Posted: Monday, June 28, 2021. 2:10 pm CST.
By Benjamin Flowers: Minister of Tourism and Diaspora Relations Anthony Mahler has returned to Belize following a week-long meeting of tourism stakeholders in Miami.
Mahler and his delegation, which included Chairman of the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) Board of Directors, Evan Tillett; BTB Interim Director of Marketing Michelle Bowers; BTB Director of Cruise & Destination Planning Noriko Gamero; BTB Senior Travel Trade Officer Deborah Gilharry Arana; and H.E. Sandhya Murphy, Ambassador of Diaspora Relations, were in Miami from June 20-25.
“The aim of the visit was to explore potential areas of collaboration in the promotion, marketing, and rebuilding of our tourism industry,” the BTB said.
The minister and his team attended the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association-Port Miami Return to Sail Summit, and also met with representatives from prominent cruise companies such as Royal Caribbean Group, Norweigan Cruise Lines, Carnival Cruise, and Virgin Cruises, to discuss the re-opening of Belize’s cruise sector.
The BTB also noted that, at the summit, “discussions focused on when and how cruising will return to the Caribbean, Central and South America, and Mexico; the new protocols in cruise destinations, including the impact for tour operators and shore excursion operations; and creating opportunities for destinations to have more of their populations join cruise line families.”
The Minister and his team also met with developers from Marriott International and IHG Hotels & Resorts, as well as tour operators and travel agencies such as Toselli Tours, Tara Tours Inc., Overseas Leisure Group, and Expedia, as well as with the International Yacht Brokers Association (IYBA).
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