BTIA And O.W.T.C Join Hands To Develop Orange Walk Into A Tourist Destination

Tourism is one of the leading incomes for Belize: creating employment and the inflow of foreign currency. For the most part Orange Walk is not considered as a tourism destination but that's about to change. Yesterday the Town Council met with the Belize Tourism Industry Association to form a partnership aimed at developing tourism in Orange Walk. Mayor Kevin Bernard told us what their main purpose is.

Kevin Bernard, Mayor

"Our meeting that we had today with BTIA Orange Walk, basically is to reaffirm our commitment to work in partnership with the BTIA Orange Walk Chapter, as you know the tourism center was constructed in late December now they are seeking in getting someone to work with them to carry out and promote tourism in Orange Walk, so what we did was basically sit down and discuss and we have agreed that the council will be meeting on Wednesday and BTIA will also be sending us a proposal as to how we go about partner shipping with them in order for us to promote tourism in Orange Walk because as you know tourism is something that we also campaigned on and this council is very committed and will fulfill its commitment and as Ian Cal mentioned in his interview earlier that we have already launched part of our planning because the entire plan is for us to rebuild the entire Central Park and its surroundings and part of that had involve us working together with BTIA in order for us to attract more tourist and as well as for our meeting to solidify the support we have to would offer to the BTIA Chapter and likewise the support they would offer us as a council in order for us to move Orange Walk forward in one direction."

With Orange Walk embraced as a tourist destination, new employment opportunities will be created thus benefitting the entire community.

Kevin Bernard, Mayor

"If you bring tourism in Orange Walk more people can benefit, you have the restaurants will benefit, the food vendors, the hotels, the shops and so forth will also benefit and if you have an ambience like a Central Park that really attracts people you will have not only our own locals but foreigner will benefit from the development that we have, that is our plan, that is our goal and we are going to work hard at making sure that comes to success.  It's a tentative that we want to inaugurate the tourism center within the first week of April as what the president of the Orange Walk Chapter has informed us today as the meeting and so that goal has been set for the first week in April and we are going to also work hand in hand with them to ensure that it is done."

By working hand in hand with BTIA the town council hopes to take tourism in Orange Walk to new heights.