Handing Over of Visitor Satisfaction Survey Trend Report and Database Print E-mail
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Thursday, 31 July 2014 00:00

On Thursday July 24, 2014 the Project Execution Unit of the Making Tourism Benefit Communities Adjacent to Archaeological Sites (MTBCAAS) Project handed over to the Belize Tourism Board (BTB), National Institute of Culture and History (NICH), and the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Civil Aviation a Visitor Satisfaction Survey Trend Report and Database covering the first seven month (August 2013 to February 2014) of the one year reporting period.

The purpose of the report is to provide accurate information to these organizations on the quality of the products and services being offered at the targeted archaeological sites.  This is aimed at contributing to the overall MTBCAAS effort of ensuring that the products and services that have the highest demands are offered at the right locations.  This, in effect, should increase the supply of products from the artisans (most of whom come from communities adjacent to archaeological sites) and services provided at the archaeological sites, and by extension result in an increase in sustainable employment opportunities. A second report incorporating the period of August 2013 to August 2014 will be handed over in September 2014. Training to manage the database is currently underway for the BTB and NICH staff to collect, analyse and produce the reports for continuation beyond the period of the MTBCAAS project.

The MTBCAAS Project was launched in March 2013 and is made possible with grant funding of BZ$2.75m from the European Union and the Government of Belize under the Belize Rural Development Programme (BRDP) and BZ$1.25 contribution from the Belize Tourism Board and, the National Institute of Culture and History for a total estimated cost of BZ$4 million. It is being implemented over 24 month period and scheduled to be completed in November 2014.