BERLIN, Germany, Friday March 8, 2019 – 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
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 this year 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
“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.
“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 liked 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
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, and it being the only English-speaking country in
South America, travellers can experience vibrant indigenous culture, rich
history, and hospitable and friendly people in the language both parties know
Guyana has also recently become the first country to adopt the Adventure Travel Trade Association’s International Adventure Travel Guide Qualification & Performance Standards.