The Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) has recorded another successful year as 2019 comes to a close. Today, they held their 34th annual general meeting to discuss with their members the plans they have for 2020. Love News spoke with John Burgos, Executive Director from the BTIA, who told us that the association continues to improve their services for tourist entering Belize.
John Burgos, Executive Director, BTIA: We had a very successful Belize Tourism Expo and we tried a new format this year. We were able to have over twenty agents from all over the world come to Belize and be able to experience Belize and we did a triangle where we had them beginning in Placencia they went to Cayo and from there they went to San Pedro. The response was very positive, we understand many of our members have already received bookings which means that they are going to get more tourists coming into Belize to experience Belize so we’re very pleased about that. Also we have been expanding on the trainings that we have been offering to our members, we continue to expand, we were able to secure a certified chef to come do an advanced culinary training for twenty hours, the response was excellent we actually had to reject some of the persons that wanted to participate but we have informed them that we’re going to be offering the training very soon in 2020 so they are going to be given priority to attend. And then we continue to offer first aid and CPR training, intro to bar tending training, some customer service training and one of the good things that we got to share with our membership for 2020 is that we’re partnering with the Belize Tourism Board and we’re looking to expand even more the number of training that we’re going to be offering in 2020.”
According to Burgos the industry was successful financially but did not meet the projected number for this year.