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Oct 17, 2019

Stakeholders Meet on State of Transportation Industry

Since enacting a statutory instrument on September fourth, government, as well as stakeholders in the public transportation sector, have been monitoring developments within the industry where Guatemalan and Mexican buses are concerned.  On Tuesday, all sides met to discuss the existing state of affairs since the passage of legislation to regulate foreign buses entering the country.  Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte provides an update on how the hotel industry is being affected by the changes.

 

Michael Peyrefitte

Michael Peyrefitte, Attorney General

“Couple months ago, the bus association made certain demands of the government and we decided to meet with them to have a discussion on the issue.  What they were requiring wasn’t unreasonable but clearly it was something that would have benefited them greatly and we have no problem with doing anything that would benefit Belizeans.  It would benefit the Belizean bus owners to the expense of the Guatemalans and the Mexicans when it came to bus runs.  We had no issue with that and when we passed the statutory instrument and we signed it into law, then the hotels association and the tourism industry on a whole came to us and said, “Look, we have no issues at all with the Belizean government passing legislation to benefit Belizean bus owners.  However, from a hotel standpoint in particular, it affects us negatively because then now tourists may not to come on those buses, they may want to use the Guatemalan buses instead of the Belize buses.  They would like to be given a choice.  So what we told the hotel association and the bus owners accepted was that we would have the SI in place for a while, we would see how it was going and then we would re-evaluate it from time to time.  So on Tuesday, we had a meeting with the bus owners and the hotel association and the tourism ministry and it seemed that everything was going very, very well.  There were even compliments to us that bus runs have been improving, the people are appreciating that they are doing better business and that is going to give them more incentive to do better and have better and improved buses in the future and serve the Belizean public especially, not just the tourists.”


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