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Oct 4, 2022

Making Belize a Connecting Hub for Central America & the Caribbean

Over the past two weeks, the Ministry of Tourism and Diaspora Relations has been actively attending high-level meetings with regional leaders and tourism counterparts in the Caribbean, as well as engaging with Belizeans living in the U.S.  In the Cayman Islands, a delegation of senior officials from the Ministry of Tourism and Diaspora Relations, headed by Minister Anthony Mahler, attended the Council of Tourism Ministers and Commissioners of the Caribbean Tourism Organization. The objective of the meeting was to highlight opportunities to market products more effectively to both the Caribbean region and the international tourism marketplaces. Minister of Blue Economy and Civil Aviation, Andre Perez also attended that meeting as an integral partner in the local industry. So what’s the future of tourism for the region?  Minister Mahler says that as Belize is set to assume the tourism chairmanship for SICA, the goal is to advance the country as a hub for connectivity between Central America and the Caribbean.

 

Anthony Mahler

Anthony Mahler, Minister of Tourism & Diaspora Relations

“It was myself, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism from the Bahamas, from Cayman and from the Dominican Republic. So it was a high level panel and we discussed the future of tourism aligned with what is going on in the aviation industry. We continue to say it that Belize could be a bridge between Central America and the Caribbean and I believe in that strongly.  In January, we take over the tourism chair for SICA and I will work hard to merge the discussion between the Caribbean and Central America. I believe there is great potential for inter-regional travel and so we are working with certain airlines to ensure that we build capacity within the region. In his twenty-first speech, the prime minister announced that the management group for the airport will be investing a hundred and twenty million dollars in the coming years.  If you really look at the airport, you only have problems on the weekends, and so my strategy and our strategy has been talk to the airlines to ensure that they are not only focusing on coming on the weekends, but throughout the entire week so that we don’t have that bottleneck on the weekends.”


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