Nominations needed for National Tourism Awards

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 13, No. 37            October 9, 2003

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The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) is currently accepting nominations for the 2003 National Tourism Awards. These awards, first given by the BTB in 2000,  were created to honor excellence in the tourism industry. The official presentation of the awards is scheduled for early November. Representatives of the tourism industry as well as the general public are asked to select those individuals, properties or organizations that they believe have made beneficial changes to, or positively impacted, Belize's tourism industry. The deadline for submissions is October 16th, 2003.

    The BTB is seeking nominations  for the National Tourism Awards in ten different categories: Front Line Person of the Year, Hotel of the Year, Tour Operator of the Year, Tour Guide of the Year, Receptive Service of the Year, Environmental Organization of the Year, Educational Organization of the Year and Corporate Organization of the Year. The BTB selection committee will choose the Lifetime Achievement Award and Minister of Tourism, Honorable Mark Espat will choose the recipient of the Minister's Award.

    Past SP winners of the National Tourism Awards are: Owner Celi McCorkle of SP Holiday Hotel - Minister's Award 2000, Billy Leslie - Tour Guide of the Year 2001, Ramon's Village Resort - Hotel of the Year 2002, and Tropic Air Receptive Service of the Year 2002. 

    Nominations must be received at the Belize Tourism Board by October 16th, 2003 in order to commence the processing of the nomination forms and the naming of the recipient. The National Tourism Awards 2003 nomination forms may be accessed at or by a direct link at

    For further information, contact Henry Atherley by calling the Belize Tourism Board at 223-1913.
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