Guyana named world’s best ecotourism destination

Surama Eco-Lodge

Guyana has been named the number one “Best of Ecotourism” destination in the world.

The award was presented to the Director of the Guyana Tourism Authority, Brian Mullis, at the ITB global travel trade fair in Berlin, Germany last week.

The second annual “Best of Top 100” Awards is a selection of the finest 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 this year and put Guyana up against very well-known ecotourism destinations like Sierra Gorda in Mexico, Tmatboey in Cambodia and the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador.

“Guyana has 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,” said Mullis.

Guyana was up against very well-known and experienced ecotourism destinations like Sierra Gorda in Mexico, Tmatboey in Cambodia and the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador.

“It is a tremendous honour for us to be recognized globally alongside our fellow leaders in eco- and sustainable tourism.”

When asked about Guyana’s selection as number one in the “Best of Ecotourism” category, President of the Green Destinations Foundation Albert Salman, said the Top 100 Awards jury was impressed by the dossier prepared by the Guyana Tourism Authority for the nomination and by the success stories submitted of Surama and Rewa.

“Both these eco lodges have ambitious and admirable goals and successes, are community-owned and led, and aim at preserving Guyana’s ecosystems and indigenous traditions.

The jury also noted  that Guyana has a policy of a ‘Green, Inclusive and Prosperous Guyana’ that provides a good quality of life for all its citizens based on a sound education and social protection, low-carbon resilient development, green and decent jobs, economic opportunities, individual equality, justice, and political empowerment,” he said.

Kaieteur Falls, the world’s largest single drop waterfall, located on the Potaro River in the Kaieteur National Park

Guyana is positioned as the next must-see destination for travellers. Daily non-stop flights to this destination are already available from New York, Miami and Toronto. Daily direct routes are also available from Europe through sister Caribbean countries.

With its vibrant indigenous culture, rich history, and hospitable and friendly people, Guyana is the only English-speaking country in South America,

Guyana has also recently become the first country to adopt the Adventure Travel Trade Association’s International Adventure Travel Guide Qualification & Performance Standards.

Guyana’s tourism sector has been evolving over the years, with visitors to the region exploring the country’s eco-tourism initiatives.

During the first half of 2018, Guyana recorded the highest growth in the tourism sector in the Caribbean