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Oct 5, 2018

Does B.T.B. Have the Best Interest of Small Tour Operators?

FECTAB says that the B.T.B. is appeasing Carnival Cruise Lines at the detriment of the small tour operators and tour guides posted outside of FSTV. According to the umbrella organization, there are forty tour operators or roughly about six hundred persons working at the tourist village and collectively they say they are willing to say bye to Carnival.

 

Yhony Rosado

Yhony Rosado, President, FECTAB

“B.T.B. defends itself with what happens if carnival goes. I have the answer for it. I am the sorcerer. Remember NCL gone, we noh dead. We punish, but we no dead. So if Carnival go, we noh wah dead. We noh wah eat rice and beans, we wah eat long water beans like me. We noh wah dead. But B.T.B. and the masters always question if we make too much noise, Carnival will pull off. Well dehn pull off NCL. Gentlemen, we don’t need no ship fi come; we need anybody fi come fi come nice.”

 

Tom Greenwood

Tom Greenwood, Member, FECTAB

“It is the sacred responsibility of the powers that be—in this case the B.T.B. and above them the ministry and right in the crunch, in the middle the City Council—it is the sacred responsibility of these people to say wow, six hundred Belizeans out there. How do we make sure that they ker bread home? How do we make sure that they work? How do we make sure that external powers—i.e. people inside the village and the cruise ships, et al—don’t crunch them and all that. This is the way of thinking of Mexico, of Guatemala, of Costa Rica, of Aruba where I’ve been too. This is their thinking. But you come to Belize and it goes into a devilish corner.”

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