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Posted: Monday, February 19, 2018. 4:41 P.M. C.S.T

By BBN Staff: The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) and its partners in the industry have donated a total of  $119,868 to the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) towards disaster relief efforts for countries affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria last year.

The BTB’s Director of Marketing and Industry Relations presented the cheque to Hugh Riley, Secretary General of the CTO during a virtual press conference hosted by the CTO in Barbados.

The BTB raised the funds for the CTO’s Dollar for the Caribbean Relief Fund Campaign by donating $1 for every tourist arrival for the month of October. Each tourism stakeholder also donated $1 for every guest that stayed in their establishment or used their service, which had a multiplier effect when added to the BTB’s contribution.

Participating stakeholders included the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA), the Belize Hotel Association (BHA), Tropic Air, the Belize Airport Concession Company (BACC), tour operators, water taxis, and hoteliers among many others.

Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm, hit the Caribbean last September causing untold devastation to the islands it hit. Before those affected could recover, they were hit again two weeks later by Hurricane Maria, further adding to the damage. Many countries banned together in an attempt to help these islands with relief efforts. Besides raising funds Belize also offered technical support, with Belize Electricity Limited sending three teams of linemen to help restore power to affected areas in the British Virgin Islands.

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