On March 24, 2015 the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) Corozal Chapter held its first meeting at the Corozal ITVET. The revitalization of this Chapter is part of the progressive work that the BTIA National has undertaken with the supportive leadership of Mr. Osmany Salas, President of BTIA and Mr. John M. Burgos, Executive Director of BTIA. The main objective of this meeting was to update current and new members on the overview of the BTIA National Plans for all existing Destination Chapters.

The efforts of the BTIA as Belize's Largest Tourism organization has not only been focused in promoting the vibrant tourism product, but also, in strengthening and assisting each destination by creating pathways for development which will enhance the sustainable growth of the Tourism industry. BTIA President, Mr. Osmany Salas emphasized on the importance of building a stronger association which is one of the main goals for this year. He shared, "Tourism is the nation's largest single industry, yet our influence over that industry's future is far less than it should be. Our task then is for each and every one of us to commit to do our part to revitalize our BTIA." Mr. Salas further comprised, "Our Board will do its part to make that happen, but we will need the support and involvement of all our Chapters and members."

Elections for the new Corozal Chapter were also held at this meeting. The new BTIA Corozal Chapter board comprises of seven members- Chairman, Guadalupe V. Rosado of Proud Mestizo, Belize Ltd., 1st Vice Chair- Jennifer Bellerjeau of Cerros Beach Inn, 2nd Vice Chair- Ismael Sorto, Secretary- Dimas Sansorez, Assistant Secretary- Rosita May of Hotel Maya, Treasurer- Dahlia Castillo of Tony's Inn and Beach Resort, Assistant Treasurer- Maria Alcoser and Director- Mark Leonard of Cerros Sands. This new Board will work collaboratively with the national board to ensure that a strategic plan is created and executed to promote the development of Corozal as a well-rounded tourist destination with emphasis on Sustainable Cultural Tourism.

We want to welcome all new members and we express our sincere gratitude for attending this important meeting that has launched a great new foundation for the bright future that the Corozal District offers as an emerging tourist destination. BTIA remains positive that with new partnerships and collaborative efforts locally and regionally, the Corozal Destination Chapter will exceed all expectations within the Tourism industry in Belize.