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Linden is being promoted as an eco-tourist destination in the Discover Linden magazine launched at the tourism ministry on Thursday.

The magazine, referred to as 'the official tourist guide to Linden' highlights the town as a nature-lover's dream where bird watching, nature walks, boat and other adventure tours can take place, in a step away from the traditional perception of it as a mining community.

According to a Government Information Agency (GINA) press release Linden is also the gateway to the Great Falls, the Berbice savannah, Bartica and the Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation and Development. Donald Sinclair, the Linden Economic Advancement Programme (LEAP) tourism consultant, in his presentation, said the concept of the magazine stemmed from the need to resuscitate development and create employment in the town and, by extension, the whole country. The town is a viable tourist region, Minister of Tourism, Industry and Commerce Manzoor Nadir said at the launching in the boardroom of his ministry. "Tourism is one of the ways of creating economic development in Linden", Kenneth Simmons, president of the Region Ten Tourism Development Association (RTTDA) said at the launch, and the region can accommodate many nature-based activities, a fact that city dwellers may not know. Kathleen Whalen, LEAP's international project manager, said plans are also in train to develop Anarika as a tourist destination for persons with a passion for bird watching as macaws, parrots, swifts, marlins and other species are plentiful in this area.

The magazine's launch coincides with the annual celebration of the Linden Town Week activities - April 22 to May 1. It highlights the town week activities and also provides a historical overview of the town. Linden will also be hosting the Rockstone Fish Festival scheduled for September this year.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Guyana Trade and Investment Support (GTIS) and LEAP provided financial and technical support for the project.

Guests at the ceremony also included Carl Larkin, a representative of the GTIS, Gerry Gouveia, president of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry and members of the RTTDA.

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