The Ministry of Tourism, Industry and Commerce launched Tourism Awareness Month 2010 at the Orealla Regatta and the Rockstone Fish Festival.
In Orealla, Director of the Guyana Tourism Authority Indranauth Haralsingh said that though many events have been planned for the month-long observance, the ministry expects to focus on indigenous communities like Orealla and activities native to them. According to a Government Information Agency (GINA) press release, this year’s observances are being held under the theme ‘Community Based Tourism: preserving the unique culture and character of our communities.’
President of the Upper Corentyne Chamber of Commerce Vishnu Durga said that his organisation is happy to support initiatives like the Orealla regatta, which is in its second year in existence. He said the Chamber is always at the forefront of lobbying for progress and endorsed the call made by Orealla’s Toshao McLean DeVair for the extension of the Corentyne highway from Moleson Creek to Orealla. Durga is positive that the move would accrue a number of benefits to the community and the residents of East Berbice.
In addition, DeVair noted that the Regatta launched tourism month and has ushered in the Diwali festival and the Christmas season. He said the village is proud to have been chosen for the launch, adding that it helps in its preparation as an eco-tourism destination. Activities at the Regatta included boat racing, greasy pole climbing and dance competitions. The event is expected to be held annually.