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Alina Saldivar heads Belize Hotel Association

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Posted: Saturday, July 3, 2021. 11:55 am CST.

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: “It is quite an honor to take over the presidency of the Belize Hotel Association,” said Alina Saldivar, the new president of the Belize Hotel Association (BHA) as she was sworn in at the BHA Annual General Meeting on Friday at the Belize Biltmore Plaza in Belize City.

Saldivar said that if there is one thing that both the past and presents governments agree on, it’s the “impact that tourism has on the economy of this country and so I’m very proud and I look forward to continuing to contribute positively to this industry.”

She added that Belize’s tourism is rebounding. She said that while it might still be a volatile year, the number of tourists arrivals is increasing.

“We’re excited and so I do look forward to getting as many hotels as possible involved with the Belize Hotel Association,” she said.

Saldivar, who is the owner of the Island Magic Hotel in Caye Caulker, was a director of the BHA before becoming its new president.

Saldivar is from Belize City, majored in International Business at the University of North Florida and worked in offshore banking before opening Island Magic Beach Resort in Caye Caulker in 2010.

She takes over from Ted Tejada, General Manager of the Best Western Plus Belize Biltmore Plaza, who was president of the BHA for the last five years.

For his part, Tejada said that as a past president he will continue supporting the BHA as tourism grows in Belize.

Tejada said that the Belize had seen its highest tourism growth by 2019 and that the BHA was in good standing as it worked in tandem with the Belize Tourism Board, and the Belize Tourism Industry Association. Due to that collaborative work, he said the Belize was able to face the pandemic and is rebounding faster than expected.

“We had been working tirelessly towards bringing back tourism with the Belize Tourism Board,” Tejada said. “We see, as of last month, that tourism is rebounding.”

Tejada said the projections have tourism numbers surpassing those of 2019 by November 2021.

“Those are the accomplishments … we are rebounding pretty quickly as compared to what the experts said that it would have taken us three years,” Tejada concluded.

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