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Feb 10, 2011

Political Parties differ on solution to Cruise Tourism problems

Both major political parties, the U.D.P. and the P.U.P. agree that Cruise Tourism is an industry that needs more than just souvenirs, taxis and hair braiders to stay afloat.  While there are no shortages of visitors, when Carnival sneezes, the entire industry catches a cold. The dispute has been over the cost to ferry tourists from ship to shore and whether or not there will be a need for tender operators in the next few years. And while the P.U.P. and U.D.P. agree that something must be done, there is however, a fundamental difference between the two parties on the issue of tendering.

Dean Barrow

Dean Barrow

“I will merely say that we have been approached by at least one section of the tender owners about making good on our promise to have the D.F.C. assist in their desire to purchase bigger tenders. The two large tenders that were brought in by Norwegian Cruise Line and which still remains as I understand it in Customs at Big Creek, are two tenders that this group it appears is desirous in purchasing. We repeat that we will ask the D.F.C. to provide the financing for that and government will of course allow those tenders to come in duty free at that juncture. Whatever else we can do, as soon as the contractual arrangements are cleared up, this government will, it goes without saying, do.”

John Briceño

John Briceño, Leader of the Opposition

“When you look at the issue of cruise tourism, again the Prime Minister proudly announced that he is going to Miami to meet the people from Carnival to address this tendering issue. First of all I need to point out that our Prime Minister is the Chief Executive Officer of Belize and as such our Prime Minister should meet nobody less that the Chief Executive Officer of any company. And when he went he met people at middle management. Obviously these people do not have the authority to make these decisions. He came back announcing that he has an agreement, just to be embarrassed (a few what) about a week or two later, to find out that there was no such agreement. And now that he is trying to accommodate the tenders by what, what does he offers? Let us lend u more money so that you can buy these big tenders and allow these Belizeans to get themselves into more debt. I want to make something very clear right now, when it comes to tendering, the People’s United Party’s policy is very clear—tendering is for Belizeans, Belizeans only. We are going to protect that for our Belizean investors or the people that are already in the industry. But why on earth are we going to allow them to get into more debt to the tune of millions of dollars when we know that for us to solve the issue of cruise tourism there must be a cruise terminal. We have to build the port. That’s not a matter of if or what, the long term solution is for us to build that port. I see that within the next three years we must build it. That is how we are going to solve the issue, not by having our Belizeans tenders take on more debt.”

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6 Responses for “Political Parties differ on solution to Cruise Tourism problems”

  1. BZNinCALI says:

    I hope the PM knew better than to meet with Carnival’s mid level management & didn’t allow them to treat him like a house boy & this is statement is just a part of their political gamesmanship.

    I believe the two cats were valued at well below a million, if what was submitted to customs was right. Last year we were negotiating with a Turkish Company to take over our port or build a new one, a solution most of us couldn’t swallow. We cannot ask the boat owners to buy new boats if the new port will make those boats obsolete in a few years & we need to own & operate our own ports.

    Johnnie, you outmaneuvered Musa, Espat & Hyde, sit down & talk to Dean, work it out for the good of the country, then let Manuel know what you are doing.

  2. rod says:

    this is the first time i hear something sensable from the pup now this makes sense not what the pm is saying this pm thinks too small and he does not have the leadership qualities you need to be the pm of this country he should stick to being a lawyer perhaps he is good at that but as far as being a leader he he falls very short and he is making the belizean people and country of belize look foolish and childish and ignorant so please barrow do us all a favor and resign please resign.

  3. Josie says:

    WAY TO GO JOHNNY, LET THEM HAVE IT

  4. Earl Grey says:

    THIS PRIME MINISTER NEEDS TO LEARN WHO TO MEET WITH…….

    Didn’t he MEET WITH THE GANG LEADERS HERE IN BELIZE City?????
    Are we any better off???????

    NEXT WE WANT TO HEAR………………Mr. BRICENO’S …………ANTI-CRIME(gang) PLANS or ideas.

  5. The People Had Enough says:

    Bout time PUP start to kick to @$$. That is what we want in a leader, good ideas, logical ideas, real solutions to our problems not a bunch of hog!@#$ that barrow spew every time he does a press conference. STIMULATE, NOT STIFLE AND SUFFOCATE THE ECONOMY.

  6. Indy says:

    I agree with you Johnny.

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