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#388087 - 09/18/10 05:06 PM Tourism SICA Ministers meeting in SPR
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l-r: Hon. Luis Simo, Hon. Alan Flores, Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr., Mrs. Carmelita Heredia, Hon. Napolian Duarte

Belize is hosting a high level Tourism Sistema de la Integracion Centroamericana (SICA) meeting on Ambergris Caye. Tourism Ministers from all Central American counties will be participating in a series of follow up meetings on pending SICA issues. As part of the SICA meetings, the Central American Tourism Council (CATC) and the Regional Tourism Private Sector Association (FEDECATUR) are participating in the meetings.

The SICA Tourism Ministers are Luis Simo from the Dominican Republic, Alan Flores from Costa Rica, Napolian Duarte from El Salvador, Myra Salinas from Nicaragua, Roberto Robles from Guatemala, Nelly Jerez from Honduras, Sarah Sanchez from Panama and Manuel Heredia from Belize. Belize’s Minister of Tourism Hon. Manuel Heredia is the current Pro-Temp President of SICA.

The meeting is running from Thursday September 16th to Saturday September 18th at Banyan Bay Resort in San Pedro Town.

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#388094 - 09/18/10 05:16 PM Re: Tourism SICA Ministers meeting in SPR [Re: Marty]
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CENTRAL AMERICA TOURISM MINISTERS MEET IN BELIZE

Members of the Central American Integration System, SICA, met yesterday in the eightieth meeting of the Central American Tourism Council at San Pedro Ambergris Caye. Eight countries of the region including the Dominican Republic discussed the way forward in improving the tourism sector within the region. Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation and Pro-temp President of SICA, Manuel Heredia said that despite the economic recession over the last years, there was much tourism activity within the Central American region.

Manuel Heredia; Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation

“In 2010 approximately tourism grew by a little over four percent with an estimated eight thousand US dollars. We must say that 7.64 million tourists visited the region in 2010 with a nightly spending of US 97.6 and in a stay of about 8.8 days per trip. This gives us approximately about 50 to 60 percent hotel occupancy.”

Heredia adds that the figures paint a positive outlook for the future, of course given the necessary improvements which the CCT hopes to start with an interregional campaign in tourism within the region. But among the CCT’s concerns is climate change. Allan Flores who attended the meeting in representation of Costa Rica’s Minister of Tourism Carlos Benavides shared some of their work with tour operators and hotels over the last ten years.

Allan Flores; Minister of Tourism, Costa Rica

“That are related with the process of water treatment, the treatment of waste disposal and renewable energies that can be used in hotels. That includes sharing the experiences of the community but also of the employees of the hotels that are sharing the experience as well on sustainability. The Costa Rican Tourism Board’s strategies are always bringing more tourists to our country especially the matter that relates directly with sustainability.”

Above the list however security which the panel said has great effects on the entire region and already they are taking measures to make travel safer for tourists within the region.

Manuel Heredia; Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation

“We are taking that extremely serious and we are taking measures to designing a regional plan to be able to work together with the police academies, the tourism police, ministries of tourism which will be financed through funds from Spain and SICA. We will initiate also a system where you can do and denounce these crimes which will be discussed later on in other meetings.”

Nelly Jerez, Minister of Tourism in Honduras echoed the importance of the move.

Nelly Jerez; Minister of Tourism, Honduras

“We are now trying to plan to work harder at how to sell ourselves as a region. We think that each one of us in our country have a lot to give the world but we must work in a better way so that we can show all this effort to the whole world and show what Central America really means. The security which we must give to our tourists, not only individual but also the communities because it is necessary; no one will go to our country if we do not give the security that they need. We can have the best beaches; we can have the best hotels or the best restaurants or anything that has to do with tourism. If we do not provide good security tourists will not come here to our countries.”

Member countries are also looking forward to the Katan Fair in Antigua Guatemala which will be held from 18th to the 20th of October and will see the participation of 150 local travel agents, about fifty international travel agents and another fifteen regional agents.

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#388095 - 09/18/10 05:17 PM Re: Tourism SICA Ministers meeting in SPR [Re: Marty]
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SICA plans to strengthen the Tourism Industry in the region

Manuel Heredia jr.

