Suriname has several plans in 2017 to boost tourism sector

Published on : Monday, January 16, 2017

boost tourism sectorSuriname has lined up a number of plans to develop its tourism industry. The plans were revealed by Jerry A-Kum, director of Suriname Tourism Foundation (STF).


The STF is the official tourism body of Suriname and it represents the country nationally, regionally and internationally. The purpose of the foundation is to develop, promote and brand Suriname as an attractive tourism destination.


According to A-Kum, there are ongoing discussions on a draft memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Suriname, Guyana and French Guiana to develop and market the Guiana Shield as one.


A-Kum and Suriname’s minister of transportation and tourism, Andojo Rusland, have had meetings with Guyanese and French officials to conclude the MOU which is expected to be signed soon.


A-Kum has tapped the support of SESRIC, an organ of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), to help his foundation compile comprehensive and accurate data relating to tourism. SESRIC and Indonesia are helping Suriname to build statistical capacity in the compilation, production and dissemination of tourism statistics by supporting capacity building programs, including short-term training and a workshop.


September 2017 will be declared “Tourism Month” in Suriname to sensitise the public and policymakers about tourism. According to A-Kum, there will be numerous activities during the entire month to enhance tourism awareness. Many of these activities will culminate on September 27 to coincide with World Tourism Day.


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