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P.G.I.A. Won’t Reopen on July First

Today marks a record forty-six days since there are no new cases of coronavirus recorded in Belize and the prime minister took the occasion to address the nation on the [...]

No Date for International Flights as Yet

The Prime Minister also outlined that the re-opening of the P.G.I.A. hinges on rapid testing.  All appeared to be in place, but on Thursday, the International Air Transport Association is [...]

All Borders Remain Closed Indefinitely

Belize’s land borders are also to remain closed indefinitely. PM Barrow pointed to a spike in coronavirus cases in Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras.  Those countries which abut Belize in the [...]

NCL Lays Off Close to 300 Employees at Harvest Caye

The tourism industry is a major player of the economy, driving job creation and foreign exchange.  But COVID-19 has severely affected the industry, causing massive layoffs. As a first step [...]

Bus Industry is at the End of its Tether

The economic news continues to be grim; the unprecedented impact and the effects of the novel coronavirus are reverberating throughout the economy. In fact, even before the crisis hit Belize, [...]

Tourism Stakeholders Need G.O.B. to Help with Accessing Long Term Low Interest Loans

Tourism was the first sector to start showing the impacts of COVID-19. Hotels and resorts in prime tourism destinations such as Placencia, San Pedro, Caye Caulker, Hopkins and the Cayo [...]

Local Tourism Won’t Make Money, But Will Likely Boost Morale

As you know, with the ease of restrictions, domestic tourism is being promoted as a first step to open up the industry. Stakeholders are offering great deals for Belizeans to [...]

Reopening the P.G.I.A. Will Pose a Challenge…

Last week, Prime Minister Dean Barrow announced a tentative date for the reopening of the Philip Goldson International Airport to allow for international visitors to resume travel to Belize. July [...]

…But B.T.B. Keeping International Visitors Engaged

While health experts foresee challenges with the reopening of the Philip Goldson International Airport, there is optimism at the Belize Tourism Board about international tourists being able to return to [...]

Belizean Traveller Campaign is Launched to Boost Domestic Tourism

With the borders and the international airport still closed, local tourism is being promoted across the country as a first step before international visitors begin making their way back to [...]

B.T.B. Developing a Property Manual for Hotels/Resorts

As the Belize Tourism Board promotes local tourism, it is also getting ready for the day when international visitors arrive at the P.G.I.A.  It is collaborating with the Ministry of [...]

You Can Now Travel Outside of Your District!

As Belize records another day without an active case of COVID-19, the public gets a relief on some of the restrictions. One of the big changes is the allowance of [...]

Multimillion-Dollar Question: When Will the P.G.I.A. Recommence Operations?

International travel has come to a halt with the closing of the international airport and borders in almost every country. Here in Belize, ports of entries remain close, only cargo [...]

Reopening Local Tourism; Great Deals for Belizeans to Overnight at Hotels Across the Country

Belize, along with Barbados and Bahamas, is being cited as the three countries in the Caribbean region hardest hit in the tourism industry by the COVID-19 pandemic.  We know that [...]

When Will Belize Open Up to International Tourists?

Local tourists only contribute to ten percent of the revenues collected by hoteliers across the country; the bulk of its income is made by international tourists who would take advantage [...]

Hotel Restaurants & Pool to Be Reopened to Guests

It is expected that later this week, restaurants at hotels as well as pools will now be allowed to be open to guests. Belize Hotel Association President and General Manager [...]

A Guideline for Hotels/Resorts Going Forward with COVID-19

The tourism industry in Belize collapsed as soon as COVID-19 began to spread in the region. As early as January of this year, hoteliers began experiencing cancellations in reservations and [...]

Are Hoteliers Willing to Accept Repatriated Belizeans for Quarantine Period?

One last issue on the tourism industry…In his press conference last week, Prime Minister Dean Barrow spoke about the repatriation of Belizeans stranded in other countries. They are expected to [...]

Tourism Industry May Reopen as Early as July

The opening up of the country for Belizeans to move freely to other local destinations can start as early as next week.  But that brings about the question of a [...]

John Briceño Says G.O.B. Should Have Listened to Warnings on Investment in Tourism Industry

Even before a first case of the novel coronavirus was detected in Belize, the pandemic shattered the tourism industry. Airline and cruise tourism came to a standstill with cancelations fast [...]

PM Weighs in on Harvest Caye

Earlier this week, we reported that Harvest Caye was being put up as part of several collaterals for the financially embattled Norwegian Cruise Line to float a bond of two [...]

Norwegian Cruise Lines Warns of Possible Bankruptcy

What is the future of Harvest Caye in southern Belize? As you know, the novel coronavirus wreaked havoc in the entire tourism industry across the globe, when no sail orders [...]

Tourism Will Be Last Sector to Reopen

San Pedro is prime destination and tourism is the number one revenue generator for the Belizean economy but it will be the last sector to be reopened as the country [...]

Hotels Can Now Open but for Only Local Guests

With Belize’s tourism industry on life support and hoteliers going out of business, one of the changes to the regulations is that hotels can resume business. But there is a [...]

Westline Layoffs Personnel Due to COVID-19

COVID-19 has the Belize economy in a chokehold and while the government struggles to breathe, a long list of businesses countrywide are forced to shut down and lay off employees. [...]