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Over 180 tour and tender operators benefiting from government fuel subsidy program

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Posted: Sunday, July 3, 2022. 12:07 pm CST.

By Benjamin Flowers: For the next five months, over 180 tour operators and tender operators will receive assistance from the Government of Belize in offsetting the high cost of fuel through a fuel subsidy program.

GOB and the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) jointly launched the fuel subsidy program on Thursday, which will be rolled out to a total of 185 operators.

“This joint initiative is a part of ongoing efforts by the Government of Belize to provide some relief to the current fuel price increases that are affecting countries, globally. In particular, the impacts of the increases in the price of fuel on industries such as tourism are significant, especially as the sector continues on its path to recovery after the effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic,” the BTB said.

Minister of Tourism and Diaspora Relations Anthony Mahler attended the official launch of the program, along with Evan Tillett, Director of Tourism, Belize Tourism Board, and Lincoln Blake, Director of Investment Policy and Compliance Unit in the Ministry of Investment, Trade & Commerce, representing the Office of the Prime Minister. There were 15 of the fuel subsidy recipients at the launch.

“Tour operators are centric economic nodes that drive development and growth of tourism in any destination. It is in this regard that the government saw fit, that together with the Belize Tourism Board, it engages in a fuel subsidy program that would bring some relief for tour operators in this volatile fuel market,” Mahler said at the launch.

 

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