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Aug 11, 2015

Harvest Caye to Commence Operations in February 2016

Valdemar Andrade

Back to the tourism industry…Will Harvest Caye be ready for its initial launch date?  Viewers would recall that the controversial, mega million-dollar, tourism development project off the coast of Placencia was set to formally commence operations in the south in October.  But, it’s safe to say that that deadline won’t be met for the remainder of the year.  With construction ongoing it is expected that the first call by a Norwegian cruise ship on the island will be made in February 2016.  According to Director of Destination Planning and Cruise, Valdemar Andrade, a task force comprised of various agency representatives has been monitoring the progress of the development.

 

Valdemar Andrade, Director of Destination Planning & Cruise, B.T.B.

“The project is on schedule for February 2016, that’s when we are looking to have the first call at Harvest Caye.  From the government’s side we have an ad hoc ports committee that has all the relevant agencies included on it.  We have a meeting this afternoon to ensure that the government side is still ready for the original date of October 2015, to ensure that from the government’s side we are ready to have full operations on Harvest Caye.  So it’s fully onboard.”

 

Reporter

“Sir, we have been hearing that there have been, I guess, different groups of people, well people from different sectors, sorry, visiting Harvest Caye as a group.  What are those trips about, if you know about them?”

 

Valdemar Andrade

“Well the only trips that I know of is the one trip that we made as a group from the ad hoc committee to look at how the facilities are laid out and to see where the key government agencies would be positioned to ensure that we can service the operations of Harvest Caye.”

 

Reporter

“So how is that looking?”

 

Valdemar Andrade

“As far as we are concerned, we have a good working relationship with the cruise lines and the cruise sector and so basically we tell them more or less what we need in terms of insuring the safety and security of the industry, of the guests and of Belize’s interests and then we move forward from there.”

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