All nominations have been received. The top four organization in each category have been placed for you to vote on below. Provide your feedback by voting your favorite in each category. Representatives of the BTB's Board and management team have selected a panel of judges comprised of representatives from the tourism industry (both private and public sector). The identities of the judges are kept confidential.
The two highest votes in each category will be presented to the judging panels
and nominees will be assessed on how well they meet the award criteria. These
semi-finalists will then be further reviewed, and may even be subject to site
visits or interviews. The panel of judges will then confer and pick the winner
for each category.
The Minister independently chooses a tourism personnel or entity
recognizing their distinguished services and contributions in the
Lifetime Achievement Award
The Tourism Awards Selection Committee chooses a person who has been
active in the tourism industry and who has shown tremendous dedication
and commitment in the development of tourism in Belize.
Destination of the Year *New*
This destination is proactive in terms of marketing, product enhancement
and sustainability initiatives. In addition, customers rave about their
satisfaction levels and high service standards found throughout. Events
and attractions are bountiful while both the tangible and intangible
product offering contribute to the lure, comfort and convenience of all
Environmental Organization of the Year
An organization that is a leader in the conservation and preservation of
Belize's natural resources; practices sustainable management of
Belize's natural resources, supports community development and promotes
public awareness and education of environmental preservation.
Receptive Service of the Year
A tourism business entity that offers exceptional service to customers,
the ability to manage a business seamlessly, is sensitive to the needs
of staff, flexible in adapting to change and accommodating to the
industry's needs and offers an authentic Belizean experience.
Hotel of the Year
A licensed hotel that offers a gateway to paradise, where service
exceeds excellence, engulfed with positive attitude and attentiveness
of staff, offers exceptional value for money, has outstanding facilities
and amenities, remarkable ambiance, innovation and the ability to
provide visitors with a true sample of the Belize brand.
Restaurant of the Year
A restaurant offering a dining experience and not just a meal or a
routine. Here, the ambiance is bliss, the menu offers diversity and the
service is great. The personality of the restaurant is as distinct as
the staff is professional.
Small Hotel of the Year
A licensed small hotel that captures the essence of warmth and
homeliness, displays customer - service excellence, utilizes
environmental best practices and sound management.
Tour Operator of the Year
A licensed tour operator that offers a variety of tours which excels in
service, product innovation, marketing, creativity, uniqueness, safety,
reliability and value for money.
Tour Guide of the Year
A licensed tour guide with a wealth of knowledge, has the ability to
mesmerize an audience, excellent communication and interpersonal skills,
positive attitude, creativity and the ability to provide world-class
Frontline Person of the Year
A frontline employee who has unmatched interpersonal skills, the ability
to welcome guests with great Belizean hospitality, is well versed about
the Belize product and provides a memorable experience.
Cultural Award of the Year
Small Vendor of the Year
A person or organization that exemplifies Belizean entertainment, is
instrumental in the creative arts, and/or music, food and promotes and
preserves Belize's cultural heritage.
A small vendor who offers creative and quality products and provides
value for money with exceptional service.