Our Community - Javier Williams - "A Kind and Caring 'Caye' Coordinator"

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 12, No. 18            June 6, 2002

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Javier Williams

When visitors choose Belize as their vacation destination they expect to see a part of the world that has been advertised as "unspoiled" and that is known for its diverse cultures and people. The magnificent scenery of its natural resources are indeed something unique to Belize but its charismatic and friendly people are an equally important asset. This week The San Pedro Sun is pleased to feature a Belizean who takes pleasure in sharing his knowledge of the "Land of the Jaguar and the Mundo Maya" with visitors - Javier Williams.

    On July 29th, 1970, in Belize City, Ernilda Del Valle Luciano and Ernesto Williams celebrated the birth of a son, Javier. He was raised in the city where he attended Holy Redeemer Primary School and St. John's College and Junior College. A pleasant young man, Javier was very popular and a role model to his peers. He decided to first try his skills as a sales representative at his father's company, Belize Air Travel and Belize Air International, and enjoyed this occupation for the next five years.

    In 1991, Javier met his future wife, Velie Paz from San Pedro Town. The two became instant friends and soon after the friendship blossomed into love. Velie and Javier became engaged in November of 1992 and one year later joined their lives in holy matrimony. This union has produced two wonderful children; Javier Jr. (6) and Alexi (4).

    The young couple resided in Belize City for another year before Javier was inspired to move to San Pedro. Once in "La Isla Bonita," Javier operated a grocery store while his wife offered aerobic exercise classes. In an attempt to get back into the tourism industry, Javier investigated an opportunity at Victoria Resort where a vacancy existed for an Activities Coordinator. In February of 1996, Javier was hired for this position and since then he has become an integral part of this first class resort, arranging tours and keeping guests contented. A natural when it comes to public relations and customer service, Javier has been able to please even the most demanding client. In order to enhance and broaden his skills, Mr. Williams has attended a variety of courses offered locally by Belize Hotel Association and Belize Institute of Management. Some of the courses included First Aid/CPR, management, hospitality and even the servicing of dive regulators. Because of his strong ambition, Javier was chosen as one of the two Belizeans awarded a scholarship by the Belize Tourism Board to attend a two-month Tourism Development and Hotel Management course in Israel.

    Knowing the important role tourism plays in this country has kept Javier striving to improve his skills. "The tourism industry has come a long way," commented Mr. Williams. "It is also a very vulnerable industry. We need to take good care of it so that we can continue to enjoy the fruit it bears for us, and to preserve it for future generations. One of the ways to achieve this is by educating ourselves and improving our services," concluded Javier. Locally, he is a member of the San Pedro Tourism Committee, a group that is working to promote the island, both nationally and internationally. In order to satisfy visitors' needs Javier devotes long hours to work, but he spends one hundred percent of his spare time enjoying life with his family. 

    Javier Williams says that moving to San Pedro has brought him great joy. This island paradise has rightfully provided Mr. Williams with a home, a family, friends and a comfortable job. He is grateful to have been blessed with these gifts and to be able to share them with the visitors who come to enjoy one of "Mother Nature's Best Kept Secrets" and the people of "Our Community."

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