Belizean elected to a high post in OAS

April 1st, 2015

Belize Ambassador to the US and High Commissioner to Canada, H.E. Nestor Mendez, has become the new Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS). He was elected to the post, having achieved the support of the majority – 24 votes out of 34. His term will last for five years.

For the first time, the Belizean has been elected to a senior office in the OAS. According to the Government of Belize, Hon. Prime Minister Barrow and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs “embarked on two years of active diplomacy and campaigning to achieve the support of the majority of countries in the Americas for this post”.

The Secretary General Luis Almagros from Uruguay, and Assistant Secretary General Nestor Mendez will start on May 26.

New Executive Director appointed to the Belize Tourism Industry Association

March 27th, 2015

The Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) announced that it has the new executive director who officially started last week. John Burgos, the graduate of the University of Belize, has ten years of experience at management-level positions in the private and public sectors.

In the statement of BTIA it is said: “With his recent addition to the team this consolidates the Board of Director’s emphasis on a renewed and revitalized Secretariat that will be taking on a significantly increased and proactive role in servicing our Secretariat obligations to the membership and also meeting the needs and challenges of our members in the various Destinations and Sectors that form part of the BTIA.”

The new executive director welcomed the opportunity to positively influence the tourism industry of Belize by contributing to the goals and objectives of the Belize Tourism Industry Association.

Belize among popular tourist destinations in the Caribbean region

February 21st, 2015

The Caribbean Tourism Organization released statistics for the past year, according to which Belize had a 9.2 percent year-over-year improvement, with 321,217 stopover tourist arrivals in 2014. Belize became one of the most rapidly growing destinations among the Caribbean countries, and followed the Cayman Islands, Aruba, Grenada, Haiti and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Belize had a very good winter season as a tourist destination – 12.4 percent higher than the same period of 2013. There was also a 42.9 percent growth rate in the cruise sector, which is among the highest in the Caribbean region. In 2014, 677,350 cruise passengers made a stop in the country.

Business Forum held by Belize Government

August 1st, 2014

In July, the Prime Minister of Belize Dean Barrow held the 3rd Business Forum in which private sector representatives took part along with Government officials. The third Business Forum attracted wholesalers, construction companies, financial institutions, representatives of energy, agricultural, tourism sectors and others.

The forum of this year had the theme “Strengthening Partnership for Growth”. It comprised four panels, which covered wide range of issues, main focus being on banking and financial sector, trade and investments, infrastructure, ICT, etc. There was an open discussion on each of the panels, where Government representatives and private sector shared their points of view.

Since the first forum was held in November 2011, the event has significantly strengthened relationship and co-operation between the Government and private sector of Belize economy.