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#317086 - 01/05/09 05:53 PM Steve O'Dell and Filming - Idiot
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BELIZE HOTEL ASSOCIATION
#13 Cork Street, P. O. Box 2480, Belize City, Belize
Tel/Fax: 501-223-0669, E-mail: bha@btl.net, Website: www.belizehotels.org

For Immediate Release
January 5, 2009

Press Release

Re.: Steve Odell, Videographer/Photographer

The Belize Hotel Association was approached some time ago by Mr. Steve Odell seeking assistance in the production of video advertisement and photography for member properties. Our offices assisted Mr. Odell by initiating contact with members, arranging photo shoots and generally assisting to make sure that he was afforded as many courtesies as was necessary to facilitate the actual production of his work in Belize.

Shortly thereafter, Mr. Odell placed the advertisements, videos and photos collectively into a website which he named www.belizehotelassociation.com.

Mr. Odell promised that the site would be turned over to the Belize Hotel Association in due time and that he was working to fine tune the site.

The offices of the Belize Hotel Association became inundated with complaints about Mr. Odellís lack of professionalism towards some member property owners and managers. Mr. Odell further became hostile towards the Belize Hotel Association when the Association refused to write a support letter to the Belize Tourism Board and other authorities seeking assistance for him to bring in his production equipment, household items, vehicle and other items free of taxation, levy or charges of any kind into our country.

To this day, there are properties that have paid for and not received the product he promised to them.

We have been notified by member properties that he is again soliciting work from properties using the same listed www.belizehotelassociation.com website as his bargaining tool and reference.

The BHA further received word today that he is using the guise of being the official photographer/videographer of the BHA to sell his services to the unsuspecting Belizeans business owners and individuals living in Spanish Lookout.

The BHA would like to warn everyone in Spanish Lookout that Mr. Odell does not represent, own or is a part of the BHA and has no right to use the BHAís name to garner business for his inadequate and shoddy services.

We have a list of complaints against him and his services and we are taking this opportunity to warn all of Spanish Lookout to beforehand so that they do not get burned by this individual. Mr. Steve Odell does not represent the Belize Hotel Association in any way nor is he authorized to use the name of the Belize Hotel Association in reference to any work he is proposing to do for any person, property or organization.

Any person who does business with Mr. Steve Odell does so at his own risk. The Belize Hotel Association distances itself from him and his handy work in this country and asks that he removes the name of the association from his advertizing and promotions.

He has proposed to now sell us the site www.belizehotelassociation.com at a premium to the BHA. The only site that is recognized to truly represent the BHA is www.belizehotels.org .

The BHA has started proceedings to have this settled in a court of law in Belize and has advised the pertinent departments of Government such as the Department of Immigration, the Belize Tourist Board and all members of the Tourism Sector of his proceedings in Belize.

Kindly contact the offices of the Belize Hotel Association for any further details about Mr. Odellís sojourn in our country via telephone or email.

Signed,




Kenrick Theus, President
Belize Hotel Association

Belize Hotel Association Contact:
Office Telephone: 223.0669
Personal Cell: 672.0669
Email:kenricktheus@consultant.com


Kenrick Raymark Theus, Director
International Centre for Responsible Tourism-Belize

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Personal Cell Number: (501) 625.2998
ICRT-Belize Cell Number: (501) 672.0669

Hotel Association Number: (501) 223.0669
Alternative Office Contact: (501) 671.0669
Office Fax: (501) 223.0669
Alternative email: kenrick@icrtbelize.org

The Third International Responsible Tourism Conference will be held in Belmopan, Belize in May 2009.
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#317413 - 01/07/09 01:58 PM Re: Steve O'Dell and Filming - Idiot [Re: AdvantageRealty]
Diane Campbell Offline
Is this guy here on a work permit? Just wondering if Labour and Immigration have been called in?
Further suggest this release be on Channel 7, channel 5, Morning Show etc.........


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#317523 - 01/07/09 08:06 PM Re: Steve O'Dell and Filming - Idiot [Re: Diane Campbell]
Portofino Offline
Diane,
I emailed your suggestion to Kenrick.
Jan

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#317529 - 01/07/09 08:12 PM Re: Steve O'Dell and Filming - Idiot [Re: Portofino]
shuffles Offline
Great idea, and another issue.....since he has to be paid in US cash, do you think for one minute he's collecting or paying GST or business tax? Not hardly.

Might be a good place for the tax people to go when they find out what properties he is planning to go to or when he is planning to come into the country.

He's a rip off artist, and a con man, and not a very good one at that.
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#317692 - 01/08/09 07:56 PM Re: Steve O'Dell and Filming - Idiot [Re: shuffles]
Portofino Offline
And we have answers:
Originally Posted By: Kenrick Theus
Thank you for the comment and teh suggestion. I have forwarded to Einer for his perusal and decision. Odell has become a problem and we need to deal with him decisively.

Regards,

Kenrick
Originally Posted By: Einer Gomez
I had sent the press release to the office of the Minister of Tourism. I will follow up today on this.

Thanks

Einer

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#318256 - 01/12/09 07:04 PM Re: Steve O'Dell and Filming - Idiot [Re: Portofino]
TacoBoy Offline
in the meantime, there is a very reputable Videographer on Island that has done some very fine work (just a little plug for him, although many of you likely know him already)

Paul Hampson is his name (the significant other of Cindy Vigna). He's been here 3 years now full time and has completed a number of projects. He has incorporated his business and is a permanent resident.

His website is: www.aquaspheres.net - although his newest work isn't up there yet.

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#355080 - 10/20/09 12:23 AM Re: Steve O'Dell and Filming - Idiot [Re: Marty]
Amanda Syme Offline
never heard one good thing about this chap.

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#355254 - 10/21/09 03:09 AM Re: Steve O'Dell and Filming - Idiot [Re: Amanda Syme]
Portofino Offline
There is another post where you can read about him: http://ambergriscaye.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/ubb/showflat/Number/283362/

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#390022 - 10/15/10 09:26 PM Re: Steve O'Dell and Filming - Idiot [Re: AdvantageRealty]
shuffles Offline
We had to kick him out of here too. Just like Jan, he was kicking and screaming and cursing at us the whole time. Then he sent us some really derogatory emails after that.

Apparently he has forgotten about it since we keep getting emails from him....loser.....scam artist...
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