Main Big Lime has achieved its objective PDF Print E-mail
Written by GINA
Thursday, 29 December 2011 00:28
PRESIDENT Donald Ramotar, at the Ministry of Tourism’s annual event on Main Street, ‘Main Big Lime’, said that the objective of the event was accomplished as it created a relaxing and enjoyable atmosphere for patrons. “The atmosphere created is lovely with people relaxing and enjoying themselves together,” President Ramotar said.
The Head of State also said that the Main Big Lime is an extension of Christmas, as the Christmas season is a time which brings people and families together, and as such communities come out and enjoy themselves together.
Because of this, the Main Big Lime has now become a signature event on the list of tourist activities as it has grown popular among Guyanese residing overseas, who only visit for the season. [President Donald Ramotar shares a light moment with a family at his first walk-about as President at this year’s Main Big Lime ]
“It encourages Guyanese residing abroad to come home…it is another event they can look forward to, coming home for the holidays…it will pick up more in the future as it has the potential to become bigger,” President Ramotar said.
Minister of Housing and Water Irfaan Ali, acting in the capacity of Tourism Minister, said the ministry’s staff would have done a good job as the time for planning and marketing the event was limited.
[President Donald Ramotar and Minister of Housing and Water Irfaan Ali, who is acting Tourism Minister, admire a display of craft on sale at Main Big Lime] Ali also mentioned that the focus of the tourism sector would see more private/public partnerships like GUYEXPO and Building Expo which serve to further boost Guyana’s tourism industry.
“There are lots in store for the tourism industry as many opportunities exist…the industry can be built around the cultural heritage of the country using activities like MASHRAMANI and other such events,” Minister Ali said.
The event, which proved to be an overwhelming success despite inclement weather, attracted hundreds who came out to mingle, lime and have fun. [President Donald Ramotar and Minister of Housing and Water Ali at the Main Big Lime]
Booths were erected on the avenue of Main Street by the Guyana Tourism Authority and local producers of art, craft and beverages. Other booths erected provided children with the opportunity to participate in games for toys.
The annual event is aimed at promoting the unique Guyanese culture, while providing tourists and citizens with a spectacular occasion for a “reunion” every year.
This is according to many overseas-based Guyanese who spoke with the Government Information Agency during the event.
President Ramotar, during his first walk-about as Head of State at the event, took the opportunity to greet participants.
The first Main Big Lime was held in 1999, with specific emphasis on promoting Guyanese tradition and culture. (GINA)
Excerpts from the Guyana Chronicle