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Oct 5, 2018

FECTAB Predicted Shortcomings of Cruise Tourism Industry

Yhony Rosado

FECTAB President, Yhony Rosado broke down how the move has personally affected him and other tour operators, saying that the small tour operators predicted that their fate would be hanging in the balance with the introduction of a foreign tour company and the redirection of Norwegian Cruise Line’s ships to Harvest Caye in the south. Rosado says that the B.T.B. and the government do not have their best interests at heart.


Yhony Rosado, President, FECTAB

“Almost eight years nonstop FECTAB making noise and we told you so. If B.T.B. don’t stop the mega tour company, Chukka all through the Caribbean and coming to Belize, we will punish. We told you so when Harvest Caye finish, we will punish. The minister said FECTAB are liars; they won’t punish. Minister said new ships are coming for that island and ships are coming here; boom, it happened. The city is broke. If you are not broke you have to be a U.D.P. cause all of us are broke. My mother’s broke, I’m broke and all the surrounding broke. If yo pass around my house, all my vehicles are parked. If the country neva broke, all dehn vehicles mi wah circle. Gentlemen, this is a serious thing happening again.  If you are a woman, you have the Department of Women Affairs to protect you; if you are a child, you have a child’s department to protect you. Who protect the tour operators? Who protect the tour guides? Nor City Council nor B.T.B., but B.T.B. supposed to be protecting us. Belize Tourism Board is supposed to protect us—the tour operators and the tour guides—so why we have to always have that argument and fight with our brains, B.T.B.”


John Pollard

John Pollard, Big John Tours & Taxi Transfers

“Tourism dah fi Belizean. I know hundred percent that I am Belize. Those people running tourist village on the inside; man dah noh no Belizean and they have all the preference and the privilege to do what they are doing. Hell no. The time has come for us to stand up gentlemen. We need to stand up, even if it is being arrested or anything else in that form. We need to be together. So gentlemen for me and I guess for you guys also, we are not into that no more.”

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1 Response for “FECTAB Predicted Shortcomings of Cruise Tourism Industry”

  1. Jason says:

    So the whole world must do their business so it given to you all in your laps? Carnival and Jose Ian must invest and send their ships to where yu want? Didn’t you guys all vote for new city council- go to them for protection now- just shows how naive and dumb you all are in planning business

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