GTA seeks to meet international tourism standards

first_imgThe Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) has announced that it has committed to the international adventure travel guide standard. As such, a training activity was initiated last week which was designed to meet the adventure travel guide standard. Entitled ‘Raising the Bar for Adventure and Ecotourism Guiding’, the training was offered to pre-qualified tour guides and held in the North Rupununi region, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo).The training included master training for four local guide trainers to lead future trainings. It was led by the CEO of Pandion Consulting Daniel K Moore, who has 20 years’ experience as an entrepreneur, professional travel guide, Adventure Travel Master trainer and is a trainer for the Adventure Travel Trade AssociationThe guides during the training exercise(ATTA).The core focus of the training was on how to fit naturally in the overall adventure experience, the importance and psychology of customer survive, storytelling and interpretation, and the concept of sustainable practices. However, the ultimate goal is to build existing capacity to train travel guides via elevating tour guide standards across the country.“The Guyana Tourism Authority is focused on raising tourism standards in country to meet international traveller expectations and international standard. We have formally committed to adhering to the principles of the Adventure Travel Guide Standard and implementing its requirements,” said the Director of the Guyana Tourism Authority, Brian Mullis.Approximately 150 tour guides are currently operating in Guyana, conducting independent tours or for local companies and lodges. The GTA is of the view that it is important that they are quipped to provide a professional experience for tourists.Part of the course included building domestic capacity by targeting five core competencies which includes technical, medical, customer service, interpretation and sustainability.The adventure travel industry has expanded from an estimated $89 billion in 2010 to $263 billion in 2013, and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 45.99 per cent during the period 2016-2020. Guyana is highly attractive to the growing number of adventure travellers seeking personal growth, new destinations, immersive culture, and personal growth.This year, the GTA became a member of the ATTA as a stepping stone towards meeting these international standards. Apart from that, the organisation is responsible for developing and promoting sustainable tourism in Guyana through collaboration with sister agencies and the tourism Private Sector.last_img read more

6 hurt, 3 critically, in Valencia home blaze

first_img Ewart’s mother, who neighbors affectionately call ‘Grandma,’ stayed by her husband as paramedics treated him. “Her hair was singed, but she seemed OK,” Mann said. “She held his hand, kept him covered with a blanket.” The house was gutted and the contents destroyed, with damage estimated at $1.5 million, fire Inspector Ron Haralson said. Family friend Garman said one of Ewart’s prized possessions was a violin crafted in the 1770s that he considered priceless. Neighbors took the injured family members in as they awaited paramedics, comforting them and praying together. “We said a prayer – they’re a very Christian family,” said Deborah Mann, who lives across the street from the Ewarts and who cared for Ewart’s parents. “When we saw David, we told him we prayed for his family, that everyone would be OK.” Ewart, an accomplished violinist who has played with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, holds a large Christmas party every year. The family home was decked to the hilt for the holidays, yet Tuesday morning icicle lights hung sooty and dripping from the eaves, decorations scattered among the family’s charred belongings. Mann said the party was legendary in the Valencia neighborhood and that Ewart had pony rides for the children and a small petting zoo in his yard. As residents helped the Ewarts and evacuated others from nearby homes in case the fire spread, next-door neighbor Jon Delling, 20, used a garden hose to spray at flames shooting in the air. “I heard screaming. I thought it was a dream,” Delling said. “Then I woke up and it was real. We ran outside. People were running in the back yard making sure everyone was out of the house.” Patricia Farrell Aidem, (661) 257-5251 To help the Ewarts A special account has been sent up to help the Ewart family recover from Tuesday’s fire. Checks payable to the David Ewart Catastrophe Fund can be sent to Wells Fargo Bank, 25850 The Old Road, Stevenson Ranch, CA 91381. Checks must reference account number 8606155136. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Los Angeles County Firefighter Steve Toledo said flames were as high as 80 feet when engines arrived. “The people were burned pretty bad,” he added. Fire investigators had not determined the cause. David Ewart suffered second- and third-degree burns over 32 percent of his body, on his arms, hands, back, chest and face and was on a respirator late Tuesday at Grossman Burn Center in Sherman Oaks, said hospital spokeswoman Debbie Groverman. He is scheduled for surgery Monday. Son Michael suffered burns over 40 percent of his body – second- and third-degree burns to his face, ears, neck, chest, back, left foot and both hands and arms. A first surgery is scheduled Monday and, if that goes well, a second surgery will be performed Dec. 29, Groverman said. Hugh Ewart, concertmaster emeritus of the Portland Symphony, reluctant to jump from the balcony of the burning house, fell and broke his nose. He also suffered facial burns and was being monitored for a heart condition. He was scheduled to be transferred to the Grossman Burn Center by today. VALENCIA – Six family members were injured – three of them critically – in a predawn house fire Tuesday in Valencia, the scene of a big holiday party the night before. Neighbors said they awoke to screams from the Via Escovar home, and raced to help violinist David Ewart, his elderly parents who were visiting from Oregon and Ewart’s three children. “I heard screaming,” next-door neighbor Kim Altobello said. “I was already awake getting ready for work and I just heard Heather screaming and screaming. I said, ‘Call 911!’ I didn’t know what was happening.” Ewart, 48, his children Michael, 15, Jonathan, 13, and Heather, 11, and his parents Hugh, 81, a retired concertmaster, and Esther Ewart, 77, escaped through a second-story window and onto a balcony. They used a tree-house ladder to get to the ground, friend Leslie Garman said. last_img read more