Tourism Ministry recognise importance of sport in Guyana
As Guyana begins to enter a phase of numerous high profile events, ranging from international cricket, football, Caribbean Premier League among other sport related events, the Ministry of Tourism full of recognition of the impact, sports can have on Guyana.
Director-General, at the Ministry of Tourism, Donald Sinclair when quizzed by Guyana Times Sport on Monday, at the visiting cruise ship on the plans the Ministry has for sport in the coming months.
“We recognize the importance of cricket and tourism, so we always try to facilitate in whatever way we can in terms of promoting”, Sinclair said.
He added, cricket like motor racing brings visitors in the county, so there is a strong kind of collaboration between the Ministry and Cricket authorities.”
In June, Guyana is slated to host three matches as part of the Australia, South Africa and West Indies Tri-nation series; also in June, the Golden Jaguars will play Curacao as part of their campaign in the Men’s Caribbean Cup.
In addition, there is the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) which begins in late June and runs until August and as usual, the country will host some matches during that period.
Based on recent reports, Guyana will be playing Canada Men’s National Football team in May as part of the country’s 50th Anniversary celebrations.
Sinclair also revealed that, “the minister [Cathy Hughes] made a recommendation that something should be done with Bourda [Georgetown Cricket Club], not in terms of playing matches but in terms of the history of cricket”.
The Director-General made the example that “the last time a cruise ship went to Guyana, one of the passengers wanted to see the Bourda cricket ground, because of his recollection growing up, was that cricket was something big happening in Guyana; so that is the recommendation the minister made that Bourda could be made some form as a museum”.
The Bourda Ground dates had Guyana first Test match being played there in 1930 and last had a taste of International Cricket in 2006.