Mexican Press visits San Pedro

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 18, No. 15            April 10, 2008

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Many water scenes were shot – including one at the dock at Belize Legacy Resort.

The beautiful beaches up north were perfect for filming promotional footage on Ambergris Caye.

Marlon of Belize Legacy gets a chance to indulge Issie and Doris during some filming as well.

Issie and Doris make sure to catch some rays and pose for still shots!

The crew heads back to town. Pictured are Reforma newspaper Ricardo (far left), Brenda Nuñez (Turistampa), Amy Leiva (BTB) and Kiss FM’s Pepe (right).

A number of media professionals from Mexico are in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye to document and increase awareness to the Mexican market on what San Pedro has to offer. The visit is been coordinated by the San Pedro Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA), the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) and Masada Travel from Yucatan Merida in Mexico. Katherine Paz, Chairperson of the San Pedro BTIA in speaking with The San Pedro Sun on Monday, April 7th, stated that after noticing that an increasing number of Mexicans have been visiting the island more frequently, she believed it would be a good idea to promote San Pedro in the Mexico. “We thought that it would be a good idea to start toping into Mexico to see if by bringing the press and the media here we would make more Mexicans aware of what Belize has to offer. It’s true that Mexico has a lot to offer to their people but what we have here in Belize they don’t have; we have the second longest Barrier Reef in the world, we have three atolls and we have friendly Belizean people.”

    The group consists of 10 media personalities; Moty Sulkin (Masada Travel); Jose Uribe Magadan and Cintya Huezo Rosado from Radio Kiss FM; Ricardo Garza Lau and Manuel Enrique Ortiz from Reforma Newspaper; Ivette Lojero Amaro, Doris Serrano, Enrique Medina Ascencio and Julio Gamboa Ojeda from TV Yucateca and Brenda Nunez from Turistampa Travel Agent Newspaper all from the southern states in Mexico. During the official welcome at Elvis Kitchen on Monday, April 7th, Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Honorable Manuel Heredia told the gathering in Spanish that, “we are happy to host you at La Isla Bonita San Pedro and I hope that your stay is enjoyable. Benvenidos al Paraiso.”

    In speaking with The Sun, Honorable Heredia stated that Cabinet has approved several projects that will facilitate Mexicans’ arrival into Belize. One such facilitation is the introduction of issuance of Mexican Visitors ID to enter Belize. Honorable Heredia also commented that he is currently in dialogue with the Mexican counterparts to start to introduce Mexican flights into Belize which will also facilitate their arrival. During their stay, the media personalities will visit Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Shark Ray Alley, Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve, various hotels, restaurants and art galleries. The delegation will leave on Friday, April 11th.
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