Suppliers and agents mingle at BETEX

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 18, No. 31            August 7, 2008

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Suppliers and Producers got to meet.

Ramon's Village hosted a dinner for the BETEX crowd.

Discovery Expeditions...

EEvery two years, a collaboration between the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) and the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) gives way to the five day BETEX experience. BETEX is a travel industry event which is aimed at highlighting the various experiences available within the country’s boundaries.

    From Wednesday, July 30th to Monday, August 4th, registered participants attended the function which was held at the Sun Breeze Hotel this year. International trade attendees, Belize-based suppliers, such as hotels and restaurants, and the press all rendezvoused at Sun Breeze where suppliers showcased their products, and had the opportunity to interact personally with international partners. It is the hope of BETEX that this exchange will attract more visitors to the country.

    Participants included approximately 100 international trade and press delegated from the United States, Canada, Mexico, El Salvador and Honduras. During the five days that they were in the country, travel professionals immersed themselves in five days of countrywide expeditions which were separated in ten various itinerary options. These expeditions were facilitated so that the agents could “dive into” the very same packages that they plan on selling. However, decentralized marketplace sessions were held daily allowing for business interactions between buyers and sellers. These sessions took place in Cayo, San Pedro, Placencia, Hopkins, Toledo, Belize City and Dangriga. Over 40 host hotels, several tour operators and many restaurants provided complimentary accommodations, tours, meals and other services to make BETEX 2008 a tremendous success. Discounted airfare for international delegates was provided by TACA, Continental and American Airlines.

    In San Pedro Town, on Friday, August 1st, 2008, the San Pedro Town Council hosted BETEX delegates to a grand beach side, tropical dinner at Ramon’s Village. Participants had the opportunity to enjoy a beachside dinner under the stars with the live music of Wil and Dale as well as performances by the San Pedro Dance Company.

    BETEX is held every two years and offers an exclusive opportunity for travel trade professionals to meet with local suppliers, learn more about Belize and experience the destination first hand.
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