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Sep 26, 2013

NCL says it’s picking up support from residents of Stann Creek and Toledo

Despite strong objection from the Belize Tourism Industry Association, particularly from six of its past presidents, regarding the introduction of cruise tourism to southern Belize, Norwegian Cruise Line has been garnering support from residents of Stann Creek and Toledo districts.  Since signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Belize in mid-August, a public consultation exercise has been undertaken by representatives of the company to drum up support for the Harvest Caye development project.  Recently, they met with the Placencia Village Council to discuss the planned eco-friendly cruise destination.  Not only was the meeting cordial but NCL also reports that concerns regarding the local ecosystem, including manatee habitats, surrounding mangroves, as well as other fishing areas have been addressed.  The village council has reportedly expressed its confidence in government and Norwegian that the fragile marine and terrestrial ecosystems in the vicinity of the multimillion dollar development will continue to be protected.  A release issued by NCL states that the council also recognizes the number of jobs that will be created for Belizeans as a result of this project.  Furthermore, Norwegian has pledged that the majority of the construction and development of the destination will be handled by Belizeans.  As an incentive, the company has established a hiring program particularly for residents interested in working on its vessels in the near future.  Upon completion of the project, those employees will be prioritized for the available staff positions necessary to carry out daily operations on the island.

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3 Responses for “NCL says it’s picking up support from residents of Stann Creek and Toledo”

  1. belizean first says:

    Belizeans sell their soul for a few pennies!

  2. angry placencian says:

    Where are these Public Consultations being held? I’ve heard nothing of them.

  3. mick says:

    NCL is taking cues from the local politicians with the Olympian tongue twisting! What they are saying there is a blatant lie! I wish I could use all the invectives to denounce them but I have to have some decorum! They have had consultations all right, amongst themselves on how to sell this lie! I would love to have them come to my area, Hopkins and talk that nonsense they have been spewing! Please not that NCL will lie and cheat its way to Belize because they think we are dumb, not well read, gullible and will be fooled by a few shiny pennies! I will continue to extoll my people to not support and speak up against NCL!

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