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Jul 19, 2013

Will there be MOU’s for mega tourism development projects?

Government has been tight lipped lately about the cruise tourism megaprojects which have gone before Cabinet for consideration. Included in that multimillion dollar package are the Stake Bank project, the Norwegian Cruise Line tourism project at Harvest Caye and the Puerto Azul development project near theTurneffe Atoll. There is word that memorandums of understanding are on the table for signing but as we said, government is not confirming that report. Minister Lisel Alamilla is a member of the five member Cabinet sub-committee appointed to investigate and provide recommendations on the projects. News Five asked her for an update.

 

Lisel Alamilla, Member of Cabinet Subcommittee

Lisel Alamilla

“I really would prefer that this is answered by the ministry that has direct responsibility with these developments that is taking the lead. My ministry is mostly giving technical support in regards to how these projects may or may not impact the environment. Yes, that wasn’t there last week I was only there Tuesday but yes these projects have been discussed at cabinet. As I said earlier when you weren’t here, I will leave the ministry responsible for investment to respond to the questions regarding how they are dealing with the interst from N.C.L., from Mr. Fienstien and from Puerto Azul. We haven’t given a lot yet on Harvest Caye because we still have to do a site visit there but we have raised initial questions as to that project. At this point we just asking is Belize interested in this project and then we will get into the details about how the environment comes into it.”

 

The previous N.C.L. project for cruise tourism in the Peninsula was rejected when stakeholders in the industry vehemently opposed the project because the National Sustainable Tourism Plan recommends only pocket tourism.

 

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