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Nov 9, 2022

Tourism Industry Loses Roughly Six Million Dollars to Hurricane Lisa

In the wake of Hurricane Lisa, the Belize Tourism Board has been conducting a survey to determine the extent of damage that stakeholders suffered as a result of the natural disaster.  According to C.E.O. Solano, an estimate of the total losses incurred is in the region of six million dollars.

 

Nicole Usher-Solano

Nicole Usher-Solano, C.E.O., Ministry of Tourism

“We try to get a very good understanding of what the tourism industry faced.  So immediately, we were able to send out a digital survey. But of course, a lot of the places that were impacted maybe wouldn’t have had any phone lines or would not have had any internet. So we got some, quite a bit of responses back from those properties that were not impacted in that way. So, in addition to that, we had to actually do phone calls and go out on the ground. Our teams have been out on the ground since Thursday visiting properties in Belize City and Belize rural to try and ascertain exactly what the damage is are. So those reports, we were able to give a report to NEMO. We have another report going in today which would be an interim report and we expect that within the next couple of days we’ll finalize that report and be able to give just a more comprehensive view of what the damage was to the tourism industry. But so far, in terms of structural damage, most of the damage was to buildings, a lot of trails were down.  Some of the archaeological sites had a lot of debris. Like I said, the islands, some of the islands are still not accessible right now. So these are the types of damages.  Of course, water damage to furniture and fixtures, this kind of thing. So if you combine damage and loss of business we are estimating somewhere around six million [dollars] from what we just received back from that survey. So that’s what we are looking at.”


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