In sticking with business in Caye Caulker, we can tell you that tourism is slowly rebounding. With the relaxation of COVID-19 regulations and the emergence of the Easter season, the island is expecting to have a fruitful outcome as the resorts and hotels are swiftly being booked out by locals and foreigners. Love News spoke with the Chairlady of the Caye Caulker Village Council, Seleny Villanueva Pott, who explained how the community is handling this situation.
Seleny Villanueva Pott, Chairlady, Caye Caulker Village Council: “A lot of the resorts and hotels have reopened so there’s a normal need for staff since these hotels and resorts have opened back up but we’ve also seen an additional need for additional staffing because it’s busier than, you know, because this is normally our high season. Given the fact that there’s a decline in COVID cases across the world. We’ve seen an increase in visitors so that’s a plus. More people are able to work. I believe Caye Caulker is a community where we’re used to being independent, making our own money and it feels good that there’s work and we’re able to have the economic activity that we’re used to.”
Villanueva Pott explained how the village was initially impacted by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. She also expressed that the Caye Caulker Village Council, as well as the residents, are looking forward to bringing back the island’s economy to where it was pre-pandemic.
Seleny Villanueva Pott, Chairlady, Caye Caulker Village Council: “Well, in a way we’re excited for the economic activities that we’re seeing on the island. Two years ago, just around this time, everybody was in a panic mode. Everybody wasn’t sure of what or where we were heading. Times were uncertain and times still are uncertain but at that time, heading into a lockdown, people, you know, different business owners took out their lights, took out water. The front streets were literally dark because people were trying to save money and we weren’t sure what was going to happen next. Fast forward to two years now in COVID where there’s now different phases of vaccines, the borders are open. We’re excited that we have visitors. When we saw our first visitors, our first few tourists, we were so excited to see them because as a tourism industry now we depend heavily on them so we really felt the impact of that, the losses of not making money, not being able to provide jobs.”
According to the Caye Caulker Village Council, during the height of the pandemic, investments were still happening on the island. However, they hope that the island will see an increase