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Published on : Saturday, October 15, 2016
In an address to the nation few weeks ago, Suriname’s President Desi Bouterse identified various sectors that his government will focus attention on in the year 2017- one of them being tourism.
To get tourism off the ground, the government plans to expand and modernize the Johan Pengel International Airport (JPIA) to make it a regional hub and is holding
talks with various investors.
A delegation from Suriname headed by the minister of transportation, Andy Rusland and CEO of Surinam (SLM) Airways, Robbi Lachmisingh, visited China and signed a cooperation agreement in aviation sector with the Chinese company, Beijing Transportation Equipment Ltd (BTE), two weeks ago during a visit to China.
Some of the impediments to develop the tourism industry in Suriname are the lack of legislation to govern and guide the industry, increased taxation on tourism products, lack of incentives offered to foreign investors, constant changes and interference by the government at SLM.
The lack of an official ministry of tourism has been identified by critics as an indication that the government isn’t serious about tourism. Capacity and skills are major problems that Suriname faces.
However, most of these issues are being addressed by the government.