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Caye Caulker Businesses Tally Up The Losses #539947
01/08/20 05:19 AM
01/08/20 05:19 AM
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While water and electricity on the small island of Caye Caulker seems to have been normalized, business owners are still in the process of tallying their revenue loss, which the Reporter was told exceeds over two million dollars in losses, and continues to multiply as more visitors cancel their vacation packages to the island.

Over the Christmas holidays should have been the launch of the tourism high season but all that crumbled when residents experienced five days of water and electricity shortages. The phenomenon forced visitors to cancel their reservations and vacate the small island causing a major uproar among business owners and residents.

To put a figure on how much revenue loss the island endured during the phenomenon the Caye Caulker Business Association (CCBA) launched a small survey targetting 22 out of the 650 businesses on the island. In that Questionnaire, business owners were asked to list their losses endured during the five days of power and water outages. The result of that survey revealed that each business lost approximately $4,000 each.

This week the CEO in the Ministry of Tourism Yashin Dujon told the Reporter that while there have been multiple reports of cancellations and walk out due to the power and water outages it is too soon to put a figure on the direct loss of businesses. However, the ministry is currently looking at cancellations, damaged electrical equipment, and losses in refrigerated goods.

Residents of the island described the outages as a “chronic episode” and one which was also foretold by the ministry. Dujon explained that even before last week’s prolonged outages the ministry had raised concern regarding the rising challenges in the country’s national grid and water supply due to climate change, and while the situation seems to have been mended the ministry is still very concerned that there may be further failures.

When the Reporter asked about measures in place to assist residents or business owners that got affected Dujon confirmed that there are none in place. Instead, he is asking residents and business owners to attend a Renewable Energy Workshop on January 13th and 14th, for them to explore other forms of energy, in particular, renewable energy.

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Re: Caye Caulker Businesses Tally Up The Losses [Re: Marty] #539988
01/10/20 05:20 AM
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BEL Goes Back To Caye Caulker With Good News

Things have returned to normal on the island of Caye Caulker. They are no longer experiencing outages in water and electricity. You'll remember that their tourism high season was disrupted in a major way when tourists started making mass exodus off the island. They traveled to the island for their vacations, which were ruined when both BEL and BWS couldn't keep Caye Caulker adequately supplied with water and electricity for the Christmas and New Year Holidays.

That loss in tourism earnings caused a major uproar from the business owners in the industry. You'll remember that last week, the Tourism Ministry executives, as well as the bosses of both utility companies, went personally to meet with residents and assure them, that the failures will be rectified.

Well, several of BEL's representatives went back to the island today to give a follow-up report on the performance of their infrastructure over the last 5 days. With the help of our colleagues from the Voice of Caye Caulker, here's what the lead company personality had to say to them this afternoon:



The video was courtesy the Voice of Caye Caulker's facebook page.

Channel 7

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