Suriname tourism director rests his hopes on the Guianas

Published on : Monday, January 16, 2017

Suriname TourismDirector of Suriname Tourism Foundation (STF) Jerry A-Kum shared few achievements as well as current and future plans of his organization for improving the tourism product of his native Suriname and the Guianas. STF is the official tourism body of Suriname representing the country nationally, internationally and regionally. The purpose of the organization is to promote, develop and brand Suriname as an appealing tourist destination and to develop activities in marketing and promotion, product development, education and information. Jerry believes that these goals can be achieved by consultation with both the public and private stakeholders.


Jerry said that there are ongoing discussions for a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Suriname, Guyana and French Guiana for developing and marketing the Guiana Shield as one. Jerry along with Suriname’s minister of transportation and tourism, Andojo Rusland, have had meetings with Guyanese and French officials to finish off the MOU which is expected to be signed soon. In September 2016, Guyana’s minister of business, Dominic Gaskin, met with Rusland to discuss matters relating to the promotion of tourism in the Guianas and to address the removal of obstacles restricting hassle-free travel between the two countries.


Jerry A-Kum has brought together many stakeholders in the tourism industry, and is forming cooperation with them all. STF has signed MOUs with the Suriname Bureau of Statics, Conservation International, the General Bureau of Statistics, and the United Tour Guides of Suriname. In addition, STF has a close working relationship with the Central Bank and the Airport Authorities of Suriname.


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