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Belize 2011 Tourism Review: Not So Bad

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The Belize Ministry of Tourism, Civil Aviation and Culture conducted its annual review: amongst the highlights were the results of an aggressive Promote Belize Brand campaign in which the Ministry announced contracts with two film production companies, the upgrading of local airstrips in Dangriga and Placencia, as well as a report on the construction of the Cayo Welcome Centre.

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Ministry of Tourism, Civil Aviation and Culture holds End of Year Review Meeting

Belize City, Belize, Tuesday, December 14th , 2011- With the year almost coming to an end, The Ministry of Tourism, Civil Aviation and Culture conducted its annual Heads of Department Meeting this past Friday, December 9th at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel to discuss the accomplishments and identify projects while outline upcoming plans for 2012.

Among the many notably achievements are the successful upgrading of local airstrips including those in Dangriga and Placencia and the groundbreaking and commencement of construction for the impressive Cayo Welcome Centre, which promises to be a world-class Centre. Bids are being accepted for the San Pedro Sunset Boardwalk and Water Taxi projects and STDP is in the final procurement stages for the Placencia Municipal Pier and Plaza and the Belize City Fort Point Pedestrian Walk. It was also announced that the proposed Master Plan for Belize City has been completed and will be presented to Government for review.

A presentation of the draft for the proposed Urban Development Plan which is being prepared under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, Civil Aviation and Culture was well received.

The Belize Tourism Board embarked on an aggressive online marketing strategy that is positioning the Belize Brand in the forefront of travel trade internationally. As a result of BTB’s strategic marketing efforts, two major U.S. Television Networks chose Belize for film projects this year which will further serve to promote the country.

Major improvements in visitor flow and hospitality were cited at the Belize City Tourism Village and PGIA. Information kiosks staffed by BTB professionals have been incorporated at both the Northern and Western borders, we envision that this will provide a welcoming atmosphere to all tourists coming into our country.

Over the past year, ICA has filled the Bliss Centre for performing arts and other cultural venues around the country with numerous performing arts presentations by local and international artists. Corozal will be the next destination to receive its very own House of Culture by year end. A House of Culture Coordinator was recently appointed for San Pedro and work begins in the New Year to establish a House of Culture on the island. The Prime Minister’s Forum, the Paan Yaad Concert and the introduction of Frankie Reneau’s “Hymn to Belize” were the highlights of the National September Celebrations. Maya 2012 will usher in an exciting year long calendar of activities commemorating the conclusion of a B’ak”tun and the dawning of a new era! The first ever Sculpture Symposium was facilitated in Belize and visiting international artists created several public pieces that will be erected around the country.

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