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Apr 6, 2017

New Tour to Introduce Twin Towns to Tourists

Earl Trapp

Even as the fight against crime is on, the twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena are set on keeping the title of “number one inland tourist destination” right at home.  The town council has been working towards a tourism project that is set to attract even more visitors to get to know what the west has to offer.  When News Five spoke with Mayor Earl Trapp, he told us about this project they are looking to launch in the next month or so.


Earl Trapp, Mayor, San Ignacio/Santa Elena

“It is a part of the Town Council’s vision and a part of communicating, consulting with the people. We are trying to, since we are considered the number one inland tourism destination, we are trying to develop the down-town area. At the moment we have a “Twin City Tour” that we are about to launch. So, we are trying to prepare the entire downtown area. If you will see the sidewalk, the railings and all being done is just a matter of public safety because we have a lot of students who traverse that area going to school. As a part of public safety, it works there and it also improves the aesthetics in the downtown area.”


Andrea Polanco

“The twin town tours – is this something supported by the tourism stakeholders here in this area?”


Earl Trapp

“Definitely. Yes. As a matter of fact we have been in communication with some of the hoteliers. We have a community that tries to work arduously with us to get the destination points – plotting up the destination points. Basically, it is something that is needed because it will encourage more overnight tourism within the towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena and that is what we need.”


Andrea Polanco

“And you do foresee it providing additional employment opportunities?”


Earl Trapp

“Well, that is the general idea to get more employment within our municipality. We have many entrepreneurs that have been arduously working in trying to open their own business. And I believe that so far it has been working but as well the market is becoming saturated. If we could launch such a great project, I think we could encourage or attract more Belizeans and international tourists to our municipality and that is where I believe more of our local businesses in terms of fast foods would come into play.”

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