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Learn More About Belize's Safe Corridors, 5 Phase Reopening Plan #544945
09/16/20 05:38 AM
09/16/20 05:38 AM
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Travelers will be visiting Belize via our Safe Corridors, which include safety steps from the point of arrival to the day of departure. Check out the infographic below to learn more!

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Kindly take note of Belize's Travel Reopening Plan, which includes the five phases. Phase 3, the opening of the airport, has been announced for October 1st. The health app is still in process.

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Last edited by Marty; 17 hours ago. Reason: Update Traveller Classification & Entry Requirements matrix
Re: Learn More About Belize's Safe Corridors, 5 Phase Reopening Plan [Re: Marty] #545011
09/19/20 04:50 AM
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B.H.A. and its Membership Ready for the P.G.I.A. Reopening

In less than two weeks, on October first, the Philip Goldson International Airport is set to reopen to international visitors. There are concerns about the readiness of resorts and hotels to accommodate tourists, while keeping their staff and guests safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. But Belize Hotel Association President Ted Tejada says that following a poll, the association and its membership stand ready for the reopening of the airport.

Ted Tejada, President, Belize Hotel Association

“There is no final vaccine, it is still being tried, but there is no final vaccine. We see that we are going to be standing here September next year and this virus is still going to be around. So we need to learn to live with it. And I think after seven months of not having a guest in your hotel, we’ve seen that it’s been over sixty-two thousand people asking the government for some kind of relief, especially the tourism sector and that number continues to grow every single day. The companies can no longer sustain helping their employees without getting the influx of tourism so most of them have decided that it is time to open. Why? Because they have these beautiful hotels that are now starting to rot because the longer you keep your rooms closed, the moisture, the bugs that get in damage your furniture. So they’ve realised that we are going to be here next year looking at the same situation and we as individuals have to develop protocols to protect the employees, the guests, but we must open. And so we stand with the prime minister that the airport must open October first.”

Tourists Won’t be Able to Enter Belize without Reservation at a Gold Standard Hotel

Tejada says that tourists won’t be able to enter the country without proof of reservation at a gold standard hotel.

Ted Tejada, President, Belize Hotel Association

“As a matter of fact, seventy-two hours prior to arriving in the country of Belize, you must download the app and the app will only have the active certified hotels on them so there is no way that a guest will be able to get into the country of Belize without demonstrating that they are going to be staying at a gold standard hotel.”

Will Hotels Have to be Gold Standard Certified to Operate?

Will hotels mandatorily have to acquire gold standard certification or they won’t be able to open? That’s the information surfacing tonight. Reports are that a legal document has been drafted to tie the hands of hoteliers and resort owners to become certified. Earlier this year, the Belize Tourism Board through consultation with the Ministry of Health and private sector tourism agencies developed a gold standard certification. Hotels and resorts have been making considerable investments to satisfy a nine-point list of best practices to ensure that they are operating under special COVID-19 procedures for the safety of guests and staff. To date, only fifty-nine properties have achieved gold standard accreditation and over a hundred applications are before the B.T.B. being processed. BHA President, Ted Tejada says that hotels, regardless if they are catering only to domestic tourism, will have to acquire gold standard certification to operate.

Ted Tejada, President, Belize Hotel Association

“To be honest, I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but I know, it is going to become law, in order for you to sell a room to anybody, doesn’t matter if it is going to be a Belizean or international [tourist], we gotta listen to ourselves and say there is over fifteen hundred Belizeans with this disease already so anybody coming in and visiting your hotel could be infected with the virus. So this is not an option if you want to sell a room, become a gold standard; you must become a gold standard. And as I understand, there is going to be a hefty penalty for any individual selling a room without a gold standard certification. So I believe that within the next month, the tourism board is going to be flooded with applications because arriving in the country of Belize, the only way you will be able to past immigration is that you must be able to show the immigration officer that you have a reservation with a gold standard hotel.”

What Happens to Smaller Properties?

But what about the smaller properties, including bed and breakfasts that cannot afford the investment? Tejada says that the association is there to assist and has been advising its members on how to make the necessary changes economically.

Ted Tejada, President, Belize Hotel Association

“When we look at the situation, what is happening and why this virus has propagated throughout the country of Belize, because we keep looking at hotels; that hotels have to do the investment. We have to look at the bus stations have to do the investment; we have to look at the little shops, the mom and pop’s, the tacos stations. Every business must invest in the protocols, in the sanitization and you don’t have to buy the Mercedes Benz. There are chemicals and there are dispensers that you can implement in your place that is not the high end versus of what every hotel has. Our hotel association is helping them one step at a time. How do you eat the elephant? Piece by piece; you take it one step at a time. There are nine steps that you need to accomplish to get your certification and that is where we the hotel association comes in to help them.”

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