PLACENCIA TOUR OPERATORS SAY NO TO CRUISE TOURISM IN THEIR AREA
The Tour Operators Association in Placencia is objecting to cruise ship tourism in that area. In a release issued by the association on Monday, there are several points put forth for this objection. Among the issues raised were the lack of necessary infrastructure in southern Belize for mass cruise ship tourism such as sewage treatment, public restrooms, garbage collection and disposal and roads. Other issues noted included the detrimental effect of cruise ship tourism on Placencia overnight tourist arrivals, the adverse effects on the fragile marine and inland environments, and Belize’s inability to enforce laws regulating cruise tourism. The Association ended its release stating that they are calling on the Government of Belize for assistance in strengthening locally owned Belizean businesses and increasing the area’s traditional local overnight tourism.