As the situation becomes more volatile and the unions threaten with strike action, international tourists have become wary of their travel plans to the Jewel. And it is already being reflected at some resorts and hotels across the country. The Easter weekend saw record number of tourists arriving in Belize, surpassing the figures of 2019. But today, the President of the Belize Hotel Association, Ted Tejada, reported to News Five that there have been an increasing number of cancelations already due to the trade dispute between G.O.B. and the unions.
Ted Tejada, President, Belize Hotel Association"We have already started to receive cancelations. Hotels are reporting that rooms that have been booked for future months, people are already starting to cancel. Not because of COVID-19, not because of the vaccination but because what they are hearing about the country of Belize. Every single tourist that is going to travel, they are doing their proper research. They are researching, does a country like Belize require vaccines, do they require an app to download? Every country has a new regulation so they are researching before they travel. And now they are finding out that the unions are announcing a twenty-one days where they have said that there will be some type of action. No tourist wants to come to a country that is locked down."Channel 5
Security Alert - U.S. Embassy Belmopan, Belize (15-Apr-2021)
Belize Security Advisory: Upcoming BNTU (Belize National Teachers Union) PSU (Public Service Union), NTUCB (National Trade Union Congress of Belize), Belize Nurses Association Demonstrations.
The U.S. Embassy would like to inform American citizens in Belize of possible demonstrations beginning tomorrow through next week.
Please avoid areas where demonstrations or protests might be taking place and exercise caution within the vicinity of any gatherings, protests, or demonstrations. Please use alternate routes to avoid the demonstration when possible. Do not attempt to drive through any large groups and barricades encountered on the street.
We urge you to monitor local media reports for additional information. Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates. Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security and follow instructions of local authorities.
The following is a list of possible locations and activities. The list below is not inclusive, and other unscheduled demonstrations may occur.
Friday, April 16th, 2021
10 a.m. to noon Picketing of Businesses that owe taxes
St. Edmund Campion in Valley of Peace Village, Raymond Sheppard in Roaring Creek Village, Baptist Highschool in Belmopan (adjacent to El Rancho on the George Price Highway) and other schools in the area will likely join the demonstrations.
Monday April 19th, 2021
7:45 - 8:00 a.m. & 11:45 a.m. - 13:30 p.m. hours Blocking of all entrances into Belmopan.
Tuesday April 20th, 2021
Possible boycotts of fuel stations around Belize.
Wednesday April 21st, 2021
Possible boycott of Belize Tele Media Limited (BTL) for the day.
Thursday April 22nd, 2021
Demonstrations against corruption blocking main highways around Belmopan.
Monday April 26th, 2021
11a.m. Teachers Walkout of Schools.