Guyana is on track to see an increase in visitor arrivals this year with more than 51,000 persons arriving in the first three months of the year, according to the Guyana Tourism Authority.
In a statement, the tourism body explained that despite the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic which crippled the tourism industry globally,
the country was still able to welcome 158,347 visitors in 2021 and is now expected to see a 10% increase in that number by the end of this year.
With the CPL Cricket finals and cricket carnival being hosted in Guyana later this year, the visitor arrival numbers are expected to easily surpass last year’s figures.
As part of its plan to train more persons to cater for the growing tourism industry, the Tourism Authority has also announced that it has completed the training of 355 persons across the country in the areas of
Delivering Quality Service, Hygiene & Sanitation, First Aid & CPR and Digital Marketing.
By the end of this year, the total number of persons to be trained in the hospitality sector is expected to jump to 2000 with an additional 1000 to be trained as part of a collaborative agreement with the island of Barbados.
The Tourism Authority intends to reach out to communities across the country to assess the tourism potential of those communities and assist in getting them prepared to welcome visitors.
Already this year, a number of communities have already been visited and added to the tourist attraction list.