‘One-of-a-kind’ rainforest safari for Linden/ Soesdyke Highway


Guyana has a highly-rated ecotourism product and the government is hoping to exploit this further by creating a new, one-of-a-kind rainforest safari near the Linden/ Soesdyke Highway.

President Dr. Irfaan Ali, on Monday, highlighted that the government is seeking investments to develop the country’s ecotourism sector, particularly given the sheer attractiveness of the sector.

“We are now crystallising the idea of a one-of-a-kind rainforest/safari development.

“We want to look at 500 acres of land in its natural environment, along the Linden/ Soesdyke Highway, and to create a one-of-a-kind rainforest safari,” President Ali said at the sod-turning ceremony of a new hotel in Georgetown.

This safari is expected to put some of the world’s giant animal and plant species – which are found in Guyana – on full display for tourists to enjoy.

President Dr. Irfaan Ali (Photo: Office of the President/ July 18, 2022)

And this new safari, the President said, should be the first of its kind in the region – yet another reason why it would make for an attractive product.

But that’s not all.

The establishment of a new ecotourism resort that would see Guyana combining its ecotourism with Barbados’ “sun, sand and sea” is another investment being pursued, the Head of State said.

This joint effort would appeal to a wider cross section of travellers, allowing people to enjoy the best of both worlds, President Ali posited.

He also said that the government was seeking to tap into the nascent, global wellness tourism sector because Guyana has a “natural capability” to offer wellness services.

Days ago, during the visit of renowned Peace Ambassador, Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the Head of State announced that the government was eyeing the development of an ayurvedic centre which, essentially, includes the use of traditional Indian medicine.

Health and science initiatives and sports tourism are also being undertaken to make Guyana a premier tourist destination.

Altogether, President Ali believes that the tourism sector would help to herald in Guyana’s development.

“This is no guesswork; this is strategic thinking and planning.

“It is all about positioning Guyana into new transformative areas,” he said.

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