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Sep 18, 2020

Will Hotels Have to be Gold Standard Certified to Operate?

Ted Tejada

Will hotels mandatorily have to acquire gold standard certification or they won’t be able to open? That’s the information surfacing tonight.  Reports are that a legal document has been drafted to tie the hands of hoteliers and resort owners to become certified.  Earlier this year, the Belize Tourism Board through consultation with the Ministry of Health and private sector tourism agencies developed a gold standard certification.  Hotels and resorts have been making considerable investments to satisfy a nine-point list of best practices to ensure that they are operating under special COVID-19 procedures for the safety of guests and staff.  To date, only fifty-nine properties have achieved gold standard accreditation and over a hundred applications are before the B.T.B. being processed.  BHA President, Ted Tejada says that hotels, regardless if they are catering only to domestic tourism, will have to acquire gold standard certification to operate.

 

Ted Tejada, President, Belize Hotel Association

“To be honest, I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but I know, it is going to become law, in order for you to sell a room to anybody, doesn’t matter if it is going to be a Belizean or international [tourist], we gotta listen to ourselves and say there is over fifteen hundred Belizeans with this disease already so anybody coming in and visiting your hotel could be infected with the virus. So this is not an option if you want to sell a room, become a gold standard; you must become a gold standard. And as I understand, there is going to be a hefty penalty for any individual selling a room without a gold standard certification. So I believe that within the next month, the tourism board is going to be flooded with applications because arriving in the country of Belize, the only way you will be able to past immigration is that you must be able to show the immigration officer that you have a reservation with a gold standard hotel.”


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