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Jan 27, 2016

B.T.B. Explains Considerations in Granting Licenses

Javier Paredes

And did B.T.B. have a role in the acquisition by Paumen of the controversial piece of land or the co-management agreement presently in place with the National Institute of Culture and History?  Its immediate responsibility, according to Javier Paredes, has nothing to do with the issuance of land or co-management agreements. And he asserts that the B.T.B. is primarily interested in all applicants being able to meet the requirements to become certified tour operators.

 

Javier Paredes, Director of Business Development, B.T.B.

“At the B.T.B., we review it more in terms of, do you meet the criteria to become a tour operator, what are your tours that you’ll be offering, the quality of those tours, the safety measures, the emergency plans you have in place, who you’re employing.  Things like that are what is considered at the B.T.B.  We consider a lot based on quality, standards, safety.  Other entities become involved like with co-management agreements and things like that and that is outside our purview.  Once you tell us you have title to this piece of land and you’re going to be operating on this piece of land, once you can prove ownership, in the case of where you own the land then you tell us where you’ll be operating there.  Many tour operators operate on land that they don’t own, you know, on public lands so they cannot present ownership.”

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