Guyana receives top award for eco-tourism

first_imgGuyana has been named the number one “Best of Ecotourism” destination in the world. The award was presented to Guyana at the ITB global travel trade fair in Berlin, Germany.The second annual “Best of Top 100” Awards is a selection of the finest top 100 destinations selected by a panel of experts who reviewed sustainability success stories submitted by destinations worldwide.The newly created “Best of Ecotourism” category was added in 2019 and puts Guyana up against very well-known and experienced ecotourism destinations, such as Sierra Gorda in Mexico, Tmatboey in Cambodia, and the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador.The announcement was made on Thursday evening at Berlin’s Messe Berlin exhibition grounds by Albert Salman, President of Green Destinations Foundation. Brian T Mullis, Director of the Guyana Tourism Authority was in attendance to accept the award on behalf of Guyana.Director of the Guyana Tourism Authority, Brian T Mullis and Nicola Balram pose with the prestigious award“Guyana has expended considerable effort in recent years not only to develop new and innovative eco-friendly tourism products as a part of the national Green State Development Strategy, but also to incorporate sustainable tourism best practices into all aspects of its strategy, planning and programming while educating the world about its deep commitment to maximising the positive socio-economic and conservation outcomes from tourism,” said Mullis. He continued, “It is a tremendous honour for us to be recognised globally alongside our fellow leaders in eco- and sustainable tourism.”Guyana is positioned as the next must-see destination for travellers. With daily non-stop flights already available from New York, Miami and Toronto and direct routes available from Europe through sister Caribbean countries, and it being the only English-speaking country in South America, travellers can experience vibrant Indigenous culture, rich history, and hospitable and friendly people in the language both parties know best. Guyana has also recently become the first country to adopt the Adventure Travel Trade Association’s International Adventure Travel Guide Qualification and Performance Standards.When asked about Guyana’s selection as number one in the “Best of Ecotourism” category, Albert Salman, President of the Green Destinations Foundation said “The Top 100 Awards Jury was impressed by the dossier prepared by the Guyana Tourism Authority for the Top 100-nomination and by the success stories submitted of Surama and Rewa.Both these eco lodges have ambitious and admirable goals and successes, are community-owned and led, and aim at preserving Guyana’s ecosystems and Indigenous traditions. The Jury also liked that Guyana has a policy of a ‘Green, Inclusive and Prosperous Guyana’ that provides a good quality of life for all its citizens based on a sound education and social protection, low-carbon resilient development, green and decent jobs, economic opportunities, individual equality, justice, and political empowerment.’”last_img read more

Winning title will be harder than last year, says Silva

first_img0Shares0000Bernardo Silva says defending the title will be harder than ever for Manchester City © AFP / Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 31 – Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva claims winning the title this season would be an even better achievement than their record-breaking triumph last term.Pep Guardiola’s side smashed a host of Premier League milestones as they finished 19 points clear of second-placed Manchester United. And, while they haven’t hit those heights so far this season, City are firmly in the hunt to win the title again.A 1-0 win at Tottenham on Monday lifted them back to the top of the table, above Liverpool on goal difference.It was their eighth win from 10 games and their sixth successive clean sheet, but Silva has the feeling it will be much tougher for City to remain on top this season.“I think it will be harder because last season nobody was expecting us to win as many games and to reach that level of points, so this season the teams know they have to do better to beat us,” Silva said.“Of course it will be very hard, but we will work every game to get the three points and at the end of it try and celebrate winning one more Premier League.“I think either Chelsea and Liverpool are contenders, they are very strong, Arsenal as well.“Even Tottenham, even though they lost, they’re still contenders.”What makes City’s quest slightly easier is the fact they have already visited Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham and have come away unscathed, with seven points.Portugal midfielder Silva says it could be important to have picked up points in these games ahead of the return fixtures, which will come over the title run-in.“I think that’s important to win these games, to have a draw away at Anfield, to win at the Emirates and now here at Wembley, it’s important,” he said.“But still they have to come to play us at the Etihad, which is a bit better for us.“It’s still the beginning of the season and anything can happen, we have to keep strong and with the ambition of winning every game and never relax.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more