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Nov 14, 2018

Maya Launches its New San Pedro Terminal & 4th Edition of Caribbean Culture & Lifestyle Magazine

Today, McNab Visuals, in partnership with Maya Island Air, held an open house in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. The purpose of the event was two-fold: it allowed for McNab to unveil its fourth instalment of Caribbean Culture and Lifestyle and the soft launch of the newly constructed terminal for Maya Island Air. Stakeholders from the tourism industry converged at the facility where they got a firsthand look at what the company says will improve visitor experience when travelling with the local airline. News Five’s Duane Moody was there and files this report.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

Maya Island Air is arguably the premier local airline company in Belize, providing daily scheduled flights to various destinations within the country. Today, the company held a soft launch for its newly constructed terminal at the airstrip in San Pedro. The new terminal is complete with an ultramodern lobby, baggage claim and a restaurant/cafe and lounge area on the second floor. The facility is described as a state-of-the-art terminal.

 

Marian Hernandez

Marian Hernandez, Marketing Manager, Maya Island Air

“Through this airport, we have about three thousand passengers for the year so the numbers are growing and because it is the number one destination, we have people coming to Belize to visit. And we have both local and international tourists. Downstairs we have the check-in area; this is where passengers arriving and leaving will come to check in. And if they feel they want to come upstairs and grab a coffee, a drink or something to eat, they can. If they have time, they can sit down and enjoy the pleasant and great ambience of this upstairs VIP lounge.”

 

The installation of a new visitor’s lounge and waiting area for Maya Island Air is testament that the tourism industry on the island is ballooning. That, according to Mayor Daniel Guerrero, speaks to the volume of tourists, both local and international, who are expected to visit the premier island destination in Belize, San Pedro.

 

Daniel Guerrero

Daniel Guerrero, Mayor, San Pedro

“Tourism and the aviation industries work together because if tourism is weak, then aviation would not be there. So what we are seeing today, based on the infrastructure that is being put by the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism renovating all the municipal airstrips with lights and all that, it means at lot to the entire country. And when you look at it, both airlines working together, investing huge amount of money for their terminals across the country, it proves that the industry, tourism, is growing. And it is showcasing that we’re going to have a lot of tourism in the coming years. I don’t see any company investing huge, millions of dollars on their terminals and not having the tourism coming. So this is a good sign for San Pedro, a good sign for the entire country—tourism is on the increase.”

 

There was a simultaneous launch held inside the terminal for the Caribbean Culture and Style Magazine of McNab Visual. The fourth edition of the magazine is available not only online and on social media, but at every Maya terminal and onboard your flights. It’s a good read for all tourists because it provides a snapshot of restaurants and sites and even fun activities when visiting a particular area in the country. The cover photo, this time around, featured the Silk Cayes in the south.

 

Tanya McNab

Tanya McNab, Creative Director, McNab Visual

“The distribution that Maya gives us throughout Belize is extremely important to the publication and to giving visitors information of what to do when they are in Belize. So we aim at doing a quarterly publication back in January and here we are on edition four. And this is our biggest edition because we are getting into high season, the magazine has more pages, we brought on more advertisers, more partners. And so we are really excited about launching today in conjunction with Maya. So it is really a celebration for both Belizean companies, both working for tourism and so everybody here is really excited. It’s geared towards telling people what to do when you are in San Pedro. What a day looks like in Cayo, what a day in Placencia looks like, where are the hotspots; if you want to invest here, what are the steps. If you want to get married here, what are the rules. So we try to make each edition some sections that are a must. We always have the map and how to get around so we always have information that’s standard, and then we change the articles based on a number of different things.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.

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