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Tourism Industry #8515
10/07/00 10:31 AM
10/07/00 10:31 AM
Joined: Oct 2000
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bcsl Offline OP
bcsl  Offline OP
One of the worst things (other than the damage and loss of life caused by Keith) is the fact that the world may preceive that Belize has been wipped off the map and that travel plans to Belize should be changed to other destinations. While this is expected right now, if not handled properly, this could extend for several years to come - if we don't get the word out.

While, in the short term, we all should be concerned about relieving the pain and suffering of those most needy, it is important that we do not forget the importance of tourism in Belize as well as the foreign exchange that it produces and is needed to rebuild the tourism industry on the Cayes. Yes, there will be some foreign assistance and insurance for some but we can count on that dwindling as time goes on.

No doubt BTIA and BTB will be addressing the problem but it is up to each one of us to get the word out that the sand is still there and that those "players" offering tourism services will no doubt do everything possible to be back into operation very quickly.

Bob Jones of Eva's in San Ignacio used his e-mail contacts over the past several years to send a message to all (over 1,200) that Belize is not "out of business" and tourism is still alive and well in Belize. His response from his short message was overwhelming from travel agents, wholesalers and individuals, thanking him for the report. Some messages indicated that they thought Belize should be taken off their destination list because of the destruction and were glad to know it wasn't as they perceived.

I certainly do not want to minimize the imporance of the current situation and the attention that must be paid to it On the other hand, in a few months, even with rebuilding, we want to make sure we have people who have no doubts in making Belize their destination. So many jobs in the Cayes depend upon it. If the people on the West side of the islands don't have jobs, they certainly cannot rebuild their lives and their homes.

With best intentions,


Re: Tourism Industry #8516
10/07/00 10:38 AM
10/07/00 10:38 AM
Joined: Oct 1999
Posts: 82,943
oregon, spr
Marty Offline

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<img width=300 height=199 hspace=8 vspace=8 align=right src="//"><font size="4" color= "red" face="arial, helvetica">AMEN BROTHER</font>
Tourism is the economic engine of Belize. Without it we all fail.

Get the word out.

Belize was synonomous (SP?) with disaster for awhile after Mitch. That is the worst scenario. So far, that has not happened this time. Let's keep it that way.

Yes, those are my toes. on the beach at Caribbean Villas. Yes, I am working in that picture.

[This message has been edited by Marty (edited 10-07-2000).]

Re: Tourism Industry #8517
10/07/00 10:46 AM
10/07/00 10:46 AM
Joined: Oct 2000
Posts: 147
Ottawa, Canada
karin Offline
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I believe I am not the only travel agent on this board, and I agree completely ! We need to inform people of what is happening now, but I will keep encouraging my passengers to go to Belize ! It is a beautiful place and now, we have even more reasons to send people down there : we have the proof that Belizeans are wonderful, and helpful, and very courageous !

Re: Tourism Industry #8518
10/07/00 11:42 AM
10/07/00 11:42 AM
Joined: Aug 2000
Posts: 434
Pensacola, FL. USA
Belize Mama Offline
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Hard work, Marty. But somebody has to do it, right? You'll be ready for a few days of "work" after all the time you have spent on this board since 10/01/00.

[This message has been edited by Belize Mama (edited 10-07-2000).]

Re: Tourism Industry #8519
10/07/00 12:17 PM
10/07/00 12:17 PM
Joined: Oct 2000
Posts: 0
Long Island N.Y.
GRIMES Offline
GRIMES  Offline
Maybe you should start A after Mitch we are open board,,, when the time is right...
because you do not want people changing plans and taking that money somewhere else!!!

E Grimes
Long Island New York

Re: Tourism Industry #8520
10/07/00 02:31 PM
10/07/00 02:31 PM
Joined: May 2000
Posts: 3,281
Barbara K Offline
Barbara K  Offline
I too am a Belize wholesaler and am trying to get the word out that Belize is still in business. I am recommending the southern shore, cayes and mainland in the interim until the northern cayes are up and running.

Re: Tourism Industry #8521
10/07/00 02:35 PM
10/07/00 02:35 PM
Joined: Oct 2000
Posts: 259
Alberta, Canada
Kathy in Canada Offline
Kathy in Canada  Offline
well Marty..that pics confirms it. For awhile there I was wondering if you were human..considering what you've been doing for the past week.

I see that you have 10 you are human...(i think) ;-)

Re: Tourism Industry #8522
10/08/00 12:52 AM
10/08/00 12:52 AM


Two days before Keith hit Belize my wife gave me (us) tickets to Belize for our 20th anniversary. We've never been before and are anxious to meet the people, see the sights and do some real diving. (We live in Anchorage, Alaska.) My heart goes out to the people who have lost loved ones, homes, and businesses in the hurricane.

See you in November!

P.S: We still don't have a place to stay and would love to hear any suggestions.

Gary & Di

Re: Tourism Industry #8523
10/08/00 02:02 AM
10/08/00 02:02 AM
Joined: Oct 2000
Posts: 22
salt lake city, utah, usa
carrie Offline
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First of all let me start by saying the people who plan to vacation in Belize will come no matter what. The ones who decide not to come because of the hurricane probably wouldn't be good company, anyway. I think that Belize has a natural beauty of its own, no matter what kind of natural disaster decides to visit. I have been planning to move to Ambergris for a while and that has not changed. The main reason I want to move there, besides the fact that my boy lives there, is the hospitality I received when I vacationed there in February. Belize has a spirit that is addicting. I don't think that anyone has anything to worry about. Everyone will, and is at the present moment, unite and get things done. I look forward to arriving in November. God bless you all. May the sun always shine even when it's not bright outside.

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