The Belize Tourism Board and the Belize Hotel Association held a joint press conference today to give away 7 scholarships to deserving students. 14 awards have been issued by the Belize Tourism Board, since the fund was established in 2011. According to Ted Tejeda, the President of the Belize Hotel Association, over eight thousand dollars were contributed by members of the association to make the 7 scholarships possible.
Ted Tejada, President Belize Tourism Board: In 2011, the Belize Hotel association established a scholarship fund to grant young women and men the opportunity to complete a higher degree of education at our institutions. It was the value of the stewardship of our president at that time, Doug Thompson. Since then the Belize Hotel association has been able to grant 14 scholarships to more students to pursue their further education. The recipients that have enjoyed the benefits had to be members, their parents have to be members of the association. That is the qualification for this scholarship. At our last AGM, the Belize Hotel Association was able to raise over $8,000 from donations from our members. Thankfully, from this money raised at that meeting, we were able to grant 7 scholarships today to our Belizean students. And again, these are kids of parents that work in our industry and are members of the hotel association
Minister of Tourism, Hon. Manuel Heredia, gave the main address at the scholarship ceremony. Here is what he had to say.
Hon. Jose Manuel Heredia Jr., Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation: I believe that the industry have been doing great because of great people that we have within the industry and BTB and the Ministry of Tourism. And so that’s the reason we believe that we must give back something to the community and particularly students who want to better off themselves in the tourism industry. And that is why for a few years now BTB has been giving this scholarship to students that qualify to be recipients of this scholarship. The industry, the Belize Tourism Board and the Ministry of Tourism, have been doing a fantastic job from 2008 till now. Particularly from 2014 to present day, today, both in tourism and in airline.
The ceremony was held at the Best Western Biltmore Hotel