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Norwegian Getaway Makes First Call to Belize


 

 

On April 27, 2016 , Belize welcomed the Norwegian Getaway in its first call to Belize. The ship arrived with 4,360 passengers, which is considered double occupancy. The customary plaque exchange ceremony took place on-board the ship between the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) and Captain Rune Myre of the Norwegian Getaway.

 

Miami’s Ultimate ship, the Norwegian Getaway combines the most magnificent amenities Norwegian has to offer with The Waterfront, an innovative, industry-first open-air promenade designed to connect guests with the ocean like no other cruise line. It hosts twenty eight (28) dining options, five water slides, and three levels of action-packed activities in the sports complex. The excitement and entertainment continues with Illusionarium, a surreal magical experience and Broadway musical Million Dollar Quartet.

 

The Getaway was built in 2014 with an overall length of 1068.3 ft. and hosts 1,640 crew on board.  The Getaway has been voted as the Porthole Magazine’s Best Megaship.  The ship set sail on a 7-days Western Caribbean cruise from Miami and is expected to make 22 more calls to Belize between May to December 2016.

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Kakaw – The Fine Belizean Chocolate Made on Ambergris Caye!


By Ann Kuffner

Fine chocolates are an up and coming niche business market here in Belize.  There are now a number of solid specialty companies that produce fine Belizean chocolates within the country.  Belize high quality cacao beans thrive under the shade of Toledo’s wild jungle canopy. The owners of Kakaw Chocolate have proven that they can coax the maximum flavor out of their Belizean cacao beans. They produce the finest gourmet chocolate currently available in the country.

I first tried Kakaw Chocolates at Wine de Vine, a specialty wine and gourmet food store on Ambergris Caye. This is also where I first met the owners of Kakaw, Jo and Chris Beaumont, who are British expats who became Belizean citizens. We often chat at the Friday night wine tasting. On several occasions they offered to give me a tour of their local chocolate production facility. It’s right here on Ambergris Caye, in the building behind their home. I finally took them up on their offer.

Although a chocoholic, I was clueless about how cacao beans are processed, or chocolate made. Chris and Jo walked us through the various steps of the cacao treatment process. Chris showed us the equipment and processes they use to transform cacao beans into fine chocolate products.

After the tour, we learned how this entrepreneurial couple got into the business of making chocolate here in Belize.

Transforming Cacao Beans into Fine Chocolate

Belize’s cacao beans are grown in the Toledo region. This is the southern most region of Belize. It’s a remote and wild region of Belize. In Toledo, pure Mayan Belizeans still live off the land, in traditional villages.

It can rain up to 120 inches a year in Toledo. That’s double the rainfall of northern Belize. But, apparently the conditions are perfect for growing fine cacao beans. The cacao plant only thrives when it grows next to tall trees whose canopy shelters the cacao from the wind and direct sun. Continue reading “Kakaw – The Fine Belizean Chocolate Made on Ambergris Caye!”

Global Asset Protection Symposium


Michael Cobb, at Hemispheres Publishing states, “There are some challenging days ahead.  The upcoming elections in the United States will set the tone and direction for the entire Hemisphere for another 4 years. The acronym for the conference is “GAPS” and you certainly don’t want any gaps in your tax preparations or asset protection.   Especially right now with the changes looming in just a few short months.

No matter who wins the elections, the likelihood of tax increases is almost certain.  The end of the “Bush tax cuts” are imminent.   For anyone with total assets of as little as $1,000,000 the tax changes will have a huge impact on what heirs receive.   Income and capital gains taxes will jump up as well, no matter who gets elected.   What can you do?

And it’s not just higher taxes that are the dangers facing us.   What about asset protection from frivolous law suits?   If you can write a check for only $10,000, you’ve got a huge bulls eye on your back.  Are you concerned about new banking laws that smack of currency controls?   How about erosions of freedom?   These are serious issues you need to address.

Time is short.   December 31, 2012 is only a few months away.  Where do we begin to look for answers and immediate solutions?   How much time do you need to “step off the tracks” and prepare for this reality? Is it possible to find these solutions in one place and in a useful format that is actionable? Continue reading “Global Asset Protection Symposium”

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