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Dec 6, 2017

Hilton Curio Mahogany Bay Resort Opens

A new luxury resort was launched today in San Pedro just in time for the tourism high season. A year later and over a hundred million dollars in investment, Mahogany Bay resort opened its doors to Hilton members visiting the island. At the launch today, it was announced that this latest CURIO brand resort is among five in the Latin American and Caribbean region. News Five’s Duane Moody was present and files this report.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

A year and a half after the announcement was made that the Hilton brand of hotels and resorts had found its home on the south side of San Pedro Ambergris Caye, today, Mahogany Bay Resort and Beach Club officially opened its doors to guests. The luxury, high end resort is partnering with the iconic hospitality chain through one of its brands, CURIO. Over a hundred million dollars later, a first phase of the facility was launched before industry partners and friends.

 

Manuel Heredia Jr.

Manuel Heredia Jr., Minister of Tourism

“It’s a historic day in the history of the island of San Pedro. I can recall from the very beginning of the development itself—reclamation and so—I have been part of the development because I believe in development, I believe in creating jobs for people over here, I believe in having contractors visit and have Belize in good development.”

 

Juan Arboleda

Juan Arboleda, Director of Brand Performance, Hilton Hotels

“This hotel joins over forty other CURIO collection hotels that have been opened across the world, including five here in the Caribbean and Latin America region. Like this one, each special CURIO property is an integral addition to the collection and the destination it calls home in Mahogany Bay with its wide array of amenities including the private white sand beach club with a pool bar, poolside spa treatments, beautiful events space and a private white sand beach club is an ideal addition to our expanding collection.”

 

The resort boasts miles of white sandy roads dotted with kiosks and the many types accommodations. From cottages to townhouses and even keeping rooms and family suites, the sixty-acre property also features many local and internationally-owned businesses and restaurants, coffee shop and even a wellness/yoga and spa center and a water sport company.   Hundreds of Belizeans in the hospitality industry have since been employed and trained through partnership with BTEC. Minister Tracy Panton says the first of its kind CURIO-brand resort is the result of all sectors coming together.

 

Tracy Panton

Tracy Panton, Minister of State, Trade and Commerce

“This special occasion speaks volumes about what is possible when all the conditions are right and culminate at the perfect time. The vision that is carefully nurtured and transferred to paper; the partnerships that seamlessly blend to provide both the expertise and financing to create an experience that is authentically Belizean; the investment climate that provides a sense of fair play, new opportunities for the Belizean workforce and mutually beneficial relationship between the government and its investment partners.”

 

Daniel Guerrero

Daniel Guerrero, Mayor, San Pedro Town

“Direct contribution of travel and tourism to our country’s G.D.P. was four hundred and eighty-nine point seven million dollars, fourteen point one percent of total G.D.P. in 2016 and is forecast to rise by four point four percent in 2017 and to rise by four point eight per annum from 2017 to 2027, to eight hundred and nineteen million Belize dollars. In 2016, travel and tourism directly supported eighteen thousand fire hundred jobs or twelve point six percent of total employment in the country. This is expected to rise by sixteen point nine percent in 2017 and rise by five point three per annum to thirty-three thousand jobs or fifteen point five percent of total employment in the next ten years.”

 

The resort is the brainchild of Beth Clifford, the C.E.O. and Developer of Mahogany Bay Village.

 

Beth Clifford

Beth Clifford, C.E.O., Mahogany Bay Village

“It was a fifty-page plan that articulated a vision about what we wanted to go do. And our big hairy goal was this; could we partner with a country to build the next, next traveler destination in the world? Could we partner with a country to build the next, next traveler destination in the world? That is a big hairy audacious goal and I was reminded of it today as we raised the flag—the only flag in the world that has two individuals of different races on the flag—and this is truly a symbol of who Belize is; building a partnership of the resources, natural and human in the country of Belize, with those of people around the world.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.

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