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Mar 20, 2020

COVID-19’s Devastating Effects on the Tourism Industry

Ted Tejada

Tourism industries across the world continue to crumble due to the devastating effects of COVID-19. While Belize remains without a confirmed case, the tourism industry here is still feeling the fallout.  There are significant cut backs in employees, and losses are in the millions of dollars. With the closure of the Philip Goldson International Airport and northern border, the figures are expected to increase in the coming days.  Hoteliers across the country are suffering mass cancelations and hotel rooms have become empty.  President of the Belize Hotels Association, Ted Tejada describes it as a tsunami of cancellations through the nine hundred and fifty registered hotels in the country. According to Tejada, hotels might not see a booking until July. 

 

Ted Tejada, President, Belize Hotels Association

“It has been a week that we have been seeing a tsunami of cancellations and I am a hundred percent that many of the hotels though that they would be able to keep a ten percent of their guests at their hotels. You got to realize that this is the high season. This was the peak of the high season. Easter was coming. Every single hotel in Belize was sold out. March was suppose to be one of the best months and April that Belize had ever seen. Unfortunately last week we realized that there was a tsunami of cancellation coming in. As of today hotels had had ten percent of their guest still in the hotel. Yesterday, the U.S. issued a travel advisor that it is recalling all its citizens’ to the United States by Sunday.”


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