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Jun 3, 2016

BCCI and NCC Sign Agreement on Event Scheduling

Scheduling conflicts between the Annual Carnival Road March and the Expo Belize Market Place will soon be a thing of the past.  The Belize Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the National Celebrations Commission have signed on to a mutual agreement to establish a formal calendar outlining the dates for the respective events.  The calendar forecasts that expo will be held on September third and fourth, while carnival will be held on September seventeenth for the next fifteen years.  The Chamber’s Vice President of Commerce, Marcello Blake, explains the process that went into devising the calendar.

 

Marcello Blake, VP Commerce, BCCI

Marcello Blake

“That arrangement is really to look at the future of both expo and carnival and to try and avoid some of the clashes that we’ve had in the past.  We both are a part of the September Celebrations calendar and we recognize that both of us have a place in what is the full September Celebrations.  For us, the clash in the past where we would have chosen to have activities on the same day, both organizations did not end up benefiting our commerce sector and so our chamber members really have said to us that, you know what, it has to be that for us, between the tenth and the twenty-first, that payday that’s the mid-month payday is really what is important to ensure that when the visitors to the expo come out, they come out and they are able to invest in the offers that are there from the various companies that are represented.  For that to happen, obviously when there’s a clash, monies have to be spent or there has to be a decision on where the money gets spent, whether we spend it on carnival as a consumer or spend it buying stuff at the expo.  So what we did this time around was to try and iron out dates for the next, I believe up to 2030, to avoid that conflict so that both entities, both groups are able to comfortably participate in the September Celebrations jointly.”

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