US$10M investment for Roraima ahead of Marriott, expanded Airport-Gouveia
November 22, 2012
Head of State, Donald Ramotar addresses the gathering as Captains Debbie and Gerry Gouveia look on along with former Tourism Minister Maniram Prashad
Head of State, Donald Ramotar, in congratulating Captains Debbie and Gerry Gouveia on the achievement says “this is the type of enterprise we want to encourage in this country.”
GCCI’s Clinton Urling, presents Co-founder of the Roraima Group of Companies, Debbie Gouveia with an award for stellar performance over the past 20 years
The President lauded the efforts of the Roraima team as it “move from strength to strength to compete with the (Georgetown) Marriott.”
Accolades poured in from private sector officials inclusive of Commission Chairman, Ronald Webster, Georgetown Chamber of Commerce’s Clinton Urling, Former Tourism Minister Maniram Prashad and Norman McLean among others.
Chairman of the Group of Companies, Gerry Gouveia reflected on its growth over the years and pointed to a future, in anticipation of a ‘Georgetown Marriott’ and an expanded ‘International Airport at Timehri.’
Addressing several members of the Diplomatic Corps, Government Officials and ranks of the Political Opposition, Gouviea, openly thanked his staff and lauded Roraima’s contributions in the form of Medivac Services.
“While you are sleeping we are alert.”
This, Captain Gouveia says “is a service we provide…and that got nothing to do with profits.”
Speaking to the future of the Company, Gouveia said its leadership envisages better times ahead and it is in this context the company wants to be a part of the transformation, “seen ahead for our country.”
The Pilot turned entrepreneur divulged that the local banking sector has been supportive over the years and points to advanced negotiations with Republic Bank.
Gouviea says that in the coming years, the Roraima Group of Companies is looking to invest some US$10M in facilities such as hangars, additional planes and equipment.
Gouveia says that the company is also anxiously awaiting the expansion of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) where some US$2M will also be invested to upgrade the Roraima Facilities, inclusive of ground handling services.
“We not waiting…We are preparing for it,” said Gouviea in reference to the expansion project for the International Airport at Timehri and the proposed Georgetown Marriott Hotel.
Come 2014, Gouveia says that the Roraima Group of Companies will be constructing a brand new hotel on the environs of the upgraded airport.
Captain Gouveia is adamant that “we are preparing for the Marriott…We are preparing to meet the challenge of the Marriot.”
Last evening’s proceedings was punctuated with lively renditions by the St Georges Choir and included scores of prominent local businessmen.