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Aug 5, 2016

The Impact of Hurricane Earl on Tourism Industry

Karen Bevans

Like in agriculture, there was good and bad news in tourism. The good news is that all tourists in the country prior to the storm were placed in safe accommodations and are accounted for. But then there’s that really bad news.
Karen Bevans, Director of Tourism

“In looking at the preliminary assessment and our biggest tourism destination, San Pedro, we had significant damage when it comes to the piers and docking facilities. It is estimated so far that at least ninety percent of all piers and docking facilities have been destroyed. The dive shops on the piers have also been destroyed. We have significant beach erosion and many fallen trees and debris. Fortunately the accommodations received minimal damage and we are hoping that coordination with them, working with the stakeholders, we can get the accommodations back in order as soon as next week. In talking with some of the stakeholders the reports are – once the Human Resources and the utilities are back in order, operations will resume as normal. In Belize City, we experienced similar damages when it comes to the piers and docking facilities. Two of our major resorts in Belize received some structural damages, namely the Radisson and the Ramada. The Biltmore is in good condition and is operational at this time. When it comes to the airlifts, our airport is in good condition – no problems reported at the airport, no downtime. In fact the airport is now operational. The Fort Street tourism Village – flooding and debris and cleaning up have commenced, and that village should be ready for Tuesday for the next cruise ship arrival.”

 

Where the archaeological sites are concerned, Lamanai and Altun Ha were damaged to some extent, but the assessment is ongoing to enable a more accurate determination.

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