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Oct 4, 2017

Tourism Board Plans Relief Effort for Caribbean Partners

It has been weeks since hurricanes Maria and Irma devastated parts of the Caribbean whose economies depend heavily on the tourism dollar. Today, the Belize Tourism Board, in collaboration with the Belize Tourism Industry Association and the Belize Hotel Association, launched a relief campaign to support our Caribbean brothers and sisters affected by the impact of the hurricanes.  Donated funds will go to the Caribbean Tourism Organization which in turn will disperse the money on a needs assessment basis.  Expected arrivals in both cruise and overnight during this period is about one hundred thousand dollars thousand dollars but the campaign hopes to raise even more.  Of note is that Belize has benefitted by the addition of cruises to our two ports as ships have been diverted to this region for October and November due to the current state of the islands.  The campaign is explained by representatives of participating entities. 

 

Noriko Gamero

Noriko Gamero, Director of Cruise and Destination Planning, B.T.B.

“Us as the Caribbean, we are all members of the Caribbean tourism organization which we fall under the logo: One Sea. One Voice. One Caribbean. And in unison of that we really wanted to take on the lead of donating one dollar for every arrival for the month of October. We are reaching out to all stakeholders to multiple the effect and also donate a dollar. So for example, if you have a hotel and you have fifty guests you can donate fifty dollars that same guest might go on a tour and the tour operator might take ten of those guests and they’ll donate ten dollars and so forth creating larger impact.”

 

John Burgos

John Burgos, Executive Director, B.T.I.A.

“In this time of need it is only fitting for us to stand in solidarity and render our support in any way possible. With this great initiative that the B.T.B. has managed to pull together the private sector is in support of and encouraging our members to not only support in the way the B.T.B. has requested but also to consider other funding that can be contributed towards the hurricane relief efforts.”

 

Ted Tejada

Ted Tejada, President Belize Hotel Association

“There are many islands that were devastated that many islands that greatly depended on tourism that was their man source of income and just taking into perspective that Belize – forty-eight percent of the economy of this country depends tourism and if a hurricane would hit us we ought to be devastated and some of these islands would take six. It has been weeks since the passage of the months just to get electricity back. We want to be able to help them in a small amount by contributing whatever we can.”

 

Tourism stakeholders are asked to collect funds individually and deposit to relief account at Heritage Bank for Belize Tourism Board Hurricane Relief account number 9131283.

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