Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Honourable Anthony Mahler

San Pedro BTB Office to re-open

San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, has been without a Belize Tourism Board (BTB) office for over three years after it closed in June 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This office is essential for tour operators, tour guides, and other industry partners, and as a result, the closure has led to trips to the mainland for tourism queries. But those days are about to be a thing of the past, as on Thursday, October 5th, during a meeting with Tourism Minister Honourable Anthony Mahler, San Pedro stakeholders were informed that the BTB office would soon be re-opened.

Island powerlifter Mary Gonzalez-Rodriguez returns with Gold and Silver

Mary Gonzalez-Rodriguez is back on her island home after competing in the North American Powerlifting Association (NAPF) championship held in the Cayman Islands from...

Police Press Officer ASP Fitzroy Yearwood passes away

On Tuesday, April 11th, the passing of Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Fitzroy Yearwood, 47, was revealed to the public after suffering a stroke sometime on Saturday evening. Yearwood was the head of communications for the Belize Police Department (BPD) and presided over the daily police press briefings with the media.

Tropic Air now flies to San Pedro Sula, Honduras

On Tuesday, November 15th, Tropic Air officially inaugurated a bi-weekly non-stop flight from the Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA), north of Belize City, to the Ramon Villeda Morales International Airport in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. The Belizean airline based in San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye, has scheduled these flights every Tuesday and Thursday, leaving at 7AM from Belize and 9AM from San Pedro Sula.

Miss Universe Belize receives donation from BTB

On Tuesday, August 2nd, the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) presented a $13,000 donation to the Miss Universe Belize pageant. Present to receive the donation from the Minister of Tourism, the Honourable Anthony Mahler, was the reigning Miss Universe Belize San Pedrana Iris Salguero. The pageant is on August 13th at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts in Belize City.

Tropic Air inaugurates non-stop flights between San Salvador, El Salvador, and Belize

On Friday, February 11th, Tropic Air Belize inaugurated its new non-stop service between Belize City, Belize to San Salvador, El Salvador. This is another milestone for the Belizean airline which currently flies to Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras. In celebration of this new service, a special introductory fare of US$99 each way plus taxes is available through February 28, 2022.

New Health and Travel Insurance for visitors is still a go; some stakeholders do not support it 

Despite the opposition of numerous tourism stakeholders to the government's plan to require health and travel insurance on visitors, this new requirement is expected to come into effect on February 15th. The new requirement even applies to those with their own health and travel insurance. This new insurance will be available for purchase via an online portal still in the works or at any country's entry point. The cost is US$18 for coverage up to US$50,000 in medical expenses related to COVID-19 and up to US$2,000 for lodging at the mandatory quarantine. The policy also makes provisions for trip cancellations, which may be necessary if someone falls ill with the virus. 

New COVID-19 variant detected in Belize; government introduces new regulations

The Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW) confirmed on Wednesday, June 30th, that a variant of the COVID-19 virus had been detected in Belize. Several samples have been sent to Baylor University in Texas, USA, to conduct gene sequencing and determine which variant is in the country. New measures to contain the sharp increase in infections were also announced and will go into effect on Sunday, July 4th.