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Unlicensed Tour Guides Warned by BTB #553356
10/16/21 04:12 AM
10/16/21 04:12 AM
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People who are posing as tour guides and do not have certification from the Belize Tourism Board can also face penalties if they are caught operating or conducting tours. Today the Belize Tourism Board issued a warning to people who do not have their licence to operate as prescribed under the laws of Belize. According to the BTB’s Director of Quality Management, Capacity Development and Registrar of Hotel, Abil Castaneda, the BTB has just formed an enforcement unit because the number of persons operating without licences has also grown. Casteneda says they pose threat to the high standards that Belize has established as well as the livelihood of licensed tour guides who have spent their time and money getting certified.

Abil Castaneda, Dir., Quality Management, Capacity Development, BTB

“One of the specific areas of concern that has been relayed to us from at the B.T.B., is from our tour guide and tour operators noting that there are many instances that there are suspected persons leading tours that are not properly licensed as per B.T.B recommendation. This is a concern for them, for many reasons, and for us as you can imagine, but for them it that we have approximately eighteen hundred licensed tour guide in the country as we speak. We have over three hundred tour operators and in both cases they have had to undertake extensive investments to be able to get to the point of being a train tour guide, a licensed tour guide and a licensed tour operator. And so when they see persons that are in many ways removing persons that they would be able to sell a tour to, it obviously concerns them. So from our end, the tour guide and the tour operator process, there is a lot that goes into it. There is a whole issue of liability that has to be taken into consideration, now a day with COVID safety and health issues are of a main concern. So, we want that our guests that come in to the country and even our Belizeans visitors to be at least reassured that the experience that they are receiving is not only high-class and memorable, but also that its legal.”

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Re: Unlicensed Tour Guides Warned by BTB [Re: Marty] #553414
10/19/21 04:58 AM
10/19/21 04:58 AM
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Marty Offline OP

Marty  Offline OP

Unlicensed Tour Guides

The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) takes this opportunity to remind the general public that it is the sole authority that licenses Tour Guides under the BELIZE TOURISM BOARD (TOUR GUIDE) REGULATIONS CHAPTER 275 of the Laws of Belize. As per Section 6 of these regulations, the BTB reminds the general public of the following:

  • No person shall operate/advertise or hold himself out as a tour guide without first obtaining a license in accordance with these Regulations.
  • Any person who contravenes the regulation above/ or any person/ company/entity or other group of persons who employs a person who is not licensed as a tour guide in accordance with these Regulations commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction:

(a) in the case of a natural person/company/entity or other group of persons to a fine not exceeding five hundred dollars or imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year or to both such fine and term of imprisonment.

We remind those that are operating without a valid Tour Guide License that they are in violation of the Law and will be dealt with in accordance with the Laws of Belize. We also ask the general public that know or find persons engaging in tour guiding activities without a valid Tour Guide License, to contact the Licensing Unit at 227-2420 or at [email protected], at their earliest convenience.

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