GEORGETOWN, Guyana, April 27 (GINA) — Restaurant Week was launched, today, under the theme “Explore, eat and repeat”, to facilitate the high influx of overseas visitors expected in the country for the 50th Independence anniversary celebrations.
The event, which will be hosted by the Tourism and Hospitality Association of Guyana (THAG), in collaboration with the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) and the Ministry of Public Telecommunications, will be staged from April 29 to May 8.
This activity would be beneficial for the long-term development of the tourism industry and the restaurant sector in Guyana, THAG’s President, Shaun McGrath said at the launch at the Herdmanston Lodge.
McGrath added, “We need to get above and beyond the days where you would walk in and get just chicken and rice. I think Restaurant Week has challenged other restaurants to take it to another level, and to bring chicken and rice but at another level.”
Restaurant Week will see 20 restaurants participating for 10 days. These include OMG, Pegasus, New Thriving and new participants including Buddy’s Chinese restaurant, Aagman Indian restaurant, Roraima Duke Lodge and Java Coffee Bar.
The participating restaurants “are improving their standards (to better) last year’s and will offer you the best menu at the best value,” McGrath stated.
Therefore, this year’s event will see lots of creativity, including local products, as well as a 30% discount value, he said.
A VAT inclusive two-course lunch will cost $2000, the same as what obtained during last year’s event. A three-course dinner can be had for either $4000 or $5000, depending on the restaurant.
Director of GTA, Indranauth Haralsingh said arrivals are up about 7.5% (January to March) and are expected to increase as time progresses. As a result, Restaurant Week will benefit the overseas visitors, as well as give persons interested in treating their mothers this Mother’s Day and the other holidays, an opportunity to do so.
In addition, there will also be a competition where participants can photograph their food and restaurant, post it to their Facebook or Twitter page and hash tag as #officialgow for the daily challenge. The winner for best photograph of the day will win a lunch or dinner at participating restaurants and the overall winner, a trip with Fly Jamaica Airlines to any Fly Jamaica destination.
The event will be advertised on television, radio and newspaper, as well as Facebook and Twitter to keep individuals informed and updated.
Restaurant Week is sponsored by Guyana Telephone and Telegraph (GTT), Eldorado Gold, Fly Jamaica, and the participating restaurants.