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Oct 5, 2018

FECTAB: We Will Not Be Moved to Marion Jones

The Federation of Cruise Tourism Associations of Belize, FECTAB, is at odds once again with the Belize Tourism Board; this time over a proposal to remove tour operators from the terminal one area of the Fort Street Tourism Village to the Marion Jones Sporting Complex. The plan, which was to be announced on Thursday at a scheduled press conference by B.T.B. and the Belize City Council, was to see small tour operators do a two-week “dry run.” The idea was to mitigate congestion outside the Fort Street Tourism Village. That press conference was postponed but today, FECTAB held one of its own with a resounding battle cry: we will not be moved. 


David Almendarez

David Almendarez, Cavetubing R Us

“It’s not the first, it is not the second, it is not the third time the Belize Tourism Board has tried to get rid of the ordinary poor man bread and butter. At one point in time that Cruise Ship Village used to feed a lot of us handsomely, good; so much so that we quit we regular job and we dedicate we life to serve the cruise ship industry. All of us are independent, none of us are foreign funded, none of us are considered…they say we fight for crumbs. And so through whatever mechanisms they’ve had, they decided that they should move us again.”


Yhony Rosado

Yhony Rosado, President, FECTAB

“B.T.B. wanted to move us before they won the election. And somehow they showed them paper works that we are ready to move and we are here to tell this country, to tell this government and to tell everyone that have a little bit of influence not to move us from there.  We are barely making anything and if they move us from there, we are not making anything. This is a carnival cooperation thing. Carnival advise the brain masters of B.T.B.; B.T.B. advise the brain masters of the government and then the government apply the hardcore city council cycle men them to close down our shops. There is a new business right across tourism village. There’s only fifteen, twenty feet away from where the money is in tourism village, outside terminal one. What’s the name of the place? Sector 51. They are only fifteen apart and they are not making money and they want to take us a thousand feet down the road.”

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1 Response for “FECTAB: We Will Not Be Moved to Marion Jones”

  1. Jason says:

    Good we don’t want you hooligans near Marion jones either

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