BTB is assessing Julia’s damage to the tourism sector
Several businesses in Belize’s tourism sector were negatively impacted by the floods brought on by Hurricane Julia. The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) has conducted assessments to determine the level of water damage caused by the weekend’s major floods. BTB’s CEO, Nicole Solano, says they are evaluating the results to determine what type of support the businesses need.
Nicole Solano, CEO, Ministry of Tourism: “Hurricane Julia has had an impact on the tourism industry, on many industries and many sectors across Belize. The Government of Belize is doing general assessment on the tourism industry as well. What we’ve done is we have a series of questions that we put out in an online survey and we did this before with other floods so we have just a way of assessing the damage and seeing which properties were affected by flooding or in any other way. So that was sent out a couple of days ago and we are waiting for the results. We should be able to compile some results by the end of today to see what the general situation is overall. We don’t know yet what the level of damage is and what the stakeholders have experienced so we need to do that first in order to assess how badly damaged any businesses or what their effects are so we do that first and then from there we determine what level of support is needed and what where we can get that support..”