Minister of Tourism, Irfaan Ali , members of the French Filming Crew and the Director of the Guyana Tourism Authority, Mr. Indranauth Haralsingh (left) during the courtesy visit.Guyana, South America Undiscovered has welcomed two Documentary Crews from Japan and France who are scheduled to film various aspects of Guyana’s culture, heritage, forest, wildlife and tepuis.
Upon arrival in Guyana, members of both crews paid a courtesy visit to the Minister of Tourism, Industry and Commerce, Irfaan Ali, and were briefed on the recent rebranding exercise, which seeks to solidify Guyana’s position as a premier Sustainable Tourism Destination.
The Tourism Minister also pointed to the various aspects of the tourism product that makes Guyana unique, he explained, “We are a diverse country with unique characteristics which sets us apart from any other country in the world. Each of the six ethnic groups that reside here would have devoted their efforts to keeping the authenticity of their culture to ensure that visitors have an authentic experience. You will also find that each of these cultures also blend together to produce a South American and Caribbean experience.”
Although we are a South American destination, he hastened to assure the visitors that the “vibes” and “spirit” of the Caribbean are incorporated in the tourism product, which embodies “two worlds, six cultures in one destination”.
Addressing questions on the developments within the destination, the foreign film crews were brought up to speed on recent investments in the sector including the Cheddi Jagan International Airport expansion, and the Marriott Hotel construction among many other developmental projects.
Meanwhile, the French Crew will be collecting footage for a Science and Discovery documentary collection hosted by Mr. Jamy Gourmand, titled “Le Monde de Jamy – Jamy’s World”; during the shooting in Guyana the crew will also follow the Belgian Scientist, Philipe J.R Kok, during his researches on Wei-Assipu Tepui and Mount Roraima.
Guyana is rapidly becoming a popular film and documentary destination. Numerous international broadcasting companies have shown interest in filming in the country. In 2013, the Discovery Channel filmed here an entire season of the popular show ‘Gold Rush’, and this year there have been several crews who have completed filming from ICON Films, Discovery Channel, Blue Paw, Russia TV, JCD,BBC,CNN and National Geographic.