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Jul 24, 2020

B.T.I.A. Preparing for Reopening of Tourism Industry

John Burgos

The reopening of the P.G.I.A. is a matter of much public interest. Executive Director for the Belize Tourism Industry and Association John Burgos says that the majority of members support the resumption of commercial flights to Belize. But Burgos says that the decision is in the hands of the government. The Association is also of the view that the P.G.I.A. cannot remain closed for an extended period.


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

“We are still leaving the decision to the government and the National Oversight Committee looking at the numbers and remember this situation is very fluid. What we are seeing now with the spikes in Mexico and the spikes in the US we were not seeing in June. We thought that by now things would have been different, tings would have been better. Unfortunately it is not. So I think the government needs to look at it. You have to look at it two ways. You can’t keep the borders close forever whether it is the PGIA, our land borders. We cannot keep it close forever so I think this August opening will provide the opportunity for us to have a small number of people coming into the country and that is going to provide us with the experience to know if we are going to be able to manage this crowd. Right now I believe the figure given was a little over nine hundred persons coming in flights in August, after August fifteen which is a manageable number. I think opening now gives us the opportunity to test out all the protocols in place and see how it goes.”


Hipolito Novelo

“That nine hundred figure however are flights mostly coming from the states?”


John Burgos

“Yes. You know seventy five percent of our market comes from the US and that is not going to change any time soon and most of the persons coming back are from the US. We can’t run from the fact that the US is the epicentre of the coronavirus virus at this moment and that being our primary market it is certainly raises huge red flags and I think the government needs to take in all precautions and considerations on that. One of the key things right now is that our travellers need to be very well informed of what the laws are going to say and what protocols are going be in place. The moment you come into Belize you are going to be liable and responsible to follow those.”

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