Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017. 10:55 a.m. CST.
By BBN Staff: The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) this week launched a public awareness campaign to remind owners and operators of guest accommodation services of their obligations and requirements under the Hotel and Tourist Accommodation Act.
Any owner or operator providing accommodation for remuneration purposes to any guest (local or foreign) regardless of its location in the country, is legally required to register with the Registrar of Hotels at the BTB.
This requirement applies to hotels, resorts, lodge or inns, vacation homes, guest houses, camp sites or bed & breakfast facilities, motels, bungalow apartments, home stay facilities, religious or educational & research facilities, dormitories or cabins, villas, beach houses or community-based tourist establishments or if you are registered with any booking engine or other travel agencies and have not registered with the BTB.
Establishments legally registered with the BTB gives the owner or operator the benefit of having a hotel license to operate legally and freely, of contributing meaningfully to the sound development of our dynamic tourism industry, as well as to benefit from the strategic plans and promotions of the BTB.
BTB advises all proprietors to register.
Application forms can be downloaded from the Belize Tourism Board website at: http://www.belizetourismboard.
BTB referred to Section 27 (1) of the Hotel and Tourist Accommodation Act, Chapter 285 of the Substantial laws of Belize Revised Edition 2011, which states that “any person who without lawful excuse uses any premises as a hotel or tourist accommodation when such premises are not registered or when there is not in force a license granted to him by the Registrar authorizing him to use such premises for the business of a hotel or tourist accommodation, commits an offense and is liable, on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding $10,000 dollars or to imprisonment for a term no exceeding three years, or to both such fine and term of imprisonment.”
The BTB serves as important link between the public and private sector in promoting and marketing Belize’s tourism product and is also mandated to ensure the sound development of Belize’s tourism industry, the release said.
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