Six months ago the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) elected a new executive tasked with turning the organization around after some floundering in recent years. New President Osmany Salas re-emphasized the relationship between the BTIA and its destination chapters, some of which had gone dormant. At its bi-annual general meeting in Belize City today, the organization was happy to report progress in this and many other areas, as Salas explains.
”The strength of BTIA lies in the strength of its constituent destination chapters. The revitalization of the previously inactive chapters is well underway. Our chapter up in Corozal is up and running once more . The new chapter board, lead by Valintin Rosado … seems poised to accomplish great things in Corozal, which seems to be an emerging tourism destination. The main task of our Corozal members is to contribute their efforts towards the development of Corozal as a major destination in its own right; that Corozal needs to be more than just a place that you pass through. The elements are there for that to occur. The Hopkins chapter has been very active recently, lobbing for government and support in areas of security and infrastructure. Hopkins is in dire need for a stronger and more visible police presence, street lights and impovement to the access roads among others. ”
The BTIA also continues to work toward financial stability for itself and its chapters, a redefined relationship with the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) and other industry stakeholders, and a renewed emphasis on promoting Belize, especially through the revamped Destination Belize tourism magazine which will be available online and in print later this year. The BTIA welcomed a new executive director, John Burgos, and said farewell to a beloved director, Peter Tonti of Cayo, who passed away suddenly in April. The next general meeting is scheduled for December of 2016.