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Jun 8, 2011

Overnight tourist arrivals up and sugar is sweeter in Orange Walk

Dean Barrow

While the P.M. had to respond to many burning issues, his quarterly opened with news about the economy. The Statistical Institute of Belize is still preparing the official data but the P.M. gave an outline of the state of major industries. The oil industry is pumping more barrels of oil and preparing for oil well number five at Never Delay. The P.M. noted that loans from CABEI for four point eight million U.S. for the Jalacte Road will create more jobs.  And during the last quarter a major worry was the state of the sugar industry which suffered a setback with malfunctioning turbines. Well, the PM reported that sugar could not be sweeter while there was also an upsurge of overnight tourist arrivals into the country.

Dean Barrow

“Tourism is clearly on the rebound. Tourism is growing again in Belize and since we have identified tourism as a principal motor of economic development in Belize, this is very welcomed news to Belize. What the records show is that with respect to overnight visitors, there was an increase through the Phillip Goldson International Airport alone; there were two thousand one hundred and twenty-three visitors between January and March of this year as compared to January and March of 2010. Altogether, there is an overall growth in overnight tourism in the first quarter of this year of a little bit in excess of three percent—three percent increase, three percent growth in the tourism overnight sector in the first quarter of this year. The other major pillars of the economy: agriculture; certainly in terms of exports we’re doing well. We’re also about to complete a very successful sugar crop. In recent memory, the ratio, the tones of cane necessary to produce a ton of sugar is just over eight when in previous years it had been over ten approaching eleven; that sort of thing. So despite the hiccups and certainly after the bailout that Central Government provided to BSI, despite the issue with the factory turbines that you know about, this is going to be a successful crop year for the factory and principally for the sugar cane farmers of Belize.”

We’ll have more on the press conference in Thursday’s newscast.

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14 Responses for “Overnight tourist arrivals up and sugar is sweeter in Orange Walk”

  1. Lucas says:

    Mr. P.M. that is good news but what about the continual violation of our western border. I have never bought into the premise that our border is POROUS. I believe our border can be protected. I believe PUDP govts. policy is APPEASEMENT. How do you respond to the accusation of DERELICTION OF DUTY as far as protecting our western border is concerned?. I am sure you read the interview with Major LLoyd published in this Tueday edition of the Amandala. Did You? I am surprised and profundly perturb that this issue was not raised at this press conference. By the way, what about the oil refinery?. I believe it is a must if we want to bring down gas price. Don’t you? Is it true or not that England had promised monies for the Jalacte Road? If true, what happened to the monies?

  2. Rod says:

    Belize a failed state because of this useless pm and gov.

  3. Elgin Martinez says:

    Why is this PM worrying about barrowing money to build a road in the Jalacte area when he can’t even deal with the internal problems as it relates to gang in Belize City.Hope he is ready to deal with all this lawlesness from Guatemala that might affect Belizeans living in the Jalacte area.

  4. Disappointed says:

    Since sugar was so good maybe now the Progresso road will get worked on so that the cane farmers don’t have to spend all their money fixing their delivery trucks that the road tore up. At least that would free up money to invest in material needed for the cane fields and give an even better crop next cane season.

  5. yc316 says:

    I strongly oppose the jalacte road, use all those millions for other projects that are more important. the condition of streets in most villages in Belize are very bad.

  6. Charlie Price says:

    Reduce street/gang crime and WATCH TOURISM GROW BY 10 percent or more.

    The main source of ecomomic growth should be AGRICULTURE!!!!!!

  7. Lindsay Howard says:

    It will be interesting to see what tourist arrival stats are like for the 2nd quarter. I believe they’ll be down. Also, I am told that the banana industry is suffering due to a banana virus.

  8. Ringo says:

    I bet tourism has gone up in Tourism Minister Heredias San Pedro.
    In the North it has gone DOWN DRASTICALLY.
    Boats now travel from Chetumal to San Pedro and completely bypass Corozal.
    NO MORE BUSINESS for Taxi’s Hotels, Airlines, Water Taxi, Restaurants, Gift Shops, Bars and anyone in Corozal.
    NOTHING IS OPEN on Mondays & Tuesdays in Corozal.
    Corozal has become a ghost town and a shell of the powerhouse it USED TO BE.

  9. trik says:

    yes Mr. PM you stated “we have identified tourism as the principal motor of economic development in Belize” so tell me why the hell you want to drill oil in our protected areas, do that and you will see how your principal motor of economic development goes down the drain along with our exports!!

  10. john says:

    checkout the road in the village of hopkins .the main street is dusty and they will pave jalacte that is mada !@$$

  11. Bruce says:

    It is very depressing to read these comments, Lucas, If you have been informing yourself, Batsub has given the Army vehicles to protect the borders without helicopter assistance. Rod = -0
    Elgin Martinez THE PM is a multitasking position! Disappointed There are a lot of roads in Belize that will need work for some time! yc316 Read Disappointed
    I have witnessed at least a grader working in our area for the first time in 13 years!

  12. Elgin Martinez says:

    Tourists arrival is up sugar is sweeter in Orange Walk and yet unemployment is rampant in the Jewel.

  13. I Have Awaken says:

    Overnight tourism up, everyone still broke, because everything else went up to take away all that you have worked for, in bills. PM you spend too much time patting yourself on the back; i still cringe when i go to Belize City and see tour guides taking guests on horse and bogie tours throw the city. There is nothing to see in Belize City, nothing that is of a tourist attraction and we are slowly but surely tearing down all the old historical buildings that should have been maintained and used as historical tour sites throughout the city. A damn shame that city is.

  14. Steven says:

    My wife and I were planning to move to Belize and open a business there, but from what I’ve been reading of the crime there, the lawlessness of some area’s, the cops excepting bribes or pay offs, people getting murdered, butchered by machettee’s and all the rest…..I think we’ll turn our attention to some other country. Maybe…just maybe the governing fathers will wise up and step out of their comfort zone, take off the blinders that they are wearing an have a good long hard look at whats going on around them not to mention within their own backyards. Why spend a million plus dollars building a road when the money could be used for grander things. Mr. PM? you want real tourism dollars? you want real growth in your country? then take your thumb out and get real, get down and get busy cleaning up your countries BAD ELEMENTS!!!!

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