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Monday, February 13, 2006
Kaieteur Park set to grab tourist dollars from World Cup fans

By Mark Ramotar

GUYANA’S part-hosting of the biggest showcase event here - Cricket World Cup 2007 - will present an ideal, multi-faceted opportunity to showcase Guyana’s national treasure and the world’s highest single-drop waterfall – the majestic Kaieteur.

Chairman of the Kaieteur National Park, Mr. Shyam Nokta, said the huge anticipated influx of tourists, foreign journalists and others to Guyana for the 2007 Cricket World Cup event is a “must be taken” and “can’t allow it to slip by” opportunity to showcase Kaieteur Falls - regarded as Guyana’s ‘crown jewel’.

Nokta noted that the hosting of the mega-event here next year will no doubt bring a tremendous surge of tourism dollars; and while there are numerous tourist sites, places and facilities to see and visit here – Kaieteur Falls is expected to feature very prominently in that overall tourism package for Guyana.

Nokta said Guyanese must show the world that they are ready to host the CWC 2007 and, at the same time, ensure that every possible opportunity is grasped to showcase the vast and extraordinary richness of the country, in terms of awe-inspiring sites and the multi-cultural customs and traditions.

One such site Nokta was making specific reference to is the majestic Kaieteur Falls – the world’s highest single drop waterfall, with a sheer drop of 741 ft.

“We at Kaieteur National Park and the National Parks Commission are working towards Cricket World Cup 2007 in a significant way, because we recognize that this perhaps will be one of the main showcase opportunities for Guyana and also for the Kaieteur Park… we all know that Kaieteur is our national showpiece and we expect that it will be featured in a most significant and prominent way in the run up to CWC 2007 and importantly, in the years after CWC 2007,” Nokta told this newspaper last week.

Visits to Kaieteur Falls by travel writers and tourists have inspired the most glowing superlatives deemed appropriate to capturing the indescribable beauty of a vast wall of water tumbling 741 feet down into a gorge.

Charles Barrington Brown, the British geologist who is reputed to be the first European to have seen the Kaieteur Falls in 1870, was struck by its ‘grandeur and magnitude’.

Sir T. Crossley Rayner, former Attorney General, visited the Falls in 1911 and was stunned by what he termed ‘the almost awful grandeur of the scene’ which he compared to a ‘magnificent cathedral of nature’, according to this country’s official tourist guide magazine – ‘Explore Guyana’.

Another report describes the Kaieteur Falls as ‘some gigantic savage beast of magnificent form and perfect grace’.

Guyana Chronicle