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Dec 9, 2014

Belize Named One of Five Worst Ports of Call

Geovannie Brackett

Firebrand activist organization COLA has managed to find its way into many different causes which affect the quality of life of roots Belizeans all over the country. And they’re back in it again on behalf of tourism stakeholders. Belize has made it onto a list, and its not a good one. According to highly rated yahoo Travel, Belize is one of the five worst ports of call for cruise ship passengers in the Caribbean. Ouch. The article doesn’t exactly condemn Belize City, but it does state that there is little to do there, and it refers to the old capital as ‘dreary.’ It also specifically points to the fact that there is no cruise port and tourists have to be brought in by tender. That’s right up COLA’s alley, since along with FECTAB and tour operators, they have been agitating for the construction of a cruise port where ships could dock in Belize City. Today News Five spoke to COLA President Geovannie Brackett, and he told us that the article highlights what they’ve been saying all along. 


Geovannie Brackett, President, COLA

“I completely disagree with the article in that it gives an unfair representation of what Belize has to offer as a tourism destination. The article does admit in some fairness that while there is not much to do in Belize City, there is a lot to do outside of Belize City. But what it emphasizes is that they can’t dock here. That was the big emphasis there. We at COLA have been advocating that we don’t care who builds the port, but Belize City does need a port. And that is not just because we are advocating for Stake Bank or anything, but the fact remains that the cruise lines are moving towards using the mega ships, the Oasis-class ships and the B.T.B. has confirmed this and if we don’t build a port, we will begin to lose calls. So what we are saying at COLA is that one, there needs to be a holistic approach to cruise tourism as it relates to Belize City. We know that municipal elections are coming up; whosoever is aspiring for mayoral candidate needs to come with a definitive and well-defined plan that works in collaboration with a tourism plan—with the B.T.B. and the stakeholders—for there to be more activities and attractions in Belize City. But not only that, I think this is the head-time that the government needs to engage in the conversation and break the impasse right now and push forward at fast speed the whole idea of getting a port for Belize City so that the ship can dock. The approach from the government right now I think is too lapsed. Cruise tourism is just as important as the sugar industry. And if you would look at it, what cruise tourism means to Belize City—the hair-braiders and all those taxi drivers that depend on tourists coming in—if you were to build a port that would multiply the numbers to come in and that will also bring more revenues into the city. And there needs to be that holistic approach and government needs to come push forward in getting a solution to this current impasse that we have and establish a port that the ships can dock for Belize City.”

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5 Responses for “Belize Named One of Five Worst Ports of Call”

  1. Buzz Miller says:

    The truth is that Belize “city” is a sh*t hole. People who live there think it’s actually a city and some actually think it has a social scene but it’s really just a mud hole with open sewers, thugs, gangs and a few idiots who think they are socialites. This junk yard actually has ride by shootings because the thugs are so poor they can’t afford cars. They have literally sunk and I mean sunk millions into streets that will soon sink in the mud just like everything else in Belize “city” where they can’t even afford to pick up the garbage. Dreary is probably the nicest word Yahoo could have used to describe this garbage dump. Invest money elsewhere in Belize in areas that are truly beautiful, stop wasting it in Belize “city” just because that’s where PM lives. Maybe you should elect a PM from another district and they will stop wasting money on Belize “city”.

  2. Greeneyes says:

    Hmm Buzz Miller are you born belizean or probably from out district. But i do agree, with taking all those buses and horse sh*t to where you live. I am from the city, and live in a part where you are probably too scared to visit. And the only thing that is dreary here, beside your opinion are the tourist bus and horse shit that those cart deposit on the streets. So please Mr PM, move all these eye sore to Buzz Miller location and never allow him in our city!

  3. Common Sense says:

    Buzz Miller – your perception becomes your reality….clean you heart….nothing good comes from dwelling in negativity.

    Belize City is Belize City….there is beauty in all of creation, including Belize City….look to the positives and you will see.

  4. John Boy says:

    I have been to most ports of calls in the Carribbean,and Belize is one of the worse.Belize City have so much potential.We need to restore our Colonial past like Grand Cayman,we also need to need up the city,crack down on crime,and stop begging tourist,and yes I was born in Belize.

  5. islandboy says:

    I agree, Belize does need a port, but I don’t think it has to be in the city. maybe out on an island, or down south, lets give ourselves some alternatives

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