Technology in tourism inevitable – Min. Hughes

– Minister opens Drones and Tourism expo

Minister of Public Telecommunications Catherine Hughes on Sunday told local drone operators that their participation in the tourism industry is pivotal to both the sector and the development of Guyana.

DSC_0646Addressing the opening of an Expo highlighting the use of drones in Tourism at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre, Minister Hughes said the partnership between the Tourism industry and Technology has long been a “foregone conclusion.”  She reiterated that in any part of the world where tourism is either developed or is developing, it is done using technology.

“Technology in tourism is inevitable.  Drones and Tourism marketing in today’s hi-tech world, in this digital era … you cannot have one without the other.”

As a former Minister of Tourism, Minister Hughes said Guyana has been using the drone technology for a number of years in the sectors of Tourism, Agriculture, Housing and others.

“Our tourism industry is benefitting from drone-assisted photography and videography that provides a bird’s eye view, beckoning all our citizens and visitors alike to come and enjoy, discover this beautiful country,” she told the Expo.

The Guyana Drone Operators Association was established to provide key information to local drone operators.  President of the association, Lancelot Khan, said the drone is built with a technology that has been advancing rapidly over the years.

DSC_0628Khan said Guyana has embraced the use of drones, and while there is the need for protocols to be put in place to protect everyone involved, the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has been working with the drone association to create a glitch-free environment for drone operators.

Director General of GCAA, Lt. Col. (rt’d) Egbert Field stated that “drones are here to stay”. He said, “The drone technology has entered into the aviation industry and is not just to be used as a toy, but also for commercial activities”.  He added that drone technology has advanced so far that it is now well immersed in the aviation industry, adding that there is sufficient reason and capacity for drone technology to boost Tourism in Guyana.

“Let us concentrate on what we can do with drones in a productive and commercial fashion,” he said, and called on “technologically savvy” youths to turn the industry around utilizing the immense skills that they have.

DSC_0637The drone and tourism expo is part of the agenda of activities to celebrate Tourism Awareness Month that is traditionally observed in November each year.