Guyana’s tourism product was hit the hardest during the COVID-19. With the reopening of Guyana’s main ports-of-entry, a resuscitation of this sector looms, but under strict health, protocols to protect tourists and Guyanese. This is according to Minister of Tourism Oneidge Walrond.
Just recently, President Dr. Irfaan Ali said, “I am optimistic, however, that our sector is resilient and will rebound from this setback. I am supremely confident that while our market may have been affected, our tourism product remains unblemished by the pandemic and, that with the right support, the local tourism sector will recover.”
According to Minister Walrond, the same protocols followed by all Guyanese must also be followed by the stakeholders in the tourism industry by extension tourists. The Minister said, “We are ready in terms of safety protocols and whatever training the staff will need… for when we reopen safely and the GTA will continue to offer technical support for the safe reopening.”
Minister Walrond noted that once a reopening of the sector is approved, hotels, resorts and tourist destinations must follow the guidelines set by the COVID-19 task force and the Ministry of Health. She spoke about how hotels will function.
“Each bedroom will be separate… so we don’t limit, I don’t think that they limit the capacity. They would say one room should have a certain number of persons and usually a room is a double occupancy.” She noted.