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Belize to make it on National Geographic Print E-mail
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Thursday, 31 May 2018 00:00

Two world-renowned National Geographic writers, husband and wife team Carrie Miller and Chris Taylor, are in Belize for a week-long tour of the travel and dive aspects of Belize. Miller and Taylor, who are being sponsored by the Belize Tourism Board, are working to gather information from 50 countries in the world about the top 50 best dive and travel destinations. That information will be compiled into National Geographic’s first travel and dive guidebook.

After landing in Belize just minutes before from Panama, the couple was hosted at a press conference on Tuesday, May 29, 2018. There, they were welcomed by Karen Pike, Director of Marketing and Industry Relations, BTB, before giving the background of their visit. The couple highlighted that a part of their attraction to Belize as a destination was due to Belize’s continued efforts toward conservation, particularly as it relates to that of its marine and reef resources. Taylor, who is also a Dive Master, highlighted that while the Blue Hole is a typical and popular dive location for foreigners, the southern dive sites offer activities for both divers and non-divers and as such, the readers of the guidebook will be more inclined to visit. Jocelle Stephen, Marketing and Public Relations Manager, BTB, highlighted that their itinerary will ensure that they experience the inland and the cultural diversity of Belize.

While in Belize, the couple will be guided by the Belize Tourism Board to some of Belize’s premier attractions within the Belize district and southern Belize. These include the Altun Ha archaeological site, Gladden Split, Bocawina National Park, South Water Caye Marine Reserve, the Abyss/Fourth Cut, Tobacco Caye, and Man O’War Caye among others. They will also conduct a Garifuna cultural tour in Dangriga. The guide will highlight marine conservation in Belize. The guide will also feature itineraries on land and at sea, include a wide variety of individual and shared experiences, and share expert tips on where to go, what to see, and where to stay.

The couple started their 50-country tour in late March of this year and so far, Belize is their 9th destination. Each of the 50 destinations will receive approximately 7 pages of coverage in the guidebook with Belize having its own chapter which will cover accommodation, travel and activities, diving, restaurants, points of interest, history, culture, and conservation initiatives. The completed guidebook is to be published by Random House in 2020 and will be sold in outlets such as Barnes & Noble and Amazon as both print and e-book. The project is National Geographic’s first and is being supported by well known organizations such as the Professional Association of Dive Instructors (PADI), the world’s largest diver training organization.

Their visit, in addition to creating greater awareness on Belize, is yet another example of the effective marketing efforts of both the BTB and its strategic partners in marketing Belize as a top world Curious Destination.