• Our vision

    To effectively support the growth of sustainable tourism in the Rupununi, Guyana.

    Our mission

    To develop, improve and promote the sustainable tourism offer in the Rupununi through building the capacity of local communities and tourism stakeholders; establishing standards on quality and safety while conserving the nature-based, traditional heritage of the Rupununi; and marketing the region as a single destination with a wide variety of offers.

  • Our objectives

    • To adopt a strategic approach for the development and improvement of a sustainable tourism offer in the Rupununi;
    • To work with national and local tourism stakeholders and develop a platform for the promotion of sustainable tourism in the Rupununi;
    • To provide technical support to local communities in the development of their tourism products;
    • To provide training and research programmes to communities and tourism stakeholders;
    • To establish a data management system for regional visitor information through coordination with national tourism stakeholders and agencies.
  • The work of Visit Rupununi is technically supported through the dedication of the staff of Conservation International-Guyana. With an array of expertise at the Lethem and Georgetown offices, the “Visit Rupununi” project has benefitted from guidance and support which has enabled it to be effectively implemented. The organisation is one of the outputs from the Low Carbon Livelihoods Project which is being implemented by CI-G with support from the Multilateral Investment Fund of the Inter American Development Bank (IDB) and Swift Family which aims to contribute to healthy and sustainable economic development of the Rupununi Region.

  • Steering Management Committee (SMC)

    In July 2015, the SMC was selected with the mandate to coordinate and supervise outreach activities and provide organisational management, oversight and advice to Visit Rupununi. The Committee is made up of 10 stakeholders representing a balance of the region’s tourism interests (community, private and regional), and Conservation International Guyana.

    Members

    • North: Alphonso King, North Rupununi District Development Board (NRDDB)
    • South: Faye Fredericks, South Central Peoples Development Association (SCPDA)
    • RDC Representative: Andrew Demetro, Nappi
    • Private sector Representative: Danny Gajie, Rupununi Chamber of Industry and Commerce (RCCI)
    • Sub District representatives
      • Anthony Andries – North Rupununi
      • Jonathan Joseph – Central Rupununi
      • Nicholas Fredericks – South Central
      • Clifford Winter – Deep South
      • Winston Clinton – South Pakaraimas
      • Rene’ Edwards – Conservation International -Guyana
  • Profile

    Candace Phillips

    Candace Phillips

    Tourism Coordinator

    Candace manages the day to day operations of Visit Rupununi, including designing and implementing strategies which will improve Rupununi’s tourism product, liaising with regional and national tourism stakeholders and working with communities in developing their tourism potential. She has a background in economics and project management. Previously, she was an educator and an Indigenous Peoples advocate.