Placencia BTIA Elects New Board Members At 16th Annual General Meeting

Placencia, Jan. 25, 2012 – Members of the Placencia Chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Association (PBTIA) have elected their 2013 Board. New Councilors Salvador “Salva” Zabaneh, Evan Hall and Ilsa Villanueva now join the incumbent chairman, Stewart Krohn, vice chairman, Steven Christensen, treasurer, David Vernon and former councilor, Doran Yount who now holds the position of Secretary.

Left to Right: BTIA President Herbert Haylock, PBTIA Treasurer David Vernon, PBTIA Secretary Doran Yount, PBTIA Vice Chairman Steven Christensen, PBTIA Chairman Stewart Krohn, PBTIA Councilor Ilsa Villanueva, PBTIA Councilor Evan Hall and PBTIA Councilor Salvador “Salva” Zabaneh.

The new board members were elected at the PBTIA’s 16th Annual General Meeting held on Thursday, Jan. 24 at the Robert’s Grove Beach Resort Conference Room. Over 40 PBTIA members attended the AGM, as well as BTIA President Herbert Haylock, BTIA Executive Director Efren Perez, Belize Tourism Board (BTB) Direct Online Manager Maynor Larrieu and BTB Director of Marketing Alyssa Carnegie who gave the keynote address.

The new councilors represent both the private and public sector in Placencia Village. Villanueva is the manager of Miramar Apartments in Placencia Village and also serves on the Placencia Village Council; Zabaneh is the proprietor of Tipsy Tuna in Placencia Village and Evan Hall is the proprietor of A Belizean Nirvana Beach Suites in Placencia Village.Opening up the AGM , the newly elected BTIA President Herbert Haylock emphasized the importance of members unifying and working with each other to advance the industry.

The PBTIA staff also delivered a financial presentation and annual review presented by PBTIA Executive Director Jolie Pollard. The ED highlighted the PBTIA’s monthly publication, The Placencia Breeze, and discussed the organization’s four successful celebrations in 2012 including the Placencia Sidewalk Arts Festival, the Placencia Lobsterfest, the Placencia Yamaha Saltwater Fishing Tournament and the Placencia Mistletoe Ball.

PBTIA Chairman Stewart Krohn enlightened the audience on the PBTIA’s advocacy work. The chairman spoke candidly of the organization’s role in fighting crime, efforts to support government’s proposed water and sewage project and an initiative to protect the Placencia Lagoon. The Chairman reminded members that they must not be afraid to take an active role in addressing issues affecting the Peninsula community. “What is happening on the Placencia Peninsula represents the future of Belize,” said Krohn, “This is where the real wealth of the nation resides.”

In her presentation the BTB’s Carnegie highlighted recent marketing initiatives and discussed their efforts to raise the level of industry standards across the country. Carnegie also presented promising statistics, which showed an annual increase in overnight visitors of close to ten percent compared to 2011. With regard to the issue of “boom and bust” seasonality Carnegie explained that the BTB is working to address this and other concerns through their three-year-action plan, which can be accessed online at:

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