Posted: Friday, July 19, 2019. 12:42 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: The Belize Hotel Association (BHA) has joined in the events being hosted by the Tourism Association in Miami.
The BHA attended the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Annual General meeting held from June 20-21, 2019.
The AGM was preceded by several committee meetings and informative sessions that discussed environmental, health, and advocacy issues that are presently affecting the tourism industry throughout the Caribbean region.
The 2019 focus was on crime, Sargassum, Shared Economy/ Airbnb, Booking.com fee increases and more.
Belize also attended the Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum (CHIEF).
CHIEF is the premier educational forum for Caribbean hospitality and tourism professionals, hoteliers, innovative vendors, government officials and industry experts and creates new possibilities for a stronger, more sustainable and more profitable industry.
CHIEF sessions took place from June 21-23 this year.
The forum consists of two full days of educational panels and sessions covering a multitude of relevant hospitality and tourism topics.
Topics included cannabis tourism, cryptocurrency, culinary innovation using local ingredients, cruise tourism, embracing ethnic and genderdDiversity in the workplace and in tourism, human resource management.
Chef Sean Kuylen was invited to deliver a CHIEF Talk on using local ingredients to create culinary masterpieces. His presentation was very well received and he put Belize in the limelight as one of the very few countries that used innovative ways to prepare local dishes as a tourism product.
THE CHIEF AWARDS shine a spotlight on the Caribbean Hospitality and Tourism Industry’s tried and true best practices, and the Caribbean businesses that masterfully implement them for the betterment of the industry and the region.
Last year, BHA member Hamanasi Resort won first place award for Environmental Sustainability.
Nominations are open to all BHA members.
Belize also participated in the Taste of the Caribbean competition from June 21-25, 2019.
The competition is an annual regional culinary and bartending competition hosted by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association. This intense grueling competition is dubbed the Culinary Olympics of the Caribbean
Caribbean teams are selected, prepared and sponsored by their local Associations.
The BHA thanks the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) who assisted in putting the spotlight on Belize.
A part of this exciting event is the Caribbean 305, which is a festival where each Caribbean country showcases its culinary talents.
One competition at this event was the Pig Roast competition where Belize won the Grand Prize for our famous Cochinita Pibil.
The days following include Master Chef, Pastry Chef, Junior Chef, Team Competition, Seafood Competition, and Bartending Competitions where Belize competed against 13 other Caribbean islands.
At the end of the week, Belize brought home one grand prize, a silver medal, 9 bronze medals, and two honorary mentions
The Belize Hotel Association congratulates Team Belize on doing an exceptional job representing our country!
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