Caracol Archaeological Site Remains Closed
Earlier on, we told you about the increase in tourist arrivals. But, what about the coming high season and the after effect of the Caracol killing of Special Constable Danny Conorquie? Tour guides have told us that there have been mass cancelations of tours.
Today, when we asked the BTB Marketing Director about it, she told us that they're taking tracking it closely:
Alyssa Carnegie, Marketing Director - BTB
"There is a lot of bookings that have already happened, so obviously we are trying to make sure that those tourists or visitors are reassured. I think we can all agree that what did happen at Caracol was unprecedented, it's not the normal and the news circulating is while it's still local, yes there is some traction that it's building internationally. But for the most part and at least from the feedback we received from the tourists who were actually there, they understand that it's an isolated event, that is does speak to something that's a lot larger than what could be kind of controlled within the tourism ambit. But I think a lot of the tourists who were there went on to have their vacations, enjoyed their vacations, spoke and gave really good reviews especially of the tour guides that were there. I think our major concern is just making sure that we can support the efforts that some of the other agencies and organizations on the ground are doing to strengthen security and to strengthen the patrols in that area, so we can make sure that Caracol is open again."
There is still no date announced for the re-opening of Caracol.
The Caracol Archaeological Site remains closed indefinitely in the wake of the murder of Special Constable Danny Conorquie two weeks ago.† While efforts are currently being taken by the Ministry of National Security to address the issue of incursions, the unfortunate incident which claimed the life of the young officer unfolded before a group of tourists who were visiting the location.† Undoubtedly, the brazen daylight execution has struck fear in the hearts of many, including would-be visitors who have booked excursions to the inland attraction.† In the immediate aftermath of the tragedy the Ministry of Tourism remained relatively silent on the issue.† Today, Director of Marketing and Industry Relations at the Belize Tourism Board, Alyssa Carnegie, told the media that the organization is working closely with relevant government agencies to ensure the safety of tourists who have reserved trips to the site.
Alyssa Carnegie, Director of Marketing & Industry Relations, BTB
ďI think, you know, there are a lot of bookings that have already happened, you know, so obviously weíre trying to make sure that those tourists or those visitors are reassured.† I think we can all agree that what has happened or what did happen at Caracol was unprecedented, it was not normal and the news circulating is that while itís still local yes there is some traction and itís building internationally.† But for the most part, and at least from the feedback weíve received from the tourists who are actually there, you know, they understand that itís an isolated event, that it does speak to something that is a lot larger than what could be controlled within the tourism ambit.† But I think a lot of the tourists who were there went on to have their vacations, enjoy their vacations.† [The] spoke [and] gave really good reviews especially of the tour guides that were there, I think our major concern is just making sure that we can support the efforts that some of the other agencies are doing on the ground to strengthen security and to strengthen the patrols in that area so we can make sure that Caracol is open again they are seeing increased visitors.† Because that is also part of the, you know, itís part of Belizeís efforts as well to get people out there to hopefully, you know, I donít want to say keep people, keep some of the incursions from happening because we canít necessarily do that but at least ensure that there is activity there that thereís increase patrols and doing that in so far as we can.Ē