ON Tuesday evening, Guyana was awarded the Silver Place in ‘Best of Adventure’ from the International Travel & Tourism Awards, for its Sustainable Adventure practices and framework communities have embodied.
In March 2019, Guyana was named #1 “Best of Ecotourism” destination in the world, leading ecotourism destinations like Sierra Gorda, Mexico and Tmatboey in Cambodia.
The award was presented to Guyana at the ITB global travel trade fair in Berlin, Germany. The second annual “Best of Top 100” Awards is a selection of the finest top 100 destinations selected by a panel of experts who reviewed sustainability success stories submitted by destinations worldwide.
The newly created “Best of Ecotourism” category was added in 2019 and put Guyana up against very well-known and experienced ecotourism destinations like Sierra Gorda in Mexico, Tmatboey in Cambodia and the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador.
Director of the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA), Brian T. Mullis, accepted the award on behalf of Guyana in March 2019, and stated that Guyana had expended considerable effort in recent years, not only to develop new and innovative eco-friendly tourism products as a part of the national Green State Development Strategy, but also to incorporate sustainable tourism best practice into all aspects of its strategy, planning and programming while educating the world about its deep commitment to maximising the positive socio-economic and conservation outcomes from tourism.
Guyana is positioned as the next must-see destination for travellers. With daily non-stop flights already available from New York, Miami and Toronto and direct routes available from Europe through sister Caribbean countries, being the only English-speaking country in South America, travellers can experience the vibrant indigenous culture, rich history, and hospitable and friendly people in the language both parties know best.
Guyana recently became the first country to adopt the Adventure Travel Trade Association’s International Adventure Travel Guide Qualification and Performance Standards.