Where Will We All Be Going for Easter?
The exodus of Belizeans to destinations across Belize – and some outside – has already begun. Unlike other holidays such as Christmas, Belizeans mostly stay close to home for Easter, pulled by the tradition of Good Friday at church and Holy Saturday’s Cross Country Cycling Classic. But after that is done, it’s off to the beach or the river side. The Belize Tourism Board is always keen to encourage in-country tourism and we spoke today to its director of marketing and industry relations, Karen Pike, about this uniquely Belizean Easter tradition.
Karen Pike, Director of Marketing and Industry Relations, B.T.B.
“We are very excited about this weekend; about domestic travel, being a big weekend for us. We are looking at San Pedro, Placencia, Caye Caulker, Cayo, having high occupancy based on local travel. We also have tourists who are in the country in these various destinations as well. But there are activities for the tourists, for the locals in various destinations across the country and we are very encouraged to see some great results.”
“When you say occupancy, we’re talking hotel and guest occupancy; any particular details there about what hotels are offering discounts for Belizeans, that kind of thing – are hotels offering, water taxi offering, that kind of thing?”
“As far as the Belize Tourism Board is concerned we are just encouraging everyone to visit the various properties, use the local transportation as well. Specials are always offered for Belizeans but it depends on what the property able to provide.”