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Sep 18, 2020

B.H.A. and its Membership Ready for the P.G.I.A. Reopening

Ted Tejada

In less than two weeks, on October first, the Philip Goldson International Airport is set to reopen to international visitors.  There are concerns about the readiness of resorts and hotels to accommodate tourists, while keeping their staff and guests safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. But Belize Hotel Association President Ted Tejada says that following a poll, the association and its membership stand ready for the reopening of the airport.


Ted Tejada, President, Belize Hotel Association

“There is no final vaccine, it is still being tried, but there is no final vaccine. We see that we are going to be standing here September next year and this virus is still going to be around. So we need to learn to live with it. And I think after seven months of not having a guest in your hotel, we’ve seen that it’s been over sixty-two thousand people asking the government for some kind of relief, especially the tourism sector and that number continues to grow every single day. The companies can no longer sustain helping their employees without getting the influx of tourism so most of them have decided that it is time to open. Why? Because they have these beautiful hotels that are now starting to rot because the longer you keep your rooms closed, the moisture, the bugs that get in damage your furniture. So they’ve realised that we are going to be here next year looking at the same situation and we as individuals have to develop protocols to protect the employees, the guests, but we must open. And so we stand with the prime minister that the airport must open October first.”


The Belize Hotel Association is the oldest non-profit private sector tourism organization in the country. Its membership comprises of accommodation providers, tour operators, destination management companies and allied members.

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