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#508228 - 10/13/15 11:09 AM Belize Wins 2 Big Travel Oscars at World Travel Awards
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Ambergris Caye and Placencia win big at the 2015 World Travel Awards that took place in Bogota, Colombia over the weekend with Ambergris Caye taking the award for Leading Destination 2015 Mexico & Central America category and Placencia winning the Leading Beach Destination 2015 Mexico & Central America category.

The Heads of Tourism from all around Central America were present for the ceremony. The BTB is extremely proud and excited to announce that for the first time in the 22 years history of the World Travel Awards, Belize has won the two biggest Travel Oscars for the Continent.

Mr. Einer Gomez, Vice Chairman of the BTB's Board of Directors, accompanied by his wife attended to accept the awards. When accepting the award for Leading Beach Destination, Mr. Gomez stated, "In Belize, Placencia is locally known as "barefoot perfect." But we have more to credit than the golden sands and swaying palms for earning this award. We owe this honor to the countless stakeholders who work tirelessly to make Placencia a friendly, safe and entertaining place to visit."

Mr. Gomez accepted the award for Leading Destination and stated, "And most importantly, thank you to the people of Belize, and all the stakeholders, who commit themselves day-in-and-day-out to providing quality customer service, and for welcoming travelers into our country with open arms. Your hard work and dedication to sharing Belize with the world has clearly not gone unnoticed."

Ka’ana Resort in the Cayo District also took the award for 2015 Mexico & Central America’s Leading Boutique Resort.

Nominees were selected during a six months period by the World Travel Awards advisory committee, which consists of more than 2,700 media titles and influential tourism figureheads. The short-list was then published and the global industry, as well as travel consumers, was asked to vote for whom they deemed were the best in each category.


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#508248 - 10/14/15 10:47 AM Re: Belize Wins 2 Big Travel Oscars at World Travel Awards [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

Move Over Cancun!: Belize Claims Tourism Awards

Belize has won its first award ever World Travel Awards ever. Belize won two major titles: Placencia got the Mexico and Central America's Leading Beach Destination title while Ambergris Caye got the Mexico and Central America's Leading Destination. It is the first time in 22 years that Belize has won two Travel awards for the continent. Acting Director of Marketing and Industry Relations for the BTB Karen Pike told us about the significance of it.

The Award ceremony took place in Bogota Columbia. Cancun has held these two major awards for years.


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Belize Wins Big at 2015 World Travel Awards

Belize has picked up a pair of prestigious honors as an ideal tourist destination at the 2015 World Awards.  The Jewel won both Mexico and Central America’s Leading Beach Destination 2015, as well as Mexico and Central America’s Leading Destination 2015 for Placencia and Ambergris Caye, respectively.  Vice Chairman of B.T.B.’s Board of Directors, Einer Gomez, attended the awards ceremony in Bogota, Colombia and received the honors on behalf of the country.  The B.T.B. held a press conference this afternoon where Director of Marketing and Industry Relations Karen Pike explained how Belize was nominated in four categories.

Karen Pike, Director, Marketing & Industry Relations, B.T.B.

“The 2015 World Travel Awards Latin America ceremony took place in Bogota, Colombia on Saturday, October tenth, 2015. Nominees were selected during a six-month period by the World Travel Advisory Committee. This consists of twenty-seven hundred media titles and influential tourism figure heads. The shortlist was then published and the global industry as well as travel consumers were asked to vote who they deemed were the best in each category. So after five hundred and eighty thousands votes were casted, Belize came out as winners. The significance is that winners, being Belize, would be able to show increase growth and profitability after the win. So what we are seeing is that we can demonstrate that he vote for the best categories bringing in Belize as winners will then contribute to higher tourism arrivals in years to come. The nominees were selected by the World Travel Advisory Committee so they actually shortlisted Belize as one of the finalists. This is a first time in the twenty-two-year history that the most highly coveted travel Oscar for Mexico and Central America’s Leading Destination for 2015 was awarded to Belize, Ambergris Caye. Over six hundred and ten thousand travel industry voters took part so this is a wonderful achievement and will no doubt results in an increase business and growing tourism industry here in Belize. What we have seen is moderate growth in tourism for overnight arrivals, but I would like to mention that also noteworthy was that Ka’ana Resort was named Mexico and Central America’s Leading Boutique Resort and nominees also for Belize included Blancaneaux Lodge. There were also four categories for Belize and those winners were Victoria House, which was named Belize’s Leading Hotel for 2015; El Secreto was named Belize’s Leading Resort 2015; Cayo Espanto was named Belize’s Leading Spa Resort and Hopkins Bay Resort was named Belize’s Leading Villa Resort.”

Channel 5


Einer Gomez, Vice Chairman of the Board, Ambergris Caye, Belize



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