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Jan 4, 2022

Tourism Industry Showing Resilience

Stewart Krohn

The head of the Belize Tourism Industry Association, Steward Krohn, said that the Belizean hotels have proved very resilient during the pandemic and very few have had to close down. He says one of the positive aspects has also been the increase in local Belizean traffic to destinations within the country, a trend he hopes will continue even when the land borders reopen.

 

Stewart Krohn, President, BTIA

“You have not seen many places go out of business. The statistics that Ted was referring to, some of the hotels that have not come back, it’s a little bit deceiving because a lot of those hotels may have been Air B&B type operations that are technically registered as hotels, but they’re really not significant hotels. Also, the comeback has been good. But, I’d like to point out one of the real major stories during the pandemic was the shift of our local residence towards vacationing in Belize. Of course, because the borders were closed for a long time, and particularly the land borders, which are still close, Belizeans vacationed locally in record numbers, and I would like to congratulate them for patronizing our own tourist properties. And hopefully, now that Belizeans have seen the wonders of our country, when the borders do open up eventually, they will hesitate to go back to Cancun, Playa, Chetumal, Bacalar, and stay in their country. I would comment, well look at Ted right now, he is staying at lovely Chaa Creek, and I would be eternally jealous. But, that’s a good example right there.”


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