Belize’s pro tem presidency of the Central American Integration System (SICA) is seeing great strides being taken to bolster its friendly relationship with neighboring countries. Among the many areas in which that association is being strengthened is the tourism industry. A delegation of representatives from eight Central American countries including Belize were present today in San Pedro to discuss ways in which the tourism product can be supported and marketed among member countries. Together they comprise a sub-agency known as Consejo Centroamericano de Turismo and chairing the meeting was Belize’s Minister of Tourism Manuel Heredia who shared regional figures on overnight and cruise tourism.

Manuel Heredia Jr., Minister of Tourism

“In 2010 approximately tourism grew by a little over four percent with approximately an estimated eight thousand, million U.S. dollars and also we must say that about seven point six, four million tourists visited the region in this same 2010 season with a nightly spending of U.S. ninety-seven point six dollars and a stay of about eight point eight days per trip. This gives approximately fifty to sixty percent hotel occupancy.”

Nelly Jerez, Minister of Tourism, Honduras

Nelly Jerez

“We are now trying to plan to work harder how we can sell ourselves as a region we think that each one of us in our country has a lot to give to the world but we must work in a better way so that we can show this effort to the whole world. Show what Central America really means. Not only what we have, the different destinations but also what our people mean, the ability of our people, the friendship of our people is nowhere found only in Central America.”

The delegation is in Belize on a three-day working visit in which they are also discussing several other regional issues including climate change and security. SICA’s aim is to realize the incorporation of Central American countries in order to become a region of peace, freedom, democracy and development.

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#388466 - 09/24/10 02:34 PM Re: Tourism SICA Ministers meeting in SPR [Re: Marty]
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SICA Tourism Ministers meet in Belize

Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr. Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation and Pro-tem President of SICA (Central American Integration System) was the host for the 18th meeting of the Central American Tourism Council which was held at San Pedro Ambergris Caye on Thursday, September 16 through September 18.

A delegation of representatives from the eight Central American countries including Belize were present on Friday, September 17, to discuss ways in which the tourism product can be supported and marketed among member countries.

Hon. Manuel Heredia commenced by stating that despite the economic recession over the last years, there was much tourism activity within the Central American region. “In 2010 tourism grew by a little over four percent with an estimated eight thousand US dollars,” commented Mr. Heredia. “We must say that 7.64 million tourists visited the region in 2010 with a nightly spending of US 97.6 and in a stay of about 8.8 days per trip. This gives us approximately about 50 to 60 percent hotel occupancy.”

Heredia stated that the figures give a positive outlook for the future, of course given the necessary improvements which the CCT (Consejo Centroamericano de Turismo) hopes to start with and inter-regional campaign in tourism within the region.

“We are now planning to work harder to be able to sell ourselves as a region,” commented Nelly Jerez, Minister of Tourism of Honduras. “We think that each one of us in our country has a lot to give to the world but we must work in a better way so that we can show this effort to the whole world. Show what Central America really means. Not only what we have, the different destinations but also what our people mean, the ability of our people, the friendship of our people is found nowhere else but in Central America.”

Another topic above the list was Security; the entire region is already taking measures on making travel safer for tourists. Minister Heredia stated that they were designing a regional plan to work together with the police academies, tourism police and ministries of tourism and the project will be financed through funds from Spain and SICA.

Nelly Jerez, of Honduras echoed the importance of having proper security for tourists and the communities on a whole. “No one will go to our country if we do not give the security that they need,” commented Mrs. Jerez. “We can have the best beaches; we can have the best hotels or the best restaurants or anything that has to do with tourism. If we do not provide good security tourists will not come here to our countries.”

The delegation was in Belize on a three-day working visit in which they also discussed several other regional issues including climate change. SICA’s aim is to realize the incorporation of Central American countries in order to become a region of peace, freedom, democracy and development.

Member countries are also looking forward to the Katan Fair in Antigua Guatemala which will be held from 18th to the 20th of October and will see the participation of 150 local travel agents, about fifty international travel agents and another fifteen regional agents.

The SICA delegations included Sarah Sanchez – representing Mr. Salomon Shamah – Minister of Tourism of Panama, Myra Salinas - representing Mr. Mario Salinas Pasos - Minister of Tourism of Nicaragua, Mr. Napolian Duarte Minster of Tourism of El Salvador, Alan Flores representing Carlos Ricardo Benavides – Minister of Tourism of Costa Rica, Mrs. Nelly Jerez – Minister of Tourism of Honduras, Mr. Roberto Robles of Guatemala, Mr. Luis Simo Vice Minister of Tourism of Dominican Republic and Hon. Manuel Heredia Minister of Tourism, Culture and Civil aviation of Belize.

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