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May 10, 2022

G.O.B. Gives Tour and Tender Operators $1.5M in Fuel Subsidy

They’ve been clamoring for months for some type of relief in the price they have to pay for fuel to run their businesses. Similar to what it has done for the bus operators, the government has responded to the call of tour and tender operators, through the Belize Tourism Board. This morning, B.T.B.’s Director of Cruise, Quality Management and Capacity Development, Abil Castaneda told reporters that one point five million dollars have been allocated for the subsidy, which will run for six months. Approximately three hundred and fifty licensed tour and tender operators across the country can apply for relief, he announced.


Abil Castaneda

Abil Castaneda, Director of Cruise, Quality Management and Capacity Development, B.T.B.

The application is there so that we can understand what their level of fuel consumption is in the past and also to look at some projections for the future, so that we can finalize in reality a formula that we can use to provide the subsidy in a very equitable manner. The initial thought process was we would give everyone a cap, however, every tour operator, unlike other sectors, they have different use of fuel. There are some that are in the marine area, some that are terrestrial, some that do tours all the way to Xunantunich, some that only do tours to Altun Ha. So we have to be very considerate of all of those elements, and that is why we are making this call for all licensed tour operators to kindly submit their application. The objective of all of this is to try to soften the blow in terms of the increase in fuel prices that we’re seeing across the board.

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