FECTAB rails against Dark Night/ Institute of Archaeology deal

This morning the Federation of Cruise Tourism Associations of Belize (FECTAB), the umbrella grouping of smaller tour operators which has consistently stood against the larger players in the industry, returned to the warpath with grave allegations made against one of those rivals, Dark Night Cavetubing Adventures Limited. The agreement signed between Dark Night and the Institute of Archaeology, a subsidiary of the National Institute of Culture and History, was made public for the first time and FECTAB executive member David Almendarez argued that it effectively surrendered control of the similarly named cave located next door to Nohoch Che’en Archaeological Reserve to Dark Night for a pittance of revenue.  FECTAB also renewed its claims of discrimination and neglect by Government authorities, as explained by the always blunt Yohny Rosado. Today’s press conference was held without president Tom Greenwood, who was out on business at Lamanai in Orange Walk. But his lieutenants more than held their own, reiterating his promise of civil disobedience should Government continue to ignore their cries. In the meantime, Almendarez has some recommendations to address their long-standing issues.  The agreement is for three years and indemnifies NICH from damages for injury suffered by visitors.vlcsnap-2016-02-08-11h42m34s474vlcsnap-2016-02-08-11h42m43s853

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