|L.I.F.E. students explain their
An "Open Day" held at Central Park last Saturday
kicked off this year's Tourism Awareness Week designated for November
8th - 15th. Belize Tourism Trainer, Ms. Victoria
Showler of San Pedro did an admirable job organizing this first-time event which
included school exhibitions, presentations, as well as delicious food and
refreshing drinks. On hand to provide information were members of Saga Humane
Society, the San Pedro AIDS Commission, Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Green Reef and
the San Pedro Tourist Guide Association.
Lydia's Institute of Fine Education, San Pedro Roman Catholic School, St.
Peter's Elementary and Maestro Reyes School of Knowledge showcased their
interpretation of tourism through detailed exhibits. The students displayed
creative works and each group eloquently explained their projects on a live
radio broadcast. Some of
the wonderful works-of-art included an impressive portrayal of the Chiquibul
Forest and its surrounding attractions, and another featured an idealistic
Representative Patty Arceo officially declared tourism week open and applauded
the efforts of the students participating in this event stating "they are the
future of tomorrow." Vicky Showler then expressed her gratitude to all
participants on behalf of the Belize Tourism Board, and encouraged those present
to continue striving for maximum customer service and protection of our natural
resources so that Belize can continue to attract more visitors to "Mother
Nature's Best Kept Secret."
Apart from the
information booths and exhibits, the gathering also enjoyed a "surprise
attraction" courtesy of Jaguar Temple Club. The presentation included Matthew
Jones from Caye Caulker and Carlos Rodriguez from Jaguar's Temple Club who
executed an exciting "flair" (tossing of bottles in the air) performance on
To wrap up the festivities, the winners of the
poster and exhibit competitions were announced: First place for Best Poster -
L.I.F.E. The prize was a $25USD gift certificate from Ramon's Gift Shop. Two
first place prizes were given for the Best Exhibit also awarded to the students
of L.I.F.E. The prizes were round trip tickets to Belize City, one courtesy of
Maya Island Air and the other courtesy of Tropic Air. St. Peter's Elementary
School teacher Antonio Sansores won the Teacher's Raffle. His prize was a trip
to Lamanai archaeological ruins, courtesy of Seaduced by Belize. Mito Paz was
the winner of a gift box raffled by Saga Humane Society.
Ms. Showler told The San Pedro Sun, "The
children, their exhibits and posters were exceptional and I think that they
learned a lot from what they did and from the others, which was the goal of this
Although not everything went as scheduled, the
event was a success and plans are already being made for next year, which
promises to be bigger and better.
This Friday, September
15th will mark the end of the
nationwide activities with the Annual Tourism Awards ceremony being held at the
Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel.