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#216409 - 07/17/02 11:49 AM Web site
Capt. Bill Offline
Is there one web site that lists all the businesses on CC? It would be nice to see all the islands businesses on one list with their owners name. So that when people need something they can be sent or go to the business best suited for their needs.

#216410 - 07/19/02 04:47 PM Re: Web site
Capt. Bill Offline
Come on...some body step up to the plate on this one. This would be a great way to highlight the island and it's great people.

How about the local business people getting together to make it happen ?

#216411 - 07/19/02 11:37 PM Re: Web site
beckyron Offline is a great web site!

#216412 - 07/21/02 01:34 PM Re: Web site
Capt. Bill,

Websites are a business. 99.9 % of the time, you have to PAY to be listed. There are several websites on Caye Caulker, but I doubt any lists ALL the business on Caye Caulker.

Caye Caulker is primarily a "Mom & Pop" run kinda place, who don't spend extra money on advertising.... or even take reservations for that matter. They depend mostly on walk-ins. Because the facilities are small, usually this is enough business to survive, which is the bottom line for island folks (survival, not getting 'rich').

However, to be helpful,

BTIA (Belize Tourism Industry Association) has a website that lists business who pay a fee to be listed on this site; if you don't pay, you are not listed:

BTB (Belize Tourism Board) also has a website and lists business who register with them ( they get a 7% 'hotel tax' from all the business listed!! ), plus registration fees and purchasing of their registration books etc...

Like the Gestapo, if you provide accommodations and don't register with them (pay the 7% 'TAX') they come after you (threaten to take you to court or SUE you)!

Then there is this website where the message board is found:

And ; which is also a business. While they list as many places as they can, only the ones with active links have paid an annual fee.

And the BTIA website knockoff or imitation (check out the NAME!):

which is done by the newest settlers (investors) on the island - the expats from America, Canada, Cayman....

#216413 - 07/21/02 01:48 PM Re: Web site
Enigma Offline
All hotels in Belize are supposed to be registered with the Belize Tourist Board.
All hotels are SUPPOSED to pay a 7% room revenue tax.

The BTB is the governing agency for hotels and it is not about's how you pay hotel tax here.

Of course then there's business tax and sales tax and PAYE...and so on and so on.
Tax, tax, tax.
Although not as bad as the U.S. rates!

Blossom is right about most folks on CC not advertising. I'm wondering if they don't prefer it this way. Part of the problem is that very few people have computers here and they don't realize how powerful internet marketing can be. In time...this too will change. All it takes is one business advertising and others to see the benefits from it. They will want to know how they are getting all their bookings and the rest will jump on the band wagon.


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