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

COMMUNITY NEWS: DUNKINEELY COMMUNITY LTD LAUNCH BASIC FIRST AID TRAINING COURSE

first_imgDunkineely Community News: Dunkineely Community Ltd is considering running 2 more courses in April/May after Easter. If you are interested in any of these, please contact the DCL office on 087 3421922 or 074 9737678.1) Basic First Aid – a full one day course held on a Saturday in April or May (12 people max) and/or a FETAC Level 5 First Aid 3 day course (10 people max) – – please contact DCL if you might be interested and let us know which Saturdays would work for you. 2) A six week course in either Upcycling or a Follow On Interior Design course with Sile Kelly €30 for the course. (The most popular of these two would run). This course will run subject to application for ETB part funding on the Community Education Support Programme.Cllr. Niamh Kennedy will be available for members of the community in DCL office, Dunkineely on Thursday evenings 5:30 – 7:30pm. Mobile: 087 2062336 Email: niamhkennedy@donegalcoco.ieKillaghtee Parish Good Friday WalkDunkineely Community Ltd in conjunction with the three churches in Killaghtee Parish is to hold a Good Friday walk on Friday 3rd April starting at Dunkineely Methodist Church at 1pm, pausing at Killaghtee Church of Ireland and finishing at Bruckless Chapel around 2pm. They are looking for members of the parish from all church backgrounds and none to join them as they carry a cross from Dunkineely to Bruckless to mark the special day of Christ’s death shared by all Church traditions. Don your walking boots, trainers, bring the children and make it a family outing if you wish. It’s a great opportunity for everyone to get together and take some exercise whilst remembering the meaning of Good Friday. Garda support will keep us safe on the main road, but once we reach Darney, the route leads along back roads and by Bruckless shore – many thanks to Joan Evans for allowing us through the grounds of Bruckless House. If you would like more details or to let the group know in advance you intend to walk, please phone the DCL Office on 074 9737678 or speak to one of the three clergy. Last year we were blessed by sunshine. Start your prayers now and we hope for more of the same! Dunkineely in Bloom ran very successfully last year with two workshops and over 30 competition entries. If you’d like to help make it bigger and better this year please contact DCL on 074 9737678 or dunkineelycommunity@gmail.comDunkineely Methodist Church joined with Ardara Methodist Church last Sunday for a live service broadcast on RTE Radio 1 Extra. This service can now be listened to on the RTE Player at http://www.rte.ie/radio1/service/ and look for the service from 15th March.Dunkineely Community Ltd (DCL) – Has a library of over 500 books from Children’s Literature, Teenage Fiction (The Fault in our stars), Classics (Jane Austen – Pride and Prejudice), Horror, Comedy, Booker-Prize etc. Rent a book from just 20c.Come into the office weekday mornings from 9:30am – 12:30pm and use the Internet (20c per half hour) or print or photocopy documents (20c per page).    COMMUNITY NEWS: DUNKINEELY COMMUNITY LTD LAUNCH BASIC FIRST AID TRAINING COURSE was last modified: March 16th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CommunityDunkineelyFeaturesNotesNoticeslast_img read more