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Jul 24, 2020

Belize Tourism Industry and Association Charts the Way Forward

The Belize Tourism Industry and Association today hosted a forum under the theme, “Belize Tourism Industry: Charting a Way Forward.”  The event brought stakeholders together to prepare for the recovery of the tourism industry. Executive Director for B.T.I.A., John Burgos says that the forum is an efficient way to discuss various topics that are important to the public and private sector in anticipation of the arrival of international guests.  Burgos explains that it is critical for stakeholders to unite and join forces to maximize resources.  At the end of the event, the B.T.I.A. will present a report with recommendations and plans to the Prime Minister and the National Oversight Committee.

 

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

“The key concern as started in the first panel is that to ensure that everybody is on the same page, that we are moving together side by side. We don’t want people to move in different directions at different paces. We have to ensure that all the protocols that are being place at the airport, by the immigration office, by the customs offices, by the airport management authority and then thereafter into whoever tourism stakeholder the passengers are going to.”

 

John Burgos

Hipolito Novelo

“Are any of the members of the B.T.I.A. struggling to fully prepared come August fifteenth.”

 

John Burgos

“Well that is the reason we opted to advocate with the Development Finance Corporation and the Minister of Finance the Honorable Prime Minister to begin to seek financing with IFIs and see what kind of finances opportunities under special conditions too because it cannot be the traditional way. We are asking for low interest rates and we are asking for better terms and conditions for these loans and try to work it out for a five to seven year period because that is how much times you are going to require for you to begin to receive the level of revenues that you were experiencing up to February of this year.”

 

Natalie Goff

Natalie Goff, Development Finance Corporation

“We are trying to help them with working capital financing. Normally working capital financing comes from the internal revenue but that is not coming in and so what DFC has looked at from a management level is to see how we can and if we do provide that financing it will be a short time. So we are looking extend that term a bit maybe three to five years to give them  chance to recover and to get it as low as possible interest rate.”

 

Stewart Krohn

Stewart Krohn, Managing Director, Naia Resort and Spa

“Given the protocols, give the fact that at least in this face of protocols your tourist are in fact prisoners at a resort and I understand why those protocols are there but it is a challenge to the resort management to provide the overwhelming great experience that we are used to providing with our visitors and still stay within the protocols. If my guests are not allowed to leave the premises how are they going to really enjoy the Belize experience?”


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