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June 2013

Expression of Interest Diversification of Community Based Tourism Products and Services Under the “Making Tourism Benefit Communities Adjacent to Archaeological Sites” Project


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Introduction

The Government of Belize has received counterpart funding from the European Union via the Belize Rural Development Program II (BRDP II) to finance a project entitled “Making Tourism Benefit Communities Adjacent to Archaeological Sites:” Co-financing for the project is being provided by the Government of Belize through the Ministry of Tourism and Culture represented by the Belize Tourism Board and the National Institute of Culture and History. The project is being implemented by the Belize Tourism Board and the National Institute of Culture and History through a Project Execution Unit housed at the Belize Tourism Board offices.  The objectives of the project are:

  • ·         To improve economic opportunities in rural communities and contribute to the reduction of poverty;
  • ·         To enhance the tourism experience through improvements in tourism infrastructure and services at selected sites.

The project intends to achieve three main sets of results:

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Caribbean Export to deliver ProNET Training


Bridgetown, Barbados, June 13, 2013  Caribbean Export in partnership with the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) offers ProNET training to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) across the Caribbean region. Between June 18 – 21, 2013,  Caribbean Export in collaboration with the Ministry of Financial Services will be delivering ProNET workshops in Nassau, the Bahamas for the first time.

ProNET is a training programme for SME owners who want to grow their businesses and become more competitive.  SMEs are defined as enterprises with more than 5 but less than 25 employees.  The programme is currently designed for manu­facturing enterprises, with plans to expand to firms in the services sector. Continue reading “Caribbean Export to deliver ProNET Training”

Hotel Association holds annual general meeting


Hotel Association holds annual general meeting

Hoteliers from across the country converged on the Old Capital this morning for the annual general meeting of the Belize Hotel Association.  The conference comes on the heels of a significant upturn in overnight arrivals during the first quarter of 2013.  The overnight sector is the biggest revenue generator in the tourism industry.  While the achievement is being celebrated by stakeholders across the business, there are concerns that crime remains a deterrent.  Additionally, growth in cruise tourism arrivals is forcing all involved to take a serious look at environmental awareness, since the numbers reflect an influx that is greater than the population of the entire country. Continue reading “Hotel Association holds annual general meeting”

The 2013 IDEAS Energy Innovation Contest for Latin America and the Caribbean


The 2013 IDEAS
Energy Innovation Contest for Latin America and the Caribbean

invites you to take part in the call for proposals for improving energy efficiency and expanding access to renewable energy in Latin America and the Caribbean.

 

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Prime Minister of Belize Dean Barrow in the United Kingdom


Source: Channel 5 News

PM dons a hard hat for meeting in United Kingdom

Incidentally, the Prime Minister of Belize Dean Barrow is also in the United Kingdom. Earlier today, PM Barrow today met with the Chairman of the City of London Policy and Resources Committee, Mark Boleat, ahead of the Guildhall lunch where the PM was honored by addressing an audience of international financiers and businessmen. The Prime Minister, wearing his hardhat, was also hosted by the Directors and Senior Management of Tate and Lyle, who gave him a presentation on the future of the global sugar industry before being escorted to the refinery where he watched thirteen thousand tons of Belize sugar arrive at the factory. Mac McLachlan, Senior Advisor to Tate and Lyle, commenting on the Prime Minister’s visit said “… It’s clear that giant leaps by the entire sugar industry in Belize over the last few years have provide Belize and the sugar industry a strong and secure platform for growth and the future of sugar in Belize. We are delighted to be part of that future with all the stakeholders in Belize.” During Barrow’s absence, Gaspar Vega assumes the role of Prime Minister.

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