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Oct 20, 2017

Sustainable tourism at center stage of annual B.T.B. conference

The B.T.B. brought together over a hundred tourism stakeholders in Belize City for its annual tourism conference. The theme this year focused on Sustainable Tourism and to bring across the message, the B.T.B. lined up internationally acclaimed presenters and local speakers. B.T.B.’s Marketing Manager tells us why it’s important for the B.T.B. to shine the spotlight on this theme:


Jocelle Stephens, Marketing and Public Relations Manager, B.T.B.

“It is a yearly event that we host for all our stakeholders; hoteliers, tour operators; tour guides – all who play an important part in the tourism industry. We feel it is necessary on a yearly basis for us to get together so that we can network with each other and we can edify each other on trending topics that are relevant to the tourism industry and ultimately to Belize. We selected ‘Sustainable Tourism: Responsible Tourism and Best Practices” because we felt that it is pertinent for us to embrace such a topic. This year, the UN has declared 2017 the year for Sustainable Tourism, with that in mind and the fact that the National Master Plan calls for sustainable tourism, we felt that this was the time for us to host such an event with such a theme.”


Andrea Polanco

“When we think about sustainable tourism – where are we, as a country, where are we in the practice of sustainable tourism; how many of the tourism partners are engaging in sustainable tourism?”


Jocelle Stephens

Jocelle Stephens

“Usually during the conference we focus on international speakers; this year we twisted it just a bit and incorporated a part of the agenda that said testimonials where local stakeholders can actually speak to what they have accomplished to the different shortcomings they have face; challenges they have faced in their journey of sustainable tourism. So, this morning we had Chaa Creek – Ms Lucy Flemming gave her presentation on the initiatives that they have done over the past years in sustainable tourism; they have been awarded internationally and recognized for their journey in sustainable tourism. We also have Hamanasi and the different initiatives that they undertake to ensure that their resort, their employees practice sustainable tourism. This afternoon session would be on culinary tourism, an emerging trend that is in Belize. We also have a testimonial from Gaia Lodge where they will actually talk about their farm to table initiative.”

Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

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