By Rubén Morales Iglesias: “Residents of Seine Bight will soon be the recipients of a modern Welcome Center, designed to provide a free-flowing space where local and foreign visitors can immerse themselves in the culture of the vibrant community,” says the Government of Belize Press Office.
Minister of Tourism and Diaspora Relations Anthony Mahler and Area Representative Rodwell Ferguson were recently in Seine Bight where they joined members of the community in the unveiling of the planned Welcome Center.
“We want to do things that will transform the area, that will improve the area, that will take the area to the next level,” said Minister Mahler.
Area Representative and Minister of Sports Rodwell Ferguson said he is 100 percent behind Minister Mahler in constructing the Welcome Center at Seine Bight.
“We hope that once everything is completed, we’ll see some significant improvement and revenues for the people of Seine Bight,” said Ferguson.
Minister Mahler said that the Ministry believes that they can invest into building a tourism product in that Seine Bight area that will attract people from all over the world and from Belize itself.
“When you look at all the surveys on research, especially after COVID, people are looking for a life fulfilling experience. They want to immerse themselves in cultures. They want to experience the food, the music, the dance, just the way of life. They want to learn about the different cultures,” said the Tourism Minister.
“Seine Bight is the Garifuna village outside of the peninsula and I believe that creates an opportunity for this area. And that is why we’re investing in this visitors’ center, this cultural center, you can showcase your culture, you can showcase your way of life in a first-class facility.”
The Seine Bight Village chairman Jose Aleman welcomed the idea and thanked Minister Mahler for the Welcome Center which he said will greatly benefit the area.
“We’re grateful for this beautiful project that is definitely going to enlighten our community, bring economic development to our community, and likewise give our people a chance to showcase our culture and heritage,” Aleman said.