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Jul 6, 2022

Cruise Lines Want to Increase Port Calls to Belize

The COVID pandemic brought the cruise tourism industry to a screeching halt in 2020. To secure the health of the country, Belize implemented strict protocols and we were able to see a few port calls being made. Fast-forward to 2022 and calls to port in the city and southern Belize are up. The number of ships coming to our shores is expected to go up, as cruise lines have expressed interest in increasing their routes to Belize. Minister Mahler says that the work has begun.

 

Anthony Mahler

Anthony Mahler, Minister of Tourism & Diaspora Relations

“Cruise during that whole COVID period or the height of it, we supported the cruise lines in terms of working with them with the protocols to have people travel safe. In fact we had a lot of criticism when we accepted some ships that were rejected in other parts, but nothing happened in terms of them coming and creating any spread of COVID. We had the data and we had the information and we felt comfortable. And so the cruise lines are very focused on how they can build their numbers to Belize. Now you don’t build numbers to Belize by yourself. We’re not a Bahamas or Cozumel that you do those trips to there; we are on an itinerary. So for cruise, I have spoken to the Minister of Tourism in Mexico and I am going to talk to the people in Honduras for us to come together and set up new itineraries and go after the ships as a block and I think that will work. We are also focusing on the smaller cruise lines because we believe that they bring less people so less impact on the environment, but they spend a lot and they are high-end and so we are trying to attract some more of them. And we believe that by the end of this year or early next year, we should have one or two more smaller cruise lines coming in and navigating through our waters.”

 


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