Phone Book Cover Selected in Facebook Competition book Includes Discount Coupons from 33 Businesses Print E-mail
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Written by Shane D. Williams   
Thursday, 27 March 2014 00:00

In 2014, the Facebook site seems to be the center of the world; therefore, it makes sense that the Belize Telemedia Limited left it up to Facebook users to decide what goes on the cover of its 2014 telephone directory.

In a Facebook competition themed “The Great Belizean Adventure”, applicants were encouraged to submit photos of their adventures throughout Belize. There was no limit to the amount of submissions one could make. Over 800 photos were submitted featuring some of the most beautiful moments in time that are unique only to the Belizean adventure. The winner of the competition was determined by how many people liked the photos on Facebook. At the close of competition it was Daren Lamb’s photo in the Caribbean Sea near Caye Caulker that was liked the most with 1,396. Lamb said he had taken hundreds of photos in his life and had taken some beautiful shots of birds. He said those shots with the birds’ wings extended were always in a horizontal position. The winning shot was one of a Tern flying to eat a small fish held in the hand of a tour guide. The Tern’s wings were extended vertically and Lamb says he knew it was a special shot. The opportunity lasted about three seconds and Lamb managed to take a photo which rewarded him with an iPad 4 and a year free DigiCell service. Second and third place went to students from the Belize High School.

Lamb’s photo will be on the cover of 50,000 copies of the 2014 Belize Telephone Directory. Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of BTL, Anwar Barrow, says “The BTL telephone directory is a unique publication that not only provides phone numbers for the entire country but features interesting facts and colourful imagery about Belize for the benefit of both Belizeans and tourists alike.” Barrow adds, “Belize is one of the few countries in the world in which the directory is a coveted keepsake as well as a great source of information about the local economy and people.”

In 2007 the directory tourist pages were renamed “All About Belize” and host information about things to know about Belize, a Belizean calendar of events, a map of Belize and fascinating facts. This year the company chose to highlight popular adventures available in Belize. Staff members experienced available adventures firsthand and wrote an account in the book. There are articles on cave tubing, ziplining, snorkeling, scuba diving and the Lamanai river tour. There is also a special feature with beautiful photos of restaurants and food served in Belize. The last five pages are made up of coupons than can be cut out and used at 33 businesses across the country.    

The 2014 Telephone Directory will be able at BTL offices countrywide on April 1st.