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GTA working with Tourism Department to develop tourism policy

GTA working with Tourism Department to develop tourism policy

first_imgThe Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA), in its efforts to transform Guyana into a recognised tourist destination, has been collaborating with other organisations to develop principled guidelines which can be implemented shortly.This was related by GTA Director Brian Mullis earlier this week, when he announced that the agency is working with the Department of Tourism to create policies. This, he said, has commenced by identifying popular locations in Guyana which are frequently visited by tourists. This includes where they are coming from, where they are visiting, and some of the attractions that they participate in, which will later be used to create the Living Destination Development and Management Action Plan.“We are also actively supporting tourism strategy and policy development, and IGTA Director, Brian Mullisthink that’s where we’re most closely working on a week-in/week-out basis with the Department of Tourism, and then helping to lead the implementation of those policies related to tourism and strategies. Right now, we are working on a national strategic action plan for Destination Guyana with the Department of Tourism. We are in the process of laying the groundwork for what we’re characterising as a Living Destination Development and Management Action Plan,” Mullis said.While indicating that the capacity of the industry should be lifted to reach international standards, the GTA Director indicated that the GTA would be engaging stakeholders for a revised licensing and regulatory process.“We are responsible for raising the capacity of the industry, and we’re going to be doing so through a revised licensing and regulatory process that we’re in the process of reimagining and that we’ll be bringing out for stakeholder input here within the next several weeks, and we hope to finalise that by the end of September,” he informed.This will be linked to product development, which he believes plays a vital role in marketing and other advancements. Mullis believes that Guyana would be able to capitalise on its tourism sector if the quality of its local products is developed and marketed correctly.“It’s going to be linked into marketing benefits and our training programmes that were increasingly strengthened, based on a needs assessment that we just undertook to best understand the needs of the sector as it relates to training and certainly supporting the facilitation of product development,” the GTA Director said.“Marketing and product development have to (work) hand in hand. Product development is a form of marketing, particularly when you’re developing unique, distinctive, cultural, adventurous and nature-based experiences,” he added.last_img read more

First Nation school reopens after mould removed educational consultant fired

First Nation school reopens after mould removed educational consultant fired

first_imgSakastew School in Mathias Colomb First Nation has reopened after mould treatment.Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsA northern Manitoba First Nation has reopened a school that was closed after fears about toxic, black mould.The chief and council of Mathias Colomb also terminated the contract of the educational consultant who closed the school, and disbanded the education authority that hired him, APTN News has learned.“They forced me out,” said Guy Dumas, who shared the notice of Feb. 19 termination he received via email with APTN.“It’s just because I spoke up, but I have no regrets.”READ the email terminating Guy Dumas.Dumas, who is a band member but lives off reserve, was a director of education consultant for the Mathias Colomb Education Authority when he shuttered Sakastew School on Dec. 4 after learning about black and green mould in two rooms and maybe more.He linked the discovery with what he said were high numbers of children missing classes due to health issues.“They disbanded the Pukatawagan board of education, too,” Dumas said of band leadership.“Board members are elected by the people (but) they are putting in their own people.”Guy Dumas shared this photo from when he worked inside Sakastew School.A band councillor confirmed over the phone the kindergarten to Grade 12 school was reopened Feb. 25.But she declined to do an interview with APTN, saying she had a meeting.Dumas questioned whether the school should have re-opened.He said he has since learned about physical and mental dangers associated with mould and hoped the school’s closure spurred parents to educate themselves about the impact on their children.“They intend to keep the brown building I was closing down open,” he said of council.“Mould is mould, they say.”No one from the band’s administration has spoken publicly since APTN first reported the school was closed.Dumas hired a company from Winnipeg, about 800 kilometres southeast of the Cree community, to remove mould from the school.READ the motion disbanding the education board.A spokesperson for Indigenous Services Canada confirmed Monday those mould “remediation efforts at the school are now complete.‎“The First Nation has informed us that the school reopened on February 25, 2019 and students are back in class,” the department added in an email.Dumas also wondered whether the band council had the power to disband the education board, which it did with a motion ending the board’s mandate effective Feb. 21.Indigenous Services was checking into that [email protected]@katmartelast_img read more