Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heads of government in the communiqué that followed their recent inter-sessional meeting in Georgetown, Guyana.

Taken at face value the statement is unremarkable, even obvious; but the language chosen, its inclusion, and the recommendations made in relation to the challenges the industry faces, suggest that tourism’s significance to the region’s long term economic growth and stability has at last been formally recognised.       Continue reading

Visionary Amerindian leader, Sydney Allicock is a ‘Special Person’

Visionary Amerindian leader, Sydney Allicock is a ‘Special Person’

Sydney Allicock

Sydney Allicock

October 10, 2010 | By KNews | By Neil Marks

“Sydney Allicock is clearly recognised as one of the most respected and dedicated leaders in Guyana and this is clearly seen in the vast number of meetings (nationally and internationally) that he is called on to represent the Indigenous point of view…” – Iwokrama Director

Sydney Allicock has been called a hero; some have even suggested he run for President. The respect he commands is no pretence. He has earned it.
Even if his work wasn’t done silently – since there was always some recognition of what he was doing in the North Rupununi for the advancement of his people – it was his being named the Public & Civic Contributions 2010 Laureate of the Anthony N. Sabga Awards, which catapulted Sydney into the limelight.    Continue reading

Trinidad – Promotional Video

Another CARICOM member – featured by Guyanese Online

Trinidad – Promotional Video

A promotional video for Trinidad with a focus on the island’s leisure activities, festivals, celebrations, tourism attractions, entertainment, cuisine, eco-tourism activities and much more!

Produced by Cameraworks Productions International
Caribbean Office: 24 Luis Street, Woodbrook, Port of Spain, Trinidad

Team in Guyana to shoot documentary for History Channel

Boosting local eco-tourism internationally… E-mail
Written by Whitney Persaud (Guyana Chronicle)
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 23:40
Team here to shoot documentary for History Channel
A TEAM of international explorers/cast members working for the television History Channel arrived in Guyana yesterday to work on an eight-part documentary series which will highlight the pristine beauty of this country’s natural resources. 

Acting Tourism Minister Irfaan Ali with the President of New Rivers Holding Guyana Incorporated, Tim Evans, at left, and supervising producer Scott Madden.

This initiative is expected to be of unprecedented benefit to the local tourism sector and pave the way for the creation of more international markets in the area of eco-tourism.
The History Channel was made aware of Guyana’s rich resources through New Rivers Holding Guyana Incorporated, an organisation that has, over the years, been searching for areas of exploration to promote eco-tourism locally.
Acting Tourism Minister, Mr. Irfaan Ali, briefing the media at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport yesterday morning, said the project is one that is welcomed without hesitation, as it is seen as a further boost to the country’s economy. Continue reading

Wild Guyana – by Mike Charles

Wild Guyana – by Mike Charles

Mike Charles has been a helicopter pilot in Guyana for over 25 years. The three (3) DVDs;  (1) Guyana Yours to Discover, (2) Wild Guyana, and the most recent release (3) Pictures of Guyana include unique footage as recorded by Mike Charles and presented in spectacular, unscripted form.

Please go to his web site and see the videos and buy his DVD’s.

Website:   http://www.wildguyana.com/

Rapping with Mike Charles

Written by Parvati Persaud-Edwards (Guyana Chronicle online)

Mike Charles’ story is one of dedication, determination and duty to country.

Mike Charles was born to parents who pursued an ordinary, simple lifestyle, and lived at Soesdyke on the East Bank of Demerara.

After graduating from Covent Garden Secondary School, Charles joined the Guyana Defence Force in 1981 as a cadet officer. He was then 18 yrs old.

At the age of nineteen he had attained the rank of 2nd Lieutenant and was appointed officer-in-charge of a location on the Guyana-Venezuelan border twice between 1982 and in the first quarter of 1984.

Recalling the danger-filled environment, Charles said that he had to assert maximum control in order to maintain discipline of junior ranks much older than himself at those remote border locations.

However, in that alien environment, where he walked the trails in equal measure with his men, he retained the respect of the men because he was not an authoritarian figure, but interrelated well with the men under his command, without losing or compromising his authority.

In 1984, Charles was one of eleven (11) officers the army sent to be trained as pilots at Flight Safety International, which is located at Vero Beach in Florida, USA. Charles was trained as a helicopter and an aeroplane pilot.

Charles is the only pilot who remained with the GDF to serve his country.

Upon completion of his aviation training he was eventually assigned to fly a series of helicopters operated by the GDF. The Bell-412 was one of those helicopters, which he asserts is the best helicopter he has ever flown.

He recalled one incident a few years ago, when he was flying President Jagdeo and an entourage to various parts of the country during a meet-the-people tour by the President and some of his ministers.

Recalling what he describes as one of the most harrowing flights of his career, Charles said that, after the President had met with people at Black Bush Polder and at Ithaca, it started to get dark and he had not completed his itinery.

It was after sunset and many people were still waiting to meet President Jagdeo at Bath Settlement on the West Coast of Berbice. The President was adamant about not disappointing the people, despite the fact that the designated landing area, which was the Bath Community Centre Ground, had been completely flooded out due to heavy rainfall.

Charles landed in an empty lot along the roadside instead – an exercise which involved dextrous manoeuvrings to avoid coming into contact with electrical wires and trees, which enabled the President to meet with a wildly-enthusiastic crowd which had waited patiently for hours for that meeting.

However, despite the aircraft being fully-equipped to fly at night, the prevailing conditions in the empty lot were not conducive for a safe takeoff with a full load, so while the President and his aides were conducting the meeting, Charles lifted off from the confined space of the empty lot and landed on the public roadway, which gave him greater leverage for takeoff with a full load of passengers.

He said that villagers came out with torches and assisted in stopping the traffic long enough for the operation to be successfully completed.

Charles recalled another instance when he had to sacrifice personal considerations for duty.

He said that he had been flying the President back to Georgetown after he had seen Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez, off at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Timehri, when he observed that the funeral cortege of his father was winding its way from Georgetown to their family home in Soesdyke on the East Bank of Demerara.

He nevertheless completed his duty before returning home for his father’s funeral, with no-one being any the wiser of his personal ordeal.

Charles is extremely regretful that the Bell 412 helicopter, with which he has shared many exciting adventures, is sitting idly in a hangar at Timehri.

He is adamant that the Bell 412 should not be sold or traded as is intended because it is still the best helicopter Guyana has ever owned and can still serve this country for many more years into the future.

He is currently crusading for the Bell 412 to be retained by this Government because he is fully convinced that the helicopter would be hard to replace – costwise, and also because of its peculiar capabilities.  He considers that it would be a historic aviation mistake if we get rid of the Bell 412 helicopter.

Mike Charles, after a stint of approximately thirty years with the army, having attained the position of the most senior Helicopter pilot in the GDF, is due for retirement in 2010.

The adventures of Mike Charles are the stuff of little boys’ dreams and would fill several volumes, and this newspaper intends to serialize those stories so that they can be recorded for posterity.

Tour of Guyana reveals Harpy Eagles ….

Tour of Guyana reveals Harpy Eagles, endless rainforest and authentic indigenous cultures

Wednesday, April 7, 2010 –  GEORGETOWN, Guyana – The group had already been huddled 80 feet beneath a Harpy Eagle’s nest for more than an hour when it started to pour down rain. It was well past lunchtime, but when asked if they wanted to leave, the keen birdwatchers responded, “We’re not ready to dip on the Harpy.”.…. read more….