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Bus Service – Ceased or Reduced?

On Saturday afternoon the news of the countrywide suspension of bus service took off like wildfire online. That’s because there was an announcement made by the Belize Bus Association. The [...]

When is the COVID-19 Bus Relief Coming?

So – the decision was a suspension of bus service countrywide which was to go into effect on Sunday. But a few hours later, James Bus Line and West Line [...]

Travel Ban in Effect Internally; Easter is Off

The month-long state of emergency is on its second day and includes a restriction on all out-district travel.  With Easter vacation only a week away, plans to visit other parts [...]

Belizeans Abroad to be Prohibited Re-entry

The National Oversight Committee, a multi-agency taskforce chaired by Prime Minister Dean Barrow and Opposition Leader John Briceño, has together agreed that all frontier points and ports of entry must [...]

B.T.B. Offers Tax Break to Hotels

With the tourism industry at a virtual standstill due to COVID19, the Belize Tourism Board is offering a tax break to hotels across the country.  Hoteliers are to first submit [...]

Cruise Lines Suspend Calls to Port Until May

There is no definitive period to say when the COVID-19 pandemic will be over, but most people agree that it will take months for economic activity to normalize. In the [...]

At Least 9 Belizeans Returning Home Daily

All entry points into the country were closed on March twenty-third except for cargo. As you know commercial flights, cruise ships have been suspended and the movement across the borders [...]

Bus Association Writes Transport Minister for Relief

Public transportation is necessary for the movement of people who go to work or shop. Ewart Metzgen says that one of the requests being made by the Belize Bus Association [...]

Was Proper Screening Being Done at the P.G.I.A.?

Bryton Codd returned home from Canada on March seventeenth; at the time, that country had seventeen confirmed cases of COVID-19 and schools were closing as a form of containment.  On [...]

New Measures Implemented for Public Buses

Earlier this week transport authorities met with the Belize Bus Association and other bus officials to discuss the movement of persons across the country.  Several large operators closed off their [...]

Many Bus Operators Suspend Operations

Several large bus operators announced that they were halting services between their base and Belize City. Others have decided to reduce the number of buses operating, so they have adjusted [...]

COVID-19’s Devastating Effects on the Tourism Industry

Tourism industries across the world continue to crumble due to the devastating effects of COVID-19. While Belize remains without a confirmed case, the tourism industry here is still feeling the [...]

Employees in Tourism Industry Feeling the COVID-19 Effects

Tens of thousands of persons rely on the tourism industry and with COVID-19 negatively affecting the industry many businesses are left to lay off employees. Hotels across the country are [...]

How Can G.O.B. Assist Hotels and Employees?

According to Tejada, the Belize Hotel Association is working with the COVID-19 National Oversight Committee to mitigate the effects of the deadly disease. A survey is being carried out and the [...]

FECTAB Demands a Seat at the Table

The first case of coronavirus is yet to be confirmed in Belize and while many are hunkering down in fear of contracting the illness once it makes landfall, stakeholders in [...]

FECTAB: “Something’s Require Wahn Dictatorship”

FECTAB’s demand for equity in the distribution of tourism relief is in the interest of small and independent tour operators who they say are constantly overlooked by government and industry [...]

Setting the Record Straight on Guatemalan Transit

Earlier today, word spread like wildfire that Guatemalan nationals were traversing Belize from the Philip Goldson International Airport to the western border and that their transit through the country was [...]

Immigration Dept. Cracks Down on Illegal Border Crossings Due to COVID-19

As you may know by now, Nicaragua and El Salvador recorded their first cases of the novel coronavirus late Wednesday evening.  As it stands now, Belize is the only country [...]

An Update on Border Closures as a Result of COVID-19

Estrada also spoke on the official and legal border points. She notes that only two ports of entry remain open for Belize, those are the Philip Goldson International Airport and [...]

Airlines are Suspending Flights to Belize

On the issue of visitors and entry points, Director of Health Services Doctor Marvin Manzanero says that traffic through the P.G.I.A. is already significantly reduced and expected to dwindle further. [...]

Caye Caulker a Ghost Town; the Economic Impact of COVID-19 on the Tourism Destination

Belize’s economy is heavily dependent on tourism so that the looming COVID-19 is presenting major shocks to the industry.  The Philip Goldson International Airport remains open, but the number of [...]

Cruise Line Service to Belize Suspended Amid COVID-19

The threat of the coronavirus hovers over Belize as we start the weekend. But tonight the Ministry of Health confirms there are no cases of the virus here, but its [...]

Tourism Stakeholders Concerned About Wellbeing of Employees

The economic impact of suspension of cruise arrivals compounded by hotel cancellations, will undoubtedly affect revenue generation within the tourism industry.  Of equal concern to the Belize Hotels Association is [...]

Agricultural Production is Not Meeting the Demands of the Tourism Sector

Earlier this week, a meeting was held to present the findings of an Agri-Tourism study of Ambergris Caye. The twelve-month study looked at agricultural produce that is consumed by the [...]

Belize Overnight Tourism Arrivals Surpass 500K Mark

The Belize Tourism Board today announced that for the first time in the history of Belize’s tourism industry, Belize surpassed the half-million mark in overnight arrivals last year. In 2019, [...]