Over the years, foreign and local entrepreneurs continue to demonstrate unyielding faith in Guyana’s economy and are surley rewarded with pleasing profits and opportunities for continued growth.
In various sectors, there have been relatively new businesses entering the local markets. Here is a profile of some of these companies.
Guyana’s telecommunications sector has seen the continued viability of several call centres and a new one is hoping to boost the industry.
Only established in April, 2015, on Camp and Robb Streets, “Teleperformance” is a new multichannel contact center hoping to bring a diverse and professional service to the local market.
It is expected to add a whopping 1500 jobs to the economy when fully operational.
The nearly 50,000 square foot facility aspires to improve the provision of high-quality customer care, sales, and technical support solutions to its clients in English from a near shore location.
According to the Teleperformance Chief Executive Officer Jeff Balagna, its decision to expand into Guyana is premised on the country possessing three attractive features; “an educated workforce, robust infrastructure and a stable environment.”
The Hotel Industry
Guyana Marriott Hotel Georgetown
Guyana’s hotel industry has been placed a step higher on the international scene with the addition of the state-of-the-art five-star hotel — The Guyana Marriott Hotel Georgetown.
The Marriott International Inc. has been a consistent leader in the hospitality sector since 1927 with more than 3,900 properties, 18 brands, and associates which are managed and franchised properties around the world.
It was founded by J. Willard and Alice Marriott and guided by Marriott family leadership for more than 80 years. The company’s headquarters is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and reported revenues of nearly $13 billion in 2013.
It is known globally for its culture of “putting people first” and its presence in Guyana is significant, not only for the tourism sector but for the economy of the country as a whole.
The Hotel which is located at Battery Road, Kingston offers a captivating experience filled with scenic views of the Demerara River meeting the Atlantic Ocean and an overview of the city’s splendor.
It has 197 guest rooms and suites perfectly complemented by all the modern day amenities. These include high-speed Internet access, key card security, business center, pool, fitness center, Express Check-in/Check-out, concierge services, flexible meeting facilities and services complemented by Marriott’s renowned meeting expertise.
Xenon Hotel opens in Georgetown
With the Cheddi Jagan Airport Expansion Project nearing completion , Guyana is already poised to facilitate a greater influx of tourists. To further boost tourism, plans already on stream, the hotel industry is seeing the emergence of new players.
Just a few weeks ago, The Xenon Hotel on Albert Street opened its doors to the public. It will serve to harmonize with the 704 entertainment complex which is only a stone’s throw away.
But the multi-million dollar brand is no stranger to this sector. In fact, its Georgetown location represents its first branch from its chief location in Charity on the Essequibo Coast.
The lavish hotel setting sees 29 exquisite rooms inclusive of four suites with all the possible facilities available. These include; hot and cold water, air conditioned rooms, free Wi-Fi, cable television and adequate parking.
With 30 solid years of experience under its belt, there is no doubt that the venture will prove to be successful, as its attractive packages for visitors inclusive of affordable rates are already becoming the talk of the city.
‘Marble Slab Creamery’
Rarely anyone complains when businesses pursue efforts to make life sweeter, particularly in the literal sense. With this in mind, it comes as no surprise that the opening of the ‘Marble Slab Creamery’ on America Street in downtown, Georgetown in April attracted an immediate rush. It is the brain child of Managing Director of the Gravity Lounge, Navin Singh.
Though there are some notable competitors in the frozen confectionary sector like Brusters and Dairy Queen, the Marble Slab is already proving that it has what it takes to lead the industry. It provides approximately 70 flavours along with 13 different toppings, which will rotate on a weekly basis.
Cream-fanatics are already lauding the company for its extensive assortment of top quality ice-cream flavours and eye-catching blends at reasonable prices.
The Marble Slab Creamery has been serving super-premium and hand-mixed ice creams since 1983 and in Guyana, every batch of this superior-quality ice cream has been freshly made in small batches in the store, using ingredients from around the world and dairy from local farms.
Marble Slab Creamery products are revered by consumers all over the world. Other locations can be found in Lebanon, Mexico, Oman, Saudi Arabia, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, and the United States.
M. Delight Restaurant
Exploring new food can often turn out to be a pleasing experience and for the lovers of exotic cuisine, M. Delight caters to this almost perfectly.
It is the most recent addition to the top-notch restaurants in Guyana and its Mediterranean delicacies are already receiving raving reviews.
The Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Mustafa Kanakir, takes much pleasure in being the first to bring to the local shores, foods with origins from Syria and Lebanon all prepared by two certified Syrian chefs.
With a spacious and exquisite eatery on 271, Thomas Street, North Cummingsburg, Georgetown, it has maintained a firm grip on the market while its customer base continues to grow.
Some of its chief dishes include Arabic Shawarma, Shawarma with Mandy Rice, and Biryani Rice. There is Escalope, Shish Tawoog, Homos with Minced Meat, Falafel, Lamb Mandy (also Beef and Chicken Mandy), Lamb Biryani and much more.
There most favoured desserts also include: The Mamoul, Ghriebeh, Barazek, Tamreya and Warbat.