The 24th Inter-American Ministerial Congress on Tourism today, wrapped up its two-day session at the Marriott Hotel with more fruitful discussions by ministers and high-level authorities on achieving sustainable tourism, through multi-destination travel and building resilience in the tourism sector.Following ten plenary sessions by officials, today’s all-day meeting concluded with the adoption of the ‘Declaration of Georgetown’. This document forms the basis for the development of partnerships for the growth of the tourism industry in the Americas.Minister of Business with responsibility for Tourism, Dominic Gaskin, who chaired the conference, noted that the discussions will ensure a transformed tourism sector in Guyana.“What was good about it (the Congress) were the discussions…a lot of the topics discussed were very relevant to Guyana. We have a lot to learn. We are fairly young as a tourism destination. To have all these expertise from different countries in the same room is very good exposure for us”, Minister Gaskin said.He added, “It was very valuable for us and it gave us a sense of where we are and where we need to go with tourism in Guyana.”Executive Secretary for Integral Development of the Organisation of American States, Kim Osborne highlighted some of the high points stemming out of the meeting for most of the representatives.“What we had was strong indications of support, collaboration and co-operation between and among countries, to share dialogue and experiences, to share lessons learnt and good practices; to the extent that member states have offered co-operation to each other. We are grateful for the outcome of the meeting”, Osborne said.She also commended Guyana for hosting a memorable event. She enthused, “Guyana did an amazing job at hosting and showing the product it has to offer. I think it hosting this ministerial congress really positions it as an emerging destination in the Americas with the flora and fauna, and amazing natural products. It is something people were not really aware of, and it was an opportunity to tell the rest of the Americas what Guyana has to offer.”This year’s Inter-American Congress of Ministers and High-Level Authorities of Tourism saw a total of 26 Organisation of American States (OAS) member states representatives, participating. The next Congress is expected to be held in Paraguay in 2021.
Supporters of the RNLI Lifeboats on Mountcharles Pier for the annual New Year’s Day 2013 SwimThe annual RNLI New Years Day Swim takes place this Wednesday at Mountcharles Pier (weather permitting ) at 3.30pm.Donegal Town RNLI spokesman Paul O Sullivan said: “We’re dependent on the tide but we’ve a mid afternoon start on Wednesday so we’re hoping for a big turnout.“The event has become very popular and even if you don’t want to take the plunge, we’d be delighted to see you. It’s mighty craic and we’ll have hot punch for afters. But more importantly, it raises much needed funds for the three Donegal based Lifeboat Stations at Bundoran, Arranmore and Lough Swilly ( Buncrana) who between them alone saved 68 lives in 2012.” There are 56 Lifeboats around the island of Ireland and 95% of all RNLI activity is voluntary. The RNLI is an All Ireland and UK organisation founded in 1824. In 1922, the newly formed Irish State Government specifically asked the RNLI to remain in Ireland and continue its’ good work”. 189 years the RNLI is still here and look forwarded to saving more lives in 2014. The RNLI saved 1,041 lives around Ireland in 2012.John Darch , Chairman of the Donegal Town RNLI told DD ” The RNLI continues to enjoy extraordinary support from the public in general. Our 56 Lifeboats are crewed by 3,000 voluntary people who often out their own lives on the line to save others. Nationally our boats were launched 939 times in 2012 saving 1041 lives. That’s a lot of happy families this Christmas.” ORGANISERS HOPING FOR LARGE TURN-OUT FOR NEW YEAR’S DAY RNLI CHARITY SWIM was last modified: December 30th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:annual swimDonegal TownMOUNTCHARLESRNLI