The Travelling Media on 3 Days of Fun in Cayo Print E-mail
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Friday, 05 October 2018 00:00

From Friday, September 28th to Sunday, September 30th, the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) hosted 12 members of the local media in their annual Familiarization Tour. Every year the BTB selects a part of the country which they highlight by taking media personnel on an extended visit to various sites and destinations in that part of the country. This year it was the Cayo district.

According to the BTB’s Joselle Stephens, the tour is a way in which the BTB helps to market Belizean destinations to Belizeans. She says that there is a great reliance on the media to market Belize in a positive light. This effort springboards from BTB’s campaign to have locals be a ‘Belizean Traveller’. And that is exactly what was accomplished with this latest tour where the team of journalists, photographers and videographers were taken through an exciting three days of explorations.

The Tour started off at Cave’s Branch where the group was treated to ziplining and cave tubing by local tour company, Cave Tubing Belize. Then it was off to the San Ignacio Hotel where they got a peek at what the resort has to offer; varying from luxurious accommodations to tours of their iguana project. In a smaller and cozier context, Log Cab-Inn was also used as a showpiece of the type of accommodations that are available in Belize and in particular in the Cayo district.

The media also got to sample the best in Belizean cuisine with treats to world class meals at Hode’s Place, Pops restaurant, Benny’s Kitchen and food from Midas Hotel.

But it was not only show and tell, the purveyors of news were treated to on site, hands on tours at Chaa Creek and their organic farms and extra-luxurious accommodations. Then there were traditional showcases as presented by the Ajaw traditional chocolate making tour and the San Antonio Women’s group which showcases their traditional tortilla and pottery making enterprises.

All told, it was a packed itinerary and each will be featured in this publication. We start off with the Ajaw tour...