The world’s largest back-to-back SeaTrade cruise show, held in Fort Lauderdale, saw Guyana participating for the first time at the event, with the aim of expanding the country’s tourism networking capability.
The team meeting with executives of SeaTrade
The Guyana delegation was headed by Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) Director Indranauth Haralsingh and included Teri O’Brian, the General Manager of Wilderness Explorers at the March 13-17 event.
SeaTrade Cruise Global 2016 is where the cruise industry gathered for a week of networking, sourcing, innovation and education and where participants were afforded the opportunity to attend a four-day educational conference programme and network with industry leaders from all corners of the industry.
Currently, Guyana is strategising to reach the small ship market and niche cruising; as such, Haralsingh disclosed that GTA would be taking a more targeted approach to achieve this. He explained that SeaTrade Cruise Global is the cruise industry’s premier global event, bringing together all facets of the international cruise business — including cruise lines, suppliers, travel agents and partners.
“This is indeed the epicentre of the international cruise industry, and Guyana was present to take advantage of that. We would like to see increased cruise visits and are eager to have Guyana included in more cruise time tables,” Haralsingh stated.
SeaTrade 2016 provided Guyana with a unique opportunity to meet, network and negotiate with valued trade partners, including executives of cruise lines, SeaTrade and the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association.
Guyana was provided with the platform to create more awareness of the country as a “cruise destination” as we are strategically positioned within the Caribbean region which is the largest cruise receiving destination in the world.
Haralsingh was able to meet with representatives from small cruise companies where he promoted Guyana as a cruise destination.
Additionally, meetings were held with the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association; Saga Cruise Line; Noble Caledonia Cruise Line; Newport Maritime – a Cruise Tourism Development Consultancy Firm; Carvalho’s Agency (Cruise Development Firm) from Trinidad and Dexter Trim, Transportation Analyst from the Tobago House of Assembly.
Participation at this event will yield more cruise business for the country in direct support of the Government’s vision to transform the nation into an economic powerhouse.