Tourists Reminded to be Careful, but Belize is Safe
In an interview with News Five, B.T.B.’s Karen Pike addressed the persistent reports of persons working inside the Tourist Village warning away cruise ship tourists from buying from vendors outside the village or even walking on Belize City streets due to fear of crime. Now while Belize City does have its crime hotspots, the old-world atmosphere of the Fort George area doesn’t come to mind. The Belize Tourism Board is working to change this view by preaching common sense about getting into dangerous situations, but also reassuring that Belize on a whole remains very safe for tourism.
Karen Pike, Director of Marketing and Industry Relations, B.T.B.
“The Belize Tourism Board works with the Tourism Police Unit, and we work with industry partners and stakeholders as well in terms of coming up with a strategy to handle those kinds of challenges and complaints. It is an ongoing challenge but we are working with all the relevant players in that.”
“To a tourist who may watch this newscast tonight and be thinking of coming to Belize, perhaps this very weekend, how would you rate us of dealing with going onto the streets and interacting with Belizean people and not have to worry about getting your purse snatched or that kind of thing.”
“We would encourage all tourists and visitors to be aware of their surroundings and be relatively cautious – anywhere they go, anywhere in the world actually, but especially here in Belize we would encourage that.”