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HARVEST CAYE: THE NEW TOURIST MECCA IN SOUTHERN BELIZE


The Belize Trade and Investment Development Service (BELTRAIDE), under the auspices of the Ministry responsible for Investment, Trade and Commerce, is mandated to facilitate and promote investment in Belize. The massive investment happening at Harvest Caye in the southern part of the country is yet another vivid example of BELTRAIDE’s efforts to foster investments.

On Tuesday November 15, 2016 Belize Island Holdings Limited, a subsidiary of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd, held a soft opening for its Eco/Adventure Cruise Port at Harvest Caye.largest-pool-in-central-america

 

Harvest Caye sits a few miles south from the Placencia mainland and it takes only eighteen minutes to get there by boat. Upon arrival, the visitor cannot help but to enter into a state of wonderment as the vast beauty of the island unfolds.

Its turquoise water, sandy beach lined with beach beds, huge pier, and array of restaurants and bars, butterfly farm, nature trails, the welcome center, shopping centers, massive lighthouse tower used for zip lining, water sports facilities and its condescending giant pool all infuse the visitor’s amazement.

 

The Eco/Adventure Cruise Port will allow cruise line passengers to experience Belize at its finest on the island that has all the imaginable amenities to pamper the discerning tourist.

Harvest Caye is stunningly spectacular! But so is the continuous support the project received from the Government of Belize.

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Like Harvest Caye there are also other projects that are benefiting from the Government’s keen commitment to foster investment.

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BELTRAIDE Unveils Invest Belize Volume 3


The third edition of Invest Belize was launched today at the Best Western Biltmore Plaza. This edition focuses on agribusiness, which is forecasted to become one of the significant pillars of the economy. The magazine was released by the Ministry of Trade and Investment. Isani Cayetano was there and has this report.

Isani Cayetano, Reporting

Belize is an ideal tourism destination, it’s a small country within Central America and the Caribbean that is bursting at the seams with natural beauty.  Its people, a smorgasbord of races and ethnicities, are among its many attractions.  The Jewel, however, is also a land of many economic opportunities, open to business development and investment.  As such, it is being promoted globally as a place with endless commercial possibilities.  That marketing campaign is being driven in part through this publication, Invest Belize.

Mike Singh, C.E.O., Ministry of Trade & Investment Promotion

“We started this project sometime last year, we felt that we needed to have something to showcase the work that BELTRAIDE and the government is doing, something that is positive, something that is high quality.  So we started with the first edition and then we ended up with the second one.”

Now in its third edition, the focus of Invest Belize is agribusiness.  It is forecasted that in years to come our economy will be supported significantly and driven extensively by corn, cacao, sugar and citrus.

Mike Singh

“The productive sector is getting together and working with us on the possibility on doing some port improvements to support the kind of agriculture work you’ll read about in this magazine.  And where are we seeing agriculture growth?  We’re seeing growth in sugar, obviously with the ASR investment into BSI, with the Santander Sugar’s large investment.  We’re going to see sugar propel to probably doubling or tripling its production over the next two, three years.  We’re seeing grain production, again the magazine highlights what’s happening with grain.  We have year over year increases in grain, literally fifty percent a year.  That kind of production is getting to point that we need to start having bulk exports, so the government needs to develop the infrastructure to allow that kind of export.”

While there is a strong emphasis on driving the economy through foreign direct investment local goods being sent abroad, there is also a firm accent on sustainability, particularly where it concerns the environment.

Janelle Chanona, Vice President, Oceana in Belize

“Certainly, you know, you can’t spell economy without ecosystems and for any economy to survive it has to depend on healthy, sustainably managed ecosystems.  So that’s, you know, the environment figures into everything, into investment, into tourism, into just quality of life and certainly that’s what Oceana promotes, which is the sustainable management of our natural resources.  And, you know, we encourage investment, we encourage development, once it’s done sustainably then, you know, it’s a win-win for everybody.  Everything has to be long term.”

To attract foreign direct investment nonetheless, BELTRAIDE is using Invest Belize as its primary medium, an annual magazine which will find its way to many desks and coffee tables across the wider business community.

Tanya McNab, McNab Publishing

“A magazine is no good if people don’t get it in their hands as well.  I think that’s what lends to such a great partnership between BELTRAIDE and McNab because we have our own local distribution through our own magazines and our own publications that allow this magazine to be ready for hotel rooms, to be ready at the airports through all the other partner agencies that BELTRAIDE has and it’s really important because, you know, people come here on vacation but they’re businesspeople, you know.  It’s not just because you came here you’re coming to invest, you come on leisure travel and so it’s really important to have it in country and that’s where our strength comes.”

The magazine however, is not only about selling Belize as an investment haven.  It is also a resource for familiarizing investors with the legal landscape of the country where it concerns business.

Liesje Barrow-Chung, Attorney-At-Law

“Invest Belize, I believe, needs assistance because there are people who come and don’t necessarily understand how the law fraternity works and that is what is required.  So for that exposure alone we can offer assistance in terms of development and, I guess, complying and making sure people follow the rules.  For Belize, of course, I applaud the work done because we have gotten a lot of exposure because of this magazine and it is something that as a young country helps us to develop even more.”

Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

Invest Belize


15 Places To Go Before They Get Famous


Our beautiful haven Belize made it to Huffington Post to the top 15 Places to travel.

It’s easy to see why modern travellers feel so burnt out: our globalized world is littered with tourist trapslet downsoverrated destinations and just plain crowds.

But what if you could get out ahead of the curve and visit a place BEFORE it started swarming with other humans? Visit these rising stars now, and one day you’ll proudly say, “I knew them when…”

José Ignacio, Uruguay
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Only about 300 people actually live here, but in winter (aka South American summer), José Ignacio is clogged with Latin A-listers like Shakira. A new luxury hotel, Bahia Vik, is in the process of opening this spring, and José Ignacio is gearing up to host an international art fair. For at least a while longer, though, you can cruiseartsy bohemian boutiques and enjoy savory steaks at La Huella in (relatively) paparazzi-free peace.

Koh Rong, Cambodia
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Visiting this Cambodian island is like stepping into a screensaver. With only a few bungalows, some killer snorkeling, and fishing villages (there are no roads!), many say it’s like Thailand was 20 years ago, before tourists trampled the untouched beaches. Ferries started regularly shuttling tourists to Koh Rong only a few years ago, but things are still pretty quiet… until someone figures out how to build an airport, that is.

Sofia, Bulgaria
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Price of Travel named Sofia Europe’s cheapest tourist city for 2014. We’re sure Bulgaria’s capital won’t stay a secret much longer: it’s super walkable and has a young, cosmopolitan vibe mixed with ornate churches, outdoor markets, and Ottoman architecture.

Ambergris Caye, Belize
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Belize is set to become Central America’s newest hotspot, and if so, Ambergris Caye will be its crowning destination. TripAdvisor named Ambergris a “Destination on the Rise” last year, probably because tourists are catching on to the immense diving potential of the Great Blue Hole.

Myanmar
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Myanmar’s tourism industry is “red-hot:” just about 300,000 people visited the country in 2010, but three years later, that number had ballooned to over 2 million tourists. Before prices catch up with you, go ride a boat on Inle Lake, explore a dark cave pagoda, and catch the sunset reflecting off Shwedagon Paya.

Roatán, Honduras
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Roatán doesn’t top every beach lover’s list of Caribbean islands, but that’s just because they haven’t heard of it yet. Cruise ships only started stopping here in 2005 (some lines have seen criminal incidents lately, and the State Department warns visitors to exercise caution in the country, even though group tours are typically a safer setting). Undeterred, divers come to Roatán for perfect reefs 35 miles from the coastline. You can take day trips to various keys, where you’ll very likely be the only human on a tiny patch of sand. Flights to Roatán aren’t incredibly frequent, but they’re easy. Snag one before the secret’s out.

Riga, Latvia
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Latvia is Europe’s best kept secret, but all could change now that Riga has been named a European Capital of Culture for 2014. The city also ranked as one ofEurope’s cheapest destinations for backpackers this year, with an average cost of just $33/day for food, lodging, transportation and entertainment. Hurry up and peruse Old Rigaascend St. Peter’s tower, and get fancy at the Latvian National Opera.

Puglia, Italy
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With foodie travel on the rise, Puglia (“Apulia” to the English-speaking set) is going to become a household name. In the heel of Italy’s boot, the Mediterranean diet takes one of its purest and most delicious forms:food (think olive oil, artichokes, and salami) is locally sourced, restaurants are quaint yet high-quality, and you can sleep in a converted farmhouse… did we mention most of this happens beachside?

Zambia and Zimbabwe
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Ok, so a place as beautiful as Victoria Falls can’t not be famous already. But the nearest airport has been recently expanded, giving thousands of international travelers easier access to this natural wonder on the border of two countries. Not far away is Hwange National Park, with a “ridiculous amount of wildlife” including one of the largest elephant populations in the world (well over 30,000).

York, United Kingdom
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Aside from charmingly old-school pubs, cafes, and tea rooms (some are built into 16th-century houses!), York proudly displays one of the biggest Gothic cathedrals in Europe. The Tour de France will be stopping through this summer, inevitably turning people on to the magic of this historic little city.

Busan, South Korea
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When they get sick of Seoul, tourists will likely venture to Busan, where majestic temples abound. This “Destination on the Rise” also boasts an impressive art museum, an outdoor bird sanctuary, and a fish market with scrumptious live squid. When Samkwang Temple lights up around Buddha’s birthday, all bets are off.

Manila, Philippines
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Traffic and poverty are present, but that doesn’t mean you should shy away from Manila’s “beautiful chaos.” According to cost analyses, the average price of a nice three-course meal in Manila is just $18, compared to about $95 in some other big cities. It wouldn’t be surprising if backpackers get tired of Thailand and start hitting the Philippines soon–catch Manila’s art galleriesrich home cooking and shoe museum (complete with Imelda’s footwear, and located just outside Manila proper) while you can.

Phu Quoc, Vietnam
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This Vietnamese island is the perfect antidote to busy Ha Long Bay, where backpackers rