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Minister of Tourism acclaims National Cruise Tourism Policy 2023-2033; will ensure Belize remains leader in this sector

Posted: Friday, December 8, 2023. 2:32 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: The Ministry of Tourism and the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) have launched the National Cruise Tourism Policy 2023-2033.

Minister of Tourism, Anthony Mahler asserted that the National Cruise Tourism Policy 2023-2033 will reassure Belize remains a leader in the sector.

Minister Mahler noted that in the 2000s, Belize became the first country in our region to have established a national policy for cruise tourism development.

“This initial policy work set the stage for Belize to undergo an unprecedented growth and development of cruise that has transformed Belize into a regional leader in the industry. After two decades, this transformation continues, creating a strategic opportunity for Belize to continue to evolve as an industry leader,” Mahler noted.

Despite the challenges brought forth due to the COVID-19 pandemic, great opportunities exist for Belize.

“The opportunities and importance of cruise tourism in Belize is significant, with the industry holding an important role in the socio-economic development of communities in the Belize, Orange Walk, Toledo, and Stann Creek Districts.

Therefore, the time is opportune for Belize to review and update its National Cruise Tourism Policy. As with the first iteration, the Belize Tourism Board and the Ministry of Tourism and Diaspora Relations have taken an inclusive approach to the update of this policy. Through the establishment of a Cruise Tourism Work Group, representation across the cruise tourism value chain (public, private and civil) has been garnered to oversee the update process,” Mahler added.

Mahler also reaffirmed the Government of Belize’s commitment and endorsement of the updated National Cruise Tourism Policy 2023-2033.

 

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