San Pedro inaugurates Tourist Information Center

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 14, No. 19            June 10, 2004

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Mayor Elsa Paz and Evan Tillet of BTB cutting ribbon

What was once known only as a travel location for divers from around the world has since become the premier tourist destination in Belize. Last Friday, June 4th, representatives from the Belize Tourism Board (BTB), Belize Rural South Area Representative Manuel Heredia Jr., Mayor Elsa Paz and the San Pedro Town Council came together to honor "La Isla Bonita" at the inauguration of the official Ambergris Caye Tourist Information Center.

    Located on the south, front side of the San Pedro Town Hall, this building was erected to provide a central location for visitors to acquire information about island activities, as well as the many adventures awaiting them on the mainland. The San Pedro Town Council financed this civic improvement, which was built by contractor Mario Leal.Well-known, local artist Efrain Guerrero was responsible for the magnificent artwork adorning the new Tourist Information Center. A wealth of tourist information pamphlets and brochures can be found inside, as well as BTB Visitor Guides and several Destination Belize magazines.

    Opening Friday's ceremony, Area Representative Manuel Heredia Jr. expressed how proud he was to be working "hand-in-hand" with the San Pedro Town Council to make this island a better place for everyone - the residents of the community and the many tourists who choose to visit.

    He then introduced Mayor Elsa Paz who stated what a "great step" the Tourist Information Center was in the improvement of San Pedro Town. She commented, "I hope our efforts to make tourism grow will reap great rewards."

    Next to address those gathered was BTB Product Development Officer Anthony Mahler who agreed with the Area Representative that the Tourist Information Center was a much-needed addition and expressed his hopes that it would serve the community well. He then took the opportunity to introduce his BTB colleagues, Director of Finance Evan Tillett and Training Unit Director Vincent Palacio, who accompanied him to the island.

    Mayor Elsa Paz then recited a letter written by Minister of Tourism Mark Espat in honor of this very special occasion. In it, he stated that the Belize Tourism Board was happy to honor the request of the San Pedro Town Council for assistance with this very vital addition to its tourism industry. Minister Espat then supported this statement with a check made out in the amount of $2,250 that will provide 50% of the estimated operating costs to be incurred at the Information Center during the months of June, July and August. Ending his letter, the Minister wished the Mayor and San Pedro Town "every success for this venture."

    Closing the ceremony, the Mayor thanked everyone for their support before inviting them for a tour of the new AC Tourist Information Center.

    The SPTC welcomes all business owners to drop off pamphlets or brochures at the information center.
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