Tourism Association meets in Cayo Print E-mail
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Thursday, 28 January 2016 00:00

Tourism is a major source of revenue for many in the Cayo District and as such members from this industry meet regularly to chart a way forward. As a result, the Cayo Chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Association BTIA hosted a meeting at the Cahal Pech Resort in San Ignacio last Thursday, where much was achieved during the meeting.

President of the Cayo Chapter of the BTIA Judy DuPlooy gave the welcome address. She was joined by special guest, Javier Paredez, Registrar from the Belize Tourism Board, who gave a PowerPoint on the laws and regulations relating to resorts, hotels, guest houses and tour guides.

According to Judy DuPlooys the Cayo Chapter (BTIA) intends to meet on the third Thursday of every month at the Cahal Petch Resort in San Ignacio Town. DuPlooy believes that as a group, the Cayo Chapter (BTIA) will have more lobbying strength and as such invites anyone associated with tourism to become part of her group.

“We need to build this organization… you get strength in numbers,” she says.

Tourism stakeholders also discussed the relevant issues affecting the Cayo District. Invited guest Samuel Bruce, the Neighborhood Watch Captain from Benque Viejo, gave a summary of several options for securing their businesses by utilizing the neighborhood watch concepts, working with police as well as installing video surveillance and alarms. He also made suggestions on methods of staying vigilant and reporting crime issues, utilizing resources from both local and international areas.