The BTIA a broad-based tourism umbrella organization that seeks to bring together tourism related interests to meet the challenges of a dynamic and growing tourism industry in Belize.

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July 2022

Travel has evolved and travelers no longer expect to be confined to their resort or hotel, consuming the foods that they are used to and interacting with people from their own country. Modern day travelers desire engagement with the people, cultures and landscapes of the countries they visit. They are eager to try new things.

In Belize, the world’s second-largest barrier reef system stretches along the Caribbean coast and rainforest trails lead to Central America’s highest concentration of Maya ruins. But follow the aroma of coconut curry shrimp and you’ll get to know another side of Belize. In a country where nature is medicine and food has long been the foundation of ancient civilizations, tapping into Belizean culture means tasting it. With a uniquely Caribbean and Central American identity shaped by several cultures, including Kriol

The 22nd Placencia Lobster Fest was held from July 15th to 17th on the Point at the Placencia Municipal Pier. It was well attended by both international and domestic tourists. There were a variety of activities, including face painting, a lobster cookoff, watermelon eating contests, boat parade, mechanical bull riding competition, and much more. Stig Da Artist, Dee Breezy, Kylo Eiley, Pantempters Steel Orchestra, and a host of local DJs energized the crowd with their impressive performances.

BTIA participated in a National Cruise Tourism Policy Planning Workshop which was held at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel in July. It had the participation of over 50 representatives of the cruise ship industry. During the workshop the current and potential strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the cruise industry and its stakeholders were discussed. One of the priority areas that BTIA focused on was social equity, which includes equal wages for gender, fair labor practices, and

On Wednesday, August 3, BTIA’s Executive Director, Linette Canto, participated in a ceremony hosted by the Belize Tourism board (BTB) to unveil the Seine Bight Welcome Center Concept. The ceremony was held at the current Seine Bight Police Station where Hon. Anthony Mahler, Minister of Tourism and Diaspora Relations and Hon. Rodwell Ferguson, Minister of Transport, Youth and Sports addressed the gathering. Members of the Seine Bight Village Council, Villagers and invited guests from neighboring communities were in attendance.

In July, BTIA’s Executive Director, Mrs. Linette Canto participated in a Festivals in Belize webinar for 75 US travel advisors. The session was moderated by Travel Trade Manager, Natia Kvachadze. The Belize Tourism Board and the Belize Hotel Association were represented by Mr. Simon Noralez and Mr. Reynaldo Malik, respectively.

Statistical and anecdotal evidence continues to point to a strong recovery for Belize’s Tourism Industry. While the outlook for the rest of the summer and fall—our traditionally slowest time of the year—is not likely to reach last year’s “revenge travel”-inspired levels the general consensus is that late November and beyond will see both hotel occupancy and overall tourism revenues return to at least 2019 levels.