Mico University College repeated their performance of a year ago by winning the treble in intercollegiate netball after a 59-48 overtime win in the intermediate A final last Saturday over home team G.C. Foster B.The intermediate champions blew away G.C. Foster by 24 goals in preliminary action two weeks ago, but it was a more determined G.C. Foster College team which played the final. Mico led 11-10, 21-17 and 30-28 after three quarters. However, G.C. Foster fought hard in the fourth quarter as, spurred on by their vocal home supporters, they rallied to even the score at 43-43 at the end of the quarter, sending the game into overtime.In the two periods of overtime, it was all Mico as the Connie Francis and Janet Guy-coached team led 52-44 after the first stanza before pulling away for a comfortable 11-goal winning margin in the end.Mico’s two other titles came over the past two weeks. The senior team defeated UWI in the final last Thursday while the junior team had earlier beaten G.C. Foster in the intermediate B final.Excelsior Community College finished third in the intermediate A competition after stopping UWI B 32-26 in the playoff for third and fourth.
Eight tourism ambassadors were honoured by the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) for their contribution in enhancing travel experiences and services.At the GTA’s 11th Awards Ceremony held at Pegasus Hotel on Wednesday evening, Director Brian Mullis thanked those who helped the agency in its mission to propel the development of the travel and tourism sector within the country.“We are really excited to celebrate those persons who have gone above and beyond to make the Guyanese travel and tourism sector be not only special in our part of the world but special globally,” he is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying.Mullis noted it is crucial to avoid the mistakes made by other countries and to promote a sustainable approach to tourism development, including best practices. According to the GTA Director, this includes the establishment of the Living Destination Development Plan which essentially compliments the Green State Development Strategy (GSDS) 2018-2025.He explained that this initiative is, “the blueprint for where we should invest, create new attractions among others based on market demand; move away from a supply-driven approach to tourism development to a market-driven development to markedly increase the success of any new travel and tourism ventures.”Mullis added that the agency has also gone through restructuring a process to generate positive outcomes and outputs. At a leadership level, capacity building exercises were undertaken which will lead to further training programmes for 2019 as well as the establishment of a cooperative database of programmes for future collaborations.President of the Tourism and Hospitality Association of Guyana (THAG) Mitra Ramkumar, reiterated the need to adopt the best sustainable practices at a country level in the development of tourism. He added that this includes a concerted effort on the part of citizens to reconnect with nature, in light of the fact that the large majority of persons reside in the city.Those awarded were: Adrian Sheram from Old Fort Tours and Resort for Tour Guide of the Year; Rewa Eco-Lodge for Most Outstanding Community-led and Owned Tourism Enterprise; Canadian Executive Service Organisation (CESO) for Most Outstanding Contribution to Tourism by an NGO/Volunteer group; Kings Hotel for Service in Tourism Accommodation/Establishment; Backyard Cafe for Service Quality in Tourism; Hits and Jams for Tourism Entrepreneurs; White King Ranch for Tourism Recognition and Surama Eco-Lodge for the People’s Choice Award for Sustainable Tourism.