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BTIA Newsletter: A Message from our President #548058
02/09/21 11:26 AM
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Extract from Newsletter:

Since our organization’s Annual General Meeting in December, your President and Executive Committee have been extremely busy. Meeting weekly and communicating almost daily, this effort has focused on two critical areas:

Returning BTIA to financial health through cost-cutting and raising of revenue, and
Advocating strongly for measures that will help our tourism industry—and by extension, our nation’s economy—recover from the ravages inflicted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Take a look at our most recent Newsletter, that continues this message from our president that highlights what we have done so far to revive BTIA, what we have accomplished for the industry as well as future developments.

Re: BTIA Newsletter: A Message from our President [Re: Marty] #548782
03/12/21 11:45 AM
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A Message from our President- BTIA Newsletter #2

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For the first time in a year, there is more good tourism news to report than bad. Why the optimism?

Vaccinations have started in Belize. With the arrival of an initial shipment of 26,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, our Ministry of Health and Wellness has begun to vaccinate essential personnel and people over 60. In phase two, 8,000 frontline tourism personnel will receive the vaccine.
Vaccinations in the United States –our prime tourism market—are advancing at a rapid pace. This means more Americans are willing to travel. The result has been a corresponding increase in inquiries as well as future bookings for Belizean properties. Most tourism destinations countrywide are reporting an increase in visitor traffic.

Protocols for entry into Belize have been relaxed, making it easier for visitors to enter the country without compromising national health. The most recent decision to admit fully vaccinated tourists without testing is most welcome. Even the inconvenient U.S. requirement that all people entering that country—including U.S. citizens—must be tested before boarding their flight was met by a quick response from our public and private health sectors, offering timely testing at countrywide destinations.

Airlift, following deep capacity and route cuts by our traditional suppliers, is rebounding nicely. Our authorities are in advanced discussions with existing carriers as well as several new ones. Southwest is expected to resume service later in the year, and COPA will be back in June, opening the Central and South American markets and Europe via its Panama hub. United is poised to increase its Denver service frequency as demand from that city continues to grow impressively. Finally, the Mexico City-Belize route, reluctantly abandoned by Aero Mexico before the pandemic, is being actively considered by several other Mexican carriers.

Local tourism exceeded expectations and provided many hotels and restaurants with a revenue stream that, while not huge, in some cases meant the difference between hanging on or going out of business. The recent March 8th long weekend saw thousands of Belizeans on the move all over the country, spending money and getting to know their country. In Cayo, with the still-under-construction new road improving access to the Mountain Pine Ridge, local tourists thronged to the Rio On Pools, Big Rock Falls, and other attractions, including privately-owned resorts, restaurants, and specialized activities. No doubt, the long Easter weekend will see even more local tourism.

Re: BTIA Newsletter: A Message from our President [Re: Marty] #550020
05/06/21 11:48 AM
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A Message from our President- BTIA Newsletter #3

Dear BTIA Members:

In communicating with our membership on a roughly monthly basis, I usually begin with a general introduction, update the latest happenings in the industry, and finish with what I judge to be an important core message. Today, however, I would like to cut to the chase with the core message upfront.


If you want to see the tourism industry—and, by extension, Belize’s entire economy— recover as fast as possible, the most critical thing we can do is assure that every Belizean receives their two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.

WHY is this so important?

Let us look at the big picture based on what we see at home and abroad concerning the pandemic.

There are things that we can control and things we cannot.
For example, we cannot control the pace of vaccinations in our largest market, the USA. We cannot prevent the rise and fall of Covid-19 infections in America or anywhere else in the world. We cannot control the USA requirement that all people entering the country have a negative test result.

What we CAN control is what happens here in Belize. Based on what we see in India, Brazil, Costa Rica and Europe, nations that think they have the pandemic under control often find out that within weeks the pandemic is raging with their health systems on the verge of collapse. If you believe that such a catastrophe cannot happen here, you live in a dangerous bubble.

So, what do we do to prevent Belize from becoming the next India?

First, we must be smart, flexible, and stay on top of the evolving situation.

Not only do we not impose tighter restrictions for entry into Belize, but we can continue to gradually and safely EXPAND the ease of entry as has been done over the last four months. Why? Visitors to Belize are either fully vaccinated or tested negative at entry. They will not be the cause of an explosion of the virus in Belize.

As experience has painfully taught us, WE are our own biggest enemy.

Every time we evade protocols by not social distancing, washing hands, or wearing a mask, we increase the likelihood of mass infection. Yes, you have heard this mantra too many times and like most Belizeans are just tired of curfews, masks and hand sanitizer. Realistically, fighting the tendency toward Covid-19 fatigue with education campaigns and/or cracking down on violators will only take us so far. What will take us much further is to get as many people vaccinated in as short a time as possible. That effort is well within our power.

The Minister of Health has told us that there will be enough doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to do the job. We trust he is right. We applaud the Tourism Minister for pushing to prioritize the 8,000 vaccine doses for our frontline tourism workers. As I write this letter, all indications are that more and more Americans are ready, willing, and able to travel internationally in the coming months. They will be flocking to Belize in greater numbers, provided that Covid-19 cases and deaths in Belize continue to stay low.

The best way to ensure that outcome is to get vaccinated! NOW!

Yours in Sustainable Tourism,

Stewart Krohn

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