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Ambergris Caye Tourism Statistics-2007 #308373
11/01/08 12:18 PM
11/01/08 12:18 PM
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Marty Offline OP

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Here's the latest, updated version of Michael Fox's annual publication of tourism statistics, taken from the BTB's publication. Although some Countrywide Belize data is included, its focus is on Ambergris Caye.

This year, a new page 12 estimating the amount of room revenue being underreported is included.

Michael Fox is the American CPA in San Pedro, here 12 years.

Re: Ambergris Caye Tourism Statistics-2007 [Re: Marty] #308419
11/01/08 04:46 PM
11/01/08 04:46 PM
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Lan Sluder/Belize First Offline
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Excellent report!

I did, however, find it curious that Mr. Fox apparently didn't look at the potential bias that may come in to the BTB figures, in that as I understand it the BTB includes occupancy and revenue figures from only some Belize hotels, excluding some small guesthouses and lower priced properties, and not including all BTB member properties. If this is the case, it could be a counterweight to the possible underreporting of revenue.

--Lan Sluder

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Re: Ambergris Caye Tourism Statistics-2007 [Re: Lan Sluder/Belize First] #308426
11/01/08 05:28 PM
11/01/08 05:28 PM
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Amanda Syme Offline

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That doesn't make sense. I have always been led to believe that the information is directly from the BTB records from the monthly statements from each hotel. This report includes the register of the guest's name, where they are from, how long they stayed, how much they paid per night and how much (9%) hotel tax was collected and remitted.

I always figures the stats would run lower than reality because I would imagine that some hotels, mainly the smaller ones, probably don't report all of their income.

The Belize Tourist Board doesn't have "members" per se. It is a government body that governs tourism. Every hotel is supposed to apply for and maintain a hotel license and every hotel is required to send in a monthly report.

I think you must be thinking about the BHA and BTIA which are private member groups.

Re: Ambergris Caye Tourism Statistics-2007 [Re: Amanda Syme] #308507
11/02/08 10:23 AM
11/02/08 10:23 AM
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Great report. Just a few of questions: What will be done with the information? Will it be ignored and construction continue? Or will it be heeded and construction continue anyway with a definitive plan to increase tourism to the area? or will it be heeded and construction be curbed until.....?

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