THE BELIZE TOURISM INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION IN COLLABORATION WITH THE BELIZE EMBASSY IN MEXICO HOSTED A FAMILIARIZATION TRIP WITH MEXICAN PRESS AND TRAVEL AGENTS

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: BELIZE CITY, BELIZE – 4th September 2015

 The Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) in collaboration with the Belize Embassy in Mexico City is pleased to announce that it hosted a very successful Familiarization Trip this past weekend, 28th to the 31st of August 2015, with Mexican Mexico City-based travel agents and journalists.  This initiative was the brainchild of Belize’s Ambassador to Mexico, His Excellency Oliver del Cid, with the main purpose of promoting Belize as an attractive tourism destination to the Mexican community.  The private sector’s involvement in establishing new partnerships and working relations with Mexican counterparts and stakeholders in tourism is paramount to the development of our tourism industry.

 Belize presents a pristine and exceptional experience as a result of our unique inland and marine ecosystems, the Maya archaeological sites, and the numerous protected areas. The Fam Trip focused on Northern Belize and the Northern Islands, starting in the Corozal District with a tour of Santa Rita Archaeological Site, then moving on to Cerros Archaeological Site and the Corozal Bay. The Orange Walk District was the second stop where the group went on a boat tour to the Lamanai Archaeological Site and participated in an evening Crocodile Spotting tour. “La Isla Carinosa” Caye Caulker followed where the delegates were taken on a sunset tour and a tour of the island. The tour wrapped up at “La Isla Bonita” San Pedro where the Mexican guests were provided with an exciting tour of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley along with site inspections of various local businesses.

 The Mexican delegates indicated that they are anxious to share their positive feedback and enthusiasm about the unique adventure that they experienced during the entire trip.  Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley was described as a world-class experience by all the delegates in attendance because of the rich, beautiful and pristine marine life.

 The BTIA and Belize Embassy in Mexico will be hosting other Fam Trips in the near future. Focus will be given to other parts of Belize such as: Western Belize (Cayo/Belmopan), Southeast Coast (Dangriga, Hopkins, Placencia), and Southern Belize (Toledo).  Opportunities to promote Belize are presently under consideration to attract Mexican tourists from large cities such as Monterrey, Guadalajara, and others.

 The BTIA National Secretariat extends its sincere appreciation to Belize’s Ambassador to Mexico His Excellency Oliver Del Cid, First Secretary Embassy of Belize Mr. Carlos Montero, the BTIA Chairpersons for the Corozal Chapter, Guadalupe V. Rosado; Orange Walk Chapter, Lourdes Zaldivar and Jazmin Zetina Tourism Officer; Caye Caulker Chapter, Stacy Badillo; and San Pedro Chapter, Melanie Paz. Thank you as well to all BTIA members who supported this initiative with in-kind contributions: Tropic Air, MB’s Car Rental, Our Island Tours, Hotel Maya, Tony’s Inn and Beach Resort, Nahil Mayab Restaurant, Lamanai Ecotours, Cocina Sabor, Lamanai Landings, Seaside Cabanas, Caye Reef Condos, Caye Caulker Accommodations, Island Magic Resort, Sea Dreams Hotel,  Caye Caulker Reef Friendly Tours, Fantasy Dinning, Roses Bar and Grill, Island Magic Hotel, Sunbreeze Hotel, The Palms Ocean Front Suites, Victoria House, El Secreto, Ecologic Divers, Las Terrazas, San Pedro Belize Express Water Taxi, San Pedro Taxi Association and Ramon’s Village Resort.

 

Contact:

Belize Tourism Industry Association

execdirector@btia.org

Tel: 227-1144

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