THE colloquial phrase “up top” best describes Guyana’s rise in the global tourism industry, with the country being recognised as a top destination to visit this year.
According to a press statement from the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA), the new year is off to a strong start for Guyana, as the destination continues to earn praise from a number of influential travel and lifestyle publications across the United States of America (USA) and the United Kingdom (UK).
The GTA said there have been multiple features in annual travel lists and other high-profile media coverage, highlighting the region’s diverse travel offerings and increased accessibility, interest in Guyana. These things are at an all-time high. Guyana’s inclusion in Condé Nast Traveler’s highly-anticipated “Best Places to Go in 2020” list most recently landed the destination a feature on the popular U.S. morning show, NBC’s “TODAY.”
On January 3, millions of viewers tuned in as contributing editor, Mark Ellwood touted Guyana’s rich cultural diversity, abundance of natural beauty and new direct flight options among the many reasons for travellers to visit in 2020.
The segment is just one of several accolades in recent months that have helped the once under-the-radar Guyana step into the spotlight. Other prominent news coverage has included the Telegraph’s “20 Destinations You Must Visit in 2020” as number one; Travel + Leisure’s “50 Best Places to Travel in 2020” as number 21; Condé Nast Traveler’s 20 Best Places to Go in 2020; Wall Street Journal’s Adventurous Vacations for Overachievers; and the Family Vacation Critic’s “10 Best International Family Vacations for 2020” as number 6.
“To have such renowned media outlets acknowledge what makes Guyana one of the world’s most compelling travel destinations to visit this year is a tremendous honour,” said Director of the GTA, Brian Mullis.
He added: “few destinations offer as much variety and contrast as Guyana, both culturally and geographically, and we can’t wait to welcome more travellers to experience this unforgettable combination firsthand. 2020 is only just the beginning for us!”
Late last year, the Guyana Chronicle reported that Destination Guyana had won its sixth tourism award for 2019. The country won the Silver Prize in ‘Best of Adventure’ from the International Travel and Tourism Awards for its sustainable adventure practices framework communities have embodied. The award was presented at the World Travel Market in London on November 5.
In a brief statement, the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) had expressed appreciation to its partners at Lotus UK for helping to make the award possible.
The honour for ‘Best in Adventure’ recognises the destinations or businesses within the travel and tourism industry that have dedicated time in supporting and promoting adventure travel, through creative marketing and campaigns as well as increasing interest to their particular destination through this sector.
In 2019, Guyana was also named: The World’s #1 in ‘Best of Ecotourism’ and one of the Top 10 Sustainable Destinations at the ITB Berlin – the world’s leading travel and trade show in March 2019. In June of this year, the country won First Place at the Golden City Gate Awards for its Welcome back to Nature and won first in Sustainable Tourism at the LATA Achievement Awards that same month.
At the CTO’s Sustainable Tourism Awards Programme in August, Guyana was awarded first in Best in Destination Stewardship.
Sourced from Guyana Chronicle 15-01-2020
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