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Jan 5, 2017

Blue Hole, Placencia Get International “Big-Up”

The B.T.B. wants your vote to make the Great Blue Hole the ‘Best Caribbean Dive Site.’ Belize was nominated in the ‘Ten Best Readers’ Choice Award’ contest after it was selected by a panel of diving and Caribbean travel experts. The voting online is now open and ends at midnight on Monday, January thirtieth. Belize is nominated along with nineteen other destinations, including Bonaire, Puerto Rico and Aruba.  You can visit the B.T.B.’s Facebook page on how you can start voting for Belize. Today, we spoke with Director of Marketing at the B.T.B. Karen Pike.


Karen Pike

Karen Pike, Director, Marketing & Industry Relations, B.T.B.

“Some Caribbean experts or some global experts have nominated the Blue Hole to be on the Caribbean Best Diving Site. So what has happened is that there is voting going on for the next four weeks through a specific website, through U.S.A. Today, where Belizeans and supporters and ambassadors of Belize can go online and vote for Belize to be awarded for such an award.”


Duane Moody

“Whether or not Belize wins, it still gives a boost to the country. Could you talk to us about that?”


Karen Pike

“So with other countries that have been nominated as well, Belize is now seen as a contender in something such prestigious as this—having the best diving site in the Caribbean. So for other Caribbean islands we are seen as one of the top destinations in the region. So it is part of the same strategy and the same theme in promoting the country as the best destination for travelers. The dive site, being the Blue Hole and getting more exposure, this definitely falls in line with what we want to promote as a great activity and experience in Belize.”


We also note that Belize got a big mention in the New York Times. Placencia made the list of New York Times’ annual list of fifty-two places to go in 2017. The list points out the barrier reef and recent developments on the Peninsula as things that landed Placencia on the list. A release from the B.T.B. says, “This is one of the most widely shared travel stories each year and a source where many travelers research for their trip inspiration….These events give tremendous exposure for Belize and can aid as a catalyst for growth in the tourism industry. The B.T.B. encourages all to take the time to vote on behalf of our Jewel.”

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1 Response for “Blue Hole, Placencia Get International “Big-Up””

  1. spike says:

    Belize should also be nominated as the very best place to be murdered.

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