Belize is Recognized as One of 2004 World’s Best Honeymoon Destinations

Belize City, Wednesday, October 13th, 2004 – Belize has been recognized as one of the Top 10’s World’s Best Honeymoon Destinations for Snorkeling/Diving and Best Honeymoon destination for Adventure by Modern Bride magazine as revealed in its September 2004 issue. Additionally, Belize was also voted one of the World’s 50 Best Honeymoon Destinations in the World. These awards are based on a survey done by Modern Bride, in partnership with travel agents of the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA). The travel agents’ votes are founded on real sales for international honeymoon locales.

Modern Bride magazine is the only wedding magazine with both a modern flair and a strong emphasis on personal style. The bridal magazine gives fashion advice and options and answers planning questions. It offers information and guidance for wedding preparations, the latest ideas in fashion, honeymoon travel, as well as tips on married lifestyles.

The conferring of these titles enables Belize to be known as a world-class honeymoon destination for newly- weds by retail consumers and the travel agents who promote weddings and honeymoon to their clients. In 2003 Modern Bride again also recognized Belize as one of the World’s Best Honeymoon Destinations for Adventure as well as one of the World’s Trendiest Honeymoon Locales.

“We have seen an increase in the weddings and honeymoon market in Belize. This recognition by a specialized and recognized publication brings greater awareness of Belize’s potential to grow this market,” comments Tourism Director, Tracy Taegar-Panton. “We continue to work with private sector, the media and our key international partners to keep Belize on top of the minds of the US honeymoon market and travel to Belize,” Taegar-Panton noted.

It is also noteworthy to mention that Belize was voted the Best Adventure Destination, Best Snorkel Destination, and Best Dive Destination in Caribbean Travel & Life’s magazine, Reader’s Choice Awards featured in the April, 2004 issue. Caribbean Travel & Life is a consumer magazine that covers dozens of diverse countries, colonies and cultures, and thousands of resorts, restaurants, beaches and attractions. Its main focus is on the Caribbean and the magazine has a circulation of 500,000.

Belize competed with other destinations such as New Zealand, South Africa, Hawaii, South America, Colorado and Mexico. The 2004 Best Honeymoon Destinations also looked at the World’s 50 Best Honeymoon Destinations for Romance, Sexy Ambience, Affordability, Trendy Locales, Seclusion, Beaches, Food, Winter Sports, Nightlife and Culture.