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Ambergris is nominated in this years BTB Awards. They're highly prestigious awards that include Hotel of the Year, Restaurant of the year, Tour Operator of the Year and Tour Guide of the year, to mention a few.

If you think this site is deserving you can vote - they're in the Receptive Service of the Year Award (whatever that really means)

Good luck to Marty and family.

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thanks Phil!!! Pretty amazing. is very honored to even be considered. Very nice to be recognized by BTB.

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The Belize Tourism Board invites you to vote for the 10th Annual National Tourism Awards. If you were impressed by the quality of service you received in any of the following categories, we encourage you to do your part to ensure that excellence receives the recognition it deserves. Deadline for voting is midnight May 13th, 2010.

Judging Process:
All nominations have been received. The top four organization in each category have been placed for you to vote on below. Provide your feedback by voting your favorite in each category. Representatives of the BTB's Board and management team have selected a panel of judges comprised of representatives from the tourism industry (both private and public sector). The identities of the judges are kept confidential.

The two highest votes in each category will be presented to the judging panels and nominees will be assessed on how well they meet the award criteria. These semi-finalists will then be further reviewed, and may even be subject to site visits or interviews. The panel of judges will then confer and pick the winner for each category.

Minister's Award
The Minister independently chooses a tourism personnel or entity recognizing their distinguished services and contributions in the tourism industry.

Lifetime Achievement Award
The Tourism Awards Selection Committee chooses a person who has been active in the tourism industry and who has shown tremendous dedication and commitment in the development of tourism in Belize.

Destination of the Year *New*
This destination is proactive in terms of marketing, product enhancement and sustainability initiatives. In addition, customers rave about their satisfaction levels and high service standards found throughout. Events and attractions are bountiful while both the tangible and intangible product offering contribute to the lure, comfort and convenience of all who visit.

Environmental Organization of the Year
An organization that is a leader in the conservation and preservation of Belize's natural resources; practices sustainable management of Belize's natural resources, supports community development and promotes public awareness and education of environmental preservation.

Receptive Service of the Year
A tourism business entity that offers exceptional service to customers, the ability to manage a business seamlessly, is sensitive to the needs of staff, flexible in adapting to change and accommodating to the industry's needs and offers an authentic Belizean experience.

Hotel of the Year
A licensed hotel that offers a gateway to paradise, where service exceeds excellence, engulfed with positive attitude and attentiveness of staff, offers exceptional value for money, has outstanding facilities and amenities, remarkable ambiance, innovation and the ability to provide visitors with a true sample of the Belize brand.

Restaurant of the Year
A restaurant offering a dining experience and not just a meal or a routine. Here, the ambiance is bliss, the menu offers diversity and the service is great. The personality of the restaurant is as distinct as the staff is professional.

Small Hotel of the Year
A licensed small hotel that captures the essence of warmth and homeliness, displays customer - service excellence, utilizes environmental best practices and sound management.

Tour Operator of the Year
A licensed tour operator that offers a variety of tours which excels in service, product innovation, marketing, creativity, uniqueness, safety, reliability and value for money.

Tour Guide of the Year
A licensed tour guide with a wealth of knowledge, has the ability to mesmerize an audience, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, positive attitude, creativity and the ability to provide world-class tour experience.

Frontline Person of the Year
A frontline employee who has unmatched interpersonal skills, the ability to welcome guests with great Belizean hospitality, is well versed about the Belize product and provides a memorable experience.

Cultural Award of the Year
A person or organization that exemplifies Belizean entertainment, is instrumental in the creative arts, and/or music, food and promotes and preserves Belize's cultural heritage.

Small Vendor of the Year
A small vendor who offers creative and quality products and provides value for money with exceptional service.


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Thanks for posting Phil I just went and voted. Congrats Marty.

San Pedro based Belize Blog since 2007 - great travel resources & discounts

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Me Too!!!

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Got my vote, I use this site every day for information etc.
Best of luck Marty, You deserve it.

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Marty who?

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Recognition by the "tourism establishment" in Belize for has been many years in coming.

Marty has done more for Belize tourism than anyone else I know in Belize.

Congrats, Marty, and good luck in the voting!

--Lan Sluder

Joined: Oct 1999
Posts: 84,400
The 10th Annual National Tourism Awards Ceremony will be held June 10th at 7pm at the Belize Best Western Biltmore Plaza.

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Hope ya bring home the bacon.........I'd be happy to be your surrogate acceptee, if you are not going. Airfare & week at BB and I'm there! smile

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