Archive for March, 2021

Wilderness Explorers Launches Its First Women Only Guyana Tour

Wilderness Explorers is delighted to launch its first scheduled women only tour which has been timed to take place in Guyana over International Women’s Day in 2022, starting on the 4th – 14th March 2022.

This group tour has been designed for like-minded women travellers throughout the country, escorted by our local female guide and meeting some of the strong female personalities in Guyana today. Starting in Georgetown, we go on a culinary journey with Chef Delven Adams who will join us for a street-food breakfast before visiting the Guyana Store and market to choose ingredients for a delicious lunch with him at his eclectic Backyard Café, made famous by Gordon Ramsay in his Uncharted programme to Guyana. Other highlights in the capital include a city tour to a boutique jewellery store to browse stunning designs of Guyanese myths, wildlife and scenery, the chance to handfeed manatees in the city’s National Park and a welcome dinner and rum with some local female speakers who will share insights into modern day life in Guyana.

We then fly to the south of the country, stopping for a cooking lesson and farm-to-table lunch with a female ranch-owner, before continuing to Karanambu Ranch, former home of the late Diane McTurk, one of the great female pioneers of tourism and conservation in Guyana whose legacy still lives on today. Here we will have amazing wildlife experiences, going out on the river in search of giant river otters and sipping rum punch at dusk in the oxbow lakes as we watch the giant waterlilies open and nature explode around us. Also, we have the chance to see giant anteater before breakfast, go on wildlife trails and spend time with the local guides, talking about conservation and life on a ranch in the vast Rupununi savannahs.

On March 8th, International Women’s Day, we journey by river and road to the award-winning community at Surama, stopping on the way for refreshments at a local roadside inn and visiting a local women’s co-operative as well as a local Amerindian community centre. In Surama you will experience Guyana through the eyes of a local, learning local cooking and handicraft skills as going out on the river in search of birds, monkeys and other wildlife. Here you will enjoy a cultural presentation given by some of the villagers on the life of the Macushi and have time to talk to some of the key women of the village. Travel deeper into the rainforest, stopping to look for the bright orange cock-of-the-rock birds, to Atta Rainforest Lodge, close to the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway which offers unrivalled views of the forest. Set in a clearing and home to many wonderful animals and birds including hummingbirds that come to the gardens, Atta Rainforest Lodge has charming rooms, ensuite garden showers, wildlife trails and offers the ultimate immersive Guyanese rainforest experience.

Our last stop in the interior is Iwokrama Lodge, where we will go on boat-trips, walk trails and hear about the important conservation work done here from local female guides and conservationists. We will then board a flight to Kaieteur Falls, Guyana’s jewel in the crown, and enjoy the amazing views and scenery of this unknown waterfall, five times the height of Niagara Falls. We will reboard the plane to Georgetown for local drinks and snacks at the home of a local conservationist before our farewell dinner and departure the next day.

The cost is US$5520 rack rate excluding international air fares based on twin share, rack single supplement is US$ 288. Minimum of 4 people – maximum of 16.

Booking details are available at www.wilderness-explorers.com,

For more information on the tour, contact info@wilderness-explorers.com or call tel: +592 227 7698

For more information on Guyana as a visitor destination, please visit www.guyanatourism.com

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International Women’s Day: Celebrating, Carla James

International Women’s Day is a day to reflect on progress made, call for change and celebrate acts of empowerment, courage and determination. For 2021, the theme of International Woman’s Day is #ChooseToChallenge and nowhere is this theme more prevalent than in the achievements of Carla James who in 2020 became the first indigenous women to assume the role of Director of the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA).

Ms. James, who is a proud Akawaio and native of Kamarang Village in the Upper Mazaruni Region (Region 7), was unanimously identified as the superior and most suitable candidate following a rigorous selection process. The director’s appointment marks a pivotal moment in the near 20-year history of the Guyana Tourism Authority and has been celebrated by indigenous peoples and women of all ethnicities throughout Guyana.

Speaking at her appointment, Donald Sinclair, the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Guyana Tourism Authority, stated: “Ms James is uniquely qualified to lead Destination Guyana as our new director of tourism. In her we have found a leader who is not only professionally well-versed in our destination and industry sector, but someone with tremendous national pride and heritage, both of which are essential components for strengthening our tourism strategy going forward. Her ascension to the role of director will also be a tremendous source of inspiration to many young women who now have proof that women of all ethnicities can shatter glass ceilings and go where previously they feared to tread.

