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The Government’s insistence on building the Marriott hotel gets even more interesting, thanks to Dr. Roger Luncheon. – 22nd Feb 2013

luncheon on marriottYou could call it the usual spin from the Government’s Chief Spokesman, Dr Roger Luncheon. Today, he said the Government is not interested in setting up a national airline, because this would mean direct competition with the airline business, but then he sought to justify the Government doling out billions of tax payers’ dollars to build the Marriott Hotel, which is in fact direct competition with the hotel industry, and as if it was not noticed, just next door to the Pegasus, in Kingston at that.

Given the woes of international travel in and out of Guyana, Dr. Luncheon was asked about the possibility of the Government investing in a national carrier. This was his response.

Then, Dr. Luncheon, was asked how he would rationalize his views on a national airline with that of the Government investing in the hotel business, an investment that could add up to $21 million from the national coffers.

There have been mounting questions about the Gov’t building a Marriott Hotel when it has failed to produce any studies which show the hotel is needed. And on top of that, the Government has so far failed to sign on any investor to the project. And even further, opposition parties and the unions are protesting the fact that Guyanese were not offered jobs on the project their tax dollars are being spent on, with the Government opting to bow to the demands of the Chinese contractor which has hired an all-Chinese workforce.

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