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The People’s United Party’s big plans for tourism in Belize 

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Posted: Saturday, October 31, 2020. 8:42 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: The People’s United Party (PUP) continues its launch of manifesto plans, as on Thursday it reported from San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye on tourism. 

With the devastation by COVID-19, some are advocating moving away from rather than revitalizing an industry that, before the pandemic, provided thousands of jobs and accounted for 40 percent of gross domestic product (GDP). 

But the PUP plans to make Belize first-class again, starting with infrastructure to new and existing destinations. This includes opening an international airport in Placencia, Stann Creek District, connecting Caye Caulker to the national grid and building key installations in San Pedro and Dangriga. 

The PUP lists among its primary objectives creating more equity in the industry; ensuring more Belizean investment and ownership and maximizing intersectoral linkages between tourism and other industries. 

As it relates to COVID-19, leader John Briceño said, “…we will synchronize health and hygiene protocols and standardize measures to reduce the risk of infection while helping to rebuild traveller confidence… our COVID-19 recovery pathway will reinforce and increase capacity for testing and screening to reduce exposure, for sanitization and ventilation and for managing risk, emergency response and engaging in contingency planning and execution.” This includes a plan to re-establish cruise tourism. 

There are also plans to invest in new routes by air, land and sea and invest in tourism education and development. 

A copy of the plan can be found at the PUP’s website www.planbelize.bz

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