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Sep 3, 2019

BBA Says It’s Satisfied with Outcome of Transportation Meeting

Thomas Shaw

Thomas Shaw, President of the Belize Bus Association, says that they are satisfied with the outcome of the meeting. And notwithstanding the challenge of conforming to standards set by their competitors, several adjustments have been made in order to meet those requirements.

 

Thomas Shaw, President, Belize Bus Association

“Well yes we are satisfied, it has been a long haul and I want to say a big thank you to G.O.B. for actually listening to us. And as I said at times we got frustrated and we thought that it would actually never happen but in reality tomorrow this SI will be signed.

 

Isani Cayetano

“Now, you’re looking at the issue of road worthiness for some of the vessels that will be traversing our highways. And we are looking at buses that are pretty old and some of them are in pretty bad shape. How do you guys as an association plan to conform to certain standards particularly to compete with ADO?

 

Thomas Shaw

“Well to be honest with you that question that you ask us something that the association has already worked upon. Because we have so many tour operators in this country. We have operators in this country that has been upgraded tremendously over the past couple of years. We have the biggest tour company here in this country which is Premiere Charters. They are actually a part of our association. We have other operators that have the same type of buses and actually can give the same type of service that these guys are giving at the moment. SO we don’t want anybody to figure that because it is Belize that we should actually stay behind and let people try to discriminate and state that we can’t really provide the service that is actually needed out there.”

 

John Burgos, Executive Director, B.T.I.A.

John Burgos

“We are in support of the Belizean people first. We know the issue is not as clear cut as it seems to be. But I am very satisfied to see that some of the people on the table inside were willing to compromise and discuss. And to see how it is going to work out. So we are going to see how its implementation as of tomorrow is going to impact. Like I mentioned to the tour operators and the bus owners, we represent the private sector, we are not here to say that it’s wrong, we just going to look at how it’s going to impact hoteliers and how it’s going to impact other tour operators as well.”


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