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Mar 1, 2021

Cruise Tourism to Restart mid-2021

But what about cruise tourism?  Up until the COVID-19 pandemic, over a million cruise ship passengers would come to the Jewel annually. That came to a screeching halt last year, but tonight there is both good and bad news. The good news is that cruise tourism will restart in late May early June; the bad news is that the international cruise stakeholders are only going to be working with specific tour operators and sites.  Minister Mahler says the limitation will be only for a few months.


Anthony Mahler

Anthony Mahler, Minister of Tourism & Diaspora Relations

“Cruise tourism is important for the Belize district and down south. Just recently I had a discussion with Michelle Paige and the F.C.C.A. and initially they were looking at somewhere around October/November to begin cruising to Belize and this part of the world. I have good news; they are now talking about the end of May and early June to begin cruising in this part again. So we are working on the protocols with the Port Authority, the Ministry of Health and other partners to ensure that we are a safe destination when cruising starts again. From my discussion with the F.C.C.A., they are saying that it is going to be a phased approached. For a short period, they are going to work in a bubble and then they are going to rollout rather quickly. So maybe for a month of so the cruise lines coming to Belize will be working in a bubble, meaning that they will work with a specific tour operator and other sites in the country, but that won’t last too long. I have articulated to them that we can’t have so many people in the industry, who have invested over time not being able to participate and they understand that so that is not going to last too long; this operation in a bubble.”


There are also discussions about the reopening of land borders, but only to facilitate tourists entering the country for vacation not Belizeans travelling to Mexico or Guatemala for business or leisure.

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