An award ceremony was held on the 21st of August 2017, at 10:00 am at the Belize Training and Employment Centre (BTEC), to announce the winners of the first ever “Maya Spa Experience Brand Competition”. Continue reading “BELTRAIDE and Belize Spa & Wellness Association conclude Maya Spa Experience Competition; and the winners are…”
BELTRAIDE, in collaboration with the Belize Spa and Wellness Association, is hosting a nationwide “Maya Spa Experience” Branding Competition. Belizean nationals and residents, who are interested in participating, are asked to form teams of 4, of which 1 member must be a certified massage therapist. Interested teams must register by 14 June (apply here).
In August of 2012, BELTRAIDE with funding from Compete Caribbean facilitated the development of a Medical Tourism Strategy for Belize. With the strategy completed, BELTRAIDE will be venturing in the formalization of a Medical Tourism Association/ Council via the facilitation of a two day working session. The work sessions will be held on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 and Friday, August 23, 2013, at the Institute for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ITVET) Facility in Belize City from 8:30a.m.-12:00p.m.
The objectives of the working sessions are:
- To develop a name, mission, vision, objectives, and function of the association.
- To identify sources of finance for the association
- Continue reading “BECOMING A REALITY: BELIZE’S MEDICAL TOURISM ASSOCIATION/ COUNCIL”
One of the main benefits for the investors utilizing the Fiscal Incentives Program is the duty exemption. To be able to provide this service, BELTRAIDE needs to work hand in hand with the Belize Customs and Excise Department. BELTRAIDE will commence training in early December 2012 to transition into using the ASYCUDA WORLD (Automated SYstems for CUstoms DAta); which is leading media software that Integrates Customs Information Systems in more than 80 countries.
ASYCUDA began with an UNCTAD initiative to reduce transaction costs throughout the trade transaction chain, with potential cost savings per annum of $100 billion worldwide. It will be used to generate statistical economic analysis, manifests and customs declarations, accounting procedures, and transit and suspense procedures.
Belize has proudly implemented the software at Punta Gorda and Big Creek since June and August 2010 respectively, Phillip Goldson International Airport since May 2011, Belize City in September 2011, Benque Viejo Customs Station since July 2012 and Santa Elena Customs Stations since August 2012.
BELTRAIDE will be providing Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) between Concession Holders and Customs. Once the due diligence of the Fiscal Incentive request is done, the System will automatically authorize or be flagged by a BELTRAIDE authorized personnel. This should then speed up the process in getting your goods assessed by Customs within 1-3 business days given that all requirements are met. Overall, this system will facilitate control of the import and exports in our country, Belize.
BELTRAIDE only accepts invoices for the processing of duty exemption request during this transition period. Thereafter, invoices will need to be submitted by your customs broker who will then upload it to the ASYCUDA system for BELTRAIDE’s personnel to conduct due diligence and approve online.
Greetings from The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE)!!
You are cordially invited to the “Second Medical Tourism Workshop” to be held at the House of Culture in Belize City, on September 7, 2012, from 8:30a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
You are encouraged to confirm your participation with us by the 4th of September 2012 . Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
For the last few years, medical tourism has been a hot topic in Belize. It seems like a no brainer for this inviting Central American country, nestled on the Caribbean Sea. This is an English speaking democracy. The government is based on the British parliamentary system. Contracts are logical and easy for North Americans and Britsh to understand. There are only 330,000 residents in Belize. It takes little more than two hours to fly here from Miami or Houston. And although local medical care is good, there are still few medical specialists in the country.
If medical tourism is nurtured, it would result in access to a broader selection of highly trained specialist doctors in the country. Medical tourism would provide a long term boost to tourism. And that would have a positive impact on the Belizean economy.
Foreign doctors are standing in line, anxious to open the first medical tourism facility in Belize. And the Prime Minister can claim bragging rights as soon as the first medical tourism group begins constructing a first world quality hospital or specialty clinic. Medical tourism will attract an entirely different group of tourists to Belize. As well as their dollars…
The Local Perspective on Medical Tourism in Belize
For those of us who live in Belize, we are anxiously waiting for medical tourism to be permitted. We understand that this is a politically loaded topic. Continue reading “Medical Tourism In Belize”