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Aug 11, 2020

B.T.I.A. Reacts to G.O.B.’s Decision Not to Open P.G.I.A.

John Burgos

The reopening of the Philip Goldson International Airport was scheduled for this Saturday, but was delayed after cases of COVID-19 surged.  A survey shows that the majority of members of the Belize Tourism and Industry Association were in support of the resumption of commercial flights to Belize because the tourism dollars are needed to revive the local industry.  According to Burgos, while B.T.I.A.’s members are cognizant of the facts that prompted the Prime Minister to keep the P.G.I.A. closed, they are anxiously waiting for a specific reopening date.

 

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

“A lot of members have been investing in trying to meet the gold standards, getting ready for the fifteen of August. It is not only about preparing your business, also about the travelers that had been booking their flights and so on. One of the things that is a priority is that the government needs to let us know if it is going to be the fifteen of September? Is it going to be the first of October. It is important to have a date and I know our members are anxious to know what is the tentative date for the reopening of the P.G.I.A.  I  can tell you that I just spoke with someone early this morning trying to find out when is going to be the reopening. I told him we don’t know yet. They were also expressing that we need to start. We understand why things were postpone but we want to know when. We have to set a date, set a fixed date because the reality is the COVID-19 is not going anywhere any time soon. So I think trying to opening it sooner with a small number of tourists it gives everybody private sector, public sector the opportunity to better prepare and to better manage.”


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