Six international tour operators from the United Kingdom (UK) and
Australia recently completed a Familiarisation Tour of the three
Guianas through local tour company Wilderness Explorers.
The operators hail from tour companies like Cox and Kings, Lateral
Life and Galapagos Classic from the UK and Jumbo Reisen, South
American Travel Centre from Australia and Wilderness Explorers Guyana.
During a press briefing at the Guyana Marriott Hotel, General Manager
of Wilderness Explorer, Tony Thorne said the annual familiarisation
tour is part of his company’s marketing strategy to push tourism in
Tour operators from various countries were invited to experience the
vastness of Guyana and help to promote tourism in Guyana.
“We bring tour operators to see the destination. We need cooperation.
Trying to sell destination Guyana alone is not possible without
partnerships. And those partnerships range from working with
international tour operators and the Guyana Tourism Authority and
other suppliers,” Thorne said.
The General Manager said the trip started in French Guiana with three
operators. They then visited Suriname and was then joined by three
others; the tour then concluded in Guyana.
After visits to the rainforest, Kaieteur Falls, a number of Indigenous
villages, several towns throughout Guyana and the capital city of
Georgetown the tour operators all said they were impressed with the
massiveness of the country.
Noting several highlights of the familiarisation tour, the operators
said the Guyanese hospitality is one that cannot be compared to the
over 150 countries they have travelled.
Steve Wilson of Lateral Life in the United Kingdom, said: “We feel so
privileged to have met people from so many diverse cultural
backgrounds. You can fake a lot of things these days, but you cannot
fake a genuine authentic welcome. We are very grateful for that;
Guyana really delivered above and beyond.”
He added, “Kaieteur Falls is the most spectacular thing we have ever
seen in our lives no matter how many times you have travelled. I see
it as a driving force in getting the country out there…many countries
in the world do not have that wow factor.”
The operators said they look forward to promoting destination Guyana
through various mediums like the internet, website blogs and marketing
campaigns with their partners.
Attending the event were Director of Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA),