For all intents and purposes, meeting and event planning in Guyana means doing so in its capital, Georgetown, where most Guyana event venues are found. Most of the country's population lives there or along its adjacent stretches of Caribbean coastline. Formerly run by the Dutch (its neighbor Suriname still is) and then by the British, Guyana has been independent for more than 40 years. It is the only English-speaking country in South America, although the lingua franca is often Creole.
Guyana's international airport is Cheddi Jagan International (GEO), which is 25 miles south of Georgetown and named for a former Guyanese president. It has service from the North American cities of Miami and New York City.
Chief among venues in Guyana is the Guyana International Conference Centre in the Georgetown suburb of Liliendaal, which is the country's main meeting point. Opened in early 2006, it includes five meeting rooms and a conference hall that seats 372 persons.
Hotel venues in Georgetown include the 130-room
Pegasus Hotel Guyana, which has large function rooms for meetings and receptions of up to 450 persons; the 70-room Ocean View International Hotel & Convention Centre, which has space for up to 700 persons; 40-room Regency Suites/Hotel, which can accommodate events of up to 900 persons, and 36-room Grand Coastal Inn, which has a private dining rooms for 50 persons, a banquet room for 200 and an outdoor patio also for 200. Approximately 40 miles southwest of Georgetown, in Bartica, is the Baganara Island Resort, which is on the Essequibo River, has its own airstrip and has 17 rooms in three buildings and patios, airy dining rooms and oodles of nature.
Unique function spots in Georgetown include Castellani House, which was the former residence of the British governors but now is the home of the National Gallery of Art; Walter Roth Museum of Anthropology, which has gallery space and a seminar room; and Guyana National Museum, which was founded in 1868 and also has gallery space for groups. Two far-flung spots near to Kaieteur Falls and amid pristine rainforest are the Rock View Lodge, which has eight rooms, an outdoor bar, dining rooms, a canopy walkway, birding and even a camping ground with hammocks, and the Rewa Eco-Lodge, amid the Makushi people at the confluence of the Rewa and Rupunini rivers, which has 15 beds and perhaps too much nature for some.
Guyanese cuisine is eclectic, mixing as it does local, Dutch, British, Chinese and Indian flavors. Excellent restaurants in Georgetown include New Thriving Chinese Restaurant; Bottle Restaurant, at the Cara Lodge Guyana; Providence Restaurant; Macaw, at the Aracari Resort, and Buddy's Mei Tung, also a Chinese restaurant. Few restaurants here have websites, most are formal and perhaps the best restaurants will be in your Georgetown hotels.
The nation has much unspoiled Amazonian rainforest and a large stretch of savannah that was chronicled in Evelyn Waugh's 1934 travel classic, 92 Days. Another jewel in its crown is Kaieteur Falls, which at 740 feet in height, is five times higher than Niagara Falls. One of its former Dutch areas is Demerara, which is where the name comes from for that type of brown sugar.