The tourism activity on Ambergris Caye is expected to return to life as a number of persons on yesterday’s inaugural flight headed to the island. The passengers arrived on the island at around one o’clock yesterday at the municipal airstrip destined for their Gold Standard Hotels. While the tourists will be restricted to their hotels, the industry will see a slow recovery as the need for human resources and additional services arises. Misty Michael, the Marketing and Industry Relations Director at the Belize Tourism Board, explained the importance this boost will have for stakeholders.
Misty Michael, Director, Marketing & Industry Relations, Belize Tourism Board : “The numbers are small but they’re definitely needed in these highly tourism dependent areas. I think that the stakeholders themselves are also doing as much as they can to market themselves internationally and they’re making sure that the enhanced health and safety measures are put in place, that they become Gold Standard certified. Not everybody is applying for reopening in this initial phase within the safe corridor. I think many stakeholders are taking kind of a wait and see approach and they want to see what’s going to happen in these first initial weeks before they make the decision about when they’ll be opening but I really think it’s a little bit too early to really make a good judgment about how we foresee the rest of these coming weeks to play out with us only having three flights so far. I think what we will additionally see in these first few days is the return of a lot of Belizeans, permanent residents, second home owners that weren’t willing to deal with the mandatory fourteen day quarantine in a hotel when the borders were closed so we’re gonna see a lot of those people returning now that the airport is open and the measures have been relaxed somewhat.”
According to Michael, other tourist destinations such as Placencia Village and parts of the Cayo District are also seeing tourist visits.