Monday, July 26, 2010
Marriott-branded hotel good for Guyana-Cara Hotel C.E.O
The Chief Executive Officer of Cara Hotels, Paul Stephenson has described as "unfortunate" a reaction by the owner of the Pegasus Hotel, Robert Badal, to the planned construction of a Marriott-branded hotel in Guyana.
While Mr. Stephenson said he was unaware of the deal with Marriott, he said that the presence of any internationally-flagged hotel would be good for the country.
"If they've done their due-diligence and they feel that Guyana is a destination that they would like to open an international flag and have a presence here, overall that would give the international traveller, be it business or tourist persons, a positive image of Guyana that we have international endorsement by a major company," he said.
Operating hotels in Guyana and in Trinidad and Tobago altogether for more than 20 years, the Cara CEO urged Guyanese hoteliers to aggressively market their properties to confront competition from bigger international hotels.
"They need to get more proactive in their marketing, they need to get more proactive in increasing their standards of operation to compete," said Stephenson.