It should also be noted that Ms. James assumed leadership during what is easily the most severe and dynamic time for the global tourism industry – COVID-19 crisis. Thus far, she has led her team through the implementation of an industry recovery strategy and pivoting actions based on the constantly evolving travel climate. This has seen the implementation of the GTA’s ‘Safe for Travel’ scheme which has been designed to allow Guyana to reopen to international tourism while keeping the safety of both the traveller and indigenous communities front of mind. Earlier in the pandemic, the director spearheaded a project that supplied COVID-19 Support Packages that included Ecolab cleaning and sanitation products, infrared thermometers, PPE equipment and more, to indigenous communities.

“Our work plays a significant role in helping to protect our precious natural landscapes and wildlife and it is a responsibility I do not take lightly. During a time when community is needed most, I seek to continue to support my own by continuing to push Destination Guyana forward alongside our valued industry partners,” said James.

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Turks and Caicos Islands Announces New Minister of Tourism

GRAND TURK, Turks and Caicos Islands (March 1, 2021) – Hon. Josephine Connolly was officially sworn in as Minister of Tourism, Environment, Heritage, Maritime, Gaming and Disaster Management for the Turks and Caicos Islands on Wednesday February 24, 2021. Hon. Connolly’s appointment was made by the newly elected Premier Hon. Charles Washington Misick following the Turks and Caicos Islands general election held on Friday February 19, 2021.

Commenting on her appointment Hon. Connolly stated, “I am honored to serve the Turks and Caicos Islands as the Minister of Tourism at this critical point. I look forward to working with our stakeholders and partners to ensure Turks and Caicos’ success as a tourism destination and to explore all opportunities for growth and development of the tourism sector. Tourism is the main economic driver for the Turks and Caicos Islands. I am committed to working to ensure the industry not only recovers, but also surpasses its current record as one of the leading luxury destinations in the Caribbean.”

Hon. Connolly started business in Providenciales in 1991, Tropical Auto Rentals Ltd (car hire), Connolly Motors Ltd. (retail car parts), 88.1FM (radio station), Connolly Services Ltd (Western Union) and Connolly Kia Ltd (Kia distributer).

Between 2004 and 2010 Hon. Connolly attended the University of Central Lancashire, obtaining a BSc in Management and Politics and MSc in Human Resource Management.

In July 2012 she was elected as one of the five all-island members of the House of Assembly and subsequently was elected as Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly. In 2016 she was again elected as an all-island member. In 2021 she was elected for a third term as an all-island member and is now serving as Minister of Tourism.

Hon. Connolly has been active in assisting her community both through her charitable activities as a volunteer with the Cancer Society, an organizer of “In The Pink”.

Hon. Connolly has been married for twenty-eight years and has two adult children. She is President of the Girl Guides Association, patron of the Soroptimists, a member of the Turks & Caicos Real Estate Association (TCREA) and a member of the Certified Institute for Personnel Development (CIPD).

For more information on the Turks and Caicos Islands please visit our official website https://turksandcaicostourism.com/.

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Anguilla Tourist Board’s Jameel Rochester Appointed as Destination Experience Manager

The Valley, Anguilla, February 26, 2021:  Mr. Kenroy Herbert, Chairman of the Anguilla Tourist Board (ATB), is pleased to announce the promotion of Mr. Jameel Rochester to the position of Destination Experience Manager, effective February 1st, 2021.  In his new capacity, Mr. Rochester will be responsible for engaging with Tourism stakeholders to develop and manage the on-island visitor experience, including all elements of Anguilla’s Tourism Product – accommodations, activities, services and attractions, entertainment, arts and nature events.

Prior to assuming the Destination Experience Manager position, Mr. Rochester served as the Assistant Manager, Destination Experience for the Anguilla Tourist Board.  He first joined the Board in February 2018, acting in the capacities of Marketing Officer and Manager, Corporate Affairs and charged with the implementation of marketing programs. He assisted with the planning, organizing and execution of familiarization visits for travel writers, travel agents, visitors to the island, and conducted a series of island wide community outreach programs.

“Jameel Rochester has excelled in his previous capacity and demonstrated that he is more than ready to assume the increased responsibility that comes as the head of the division,” stated Mr. Herbert. “He has earned this promotion, and we must acknowledge talent and reward achievement within the organization,” he continued.

Mr. Rochester will be responsible for developing and implementing Anguilla’s destination development strategy, which includes both leisure and business (MICE) sectors. He is also charged with developing strategies to promote specific niche markets, such as Sports Tourism and Cruise Tourism, managing the relationship between the public and private sectors.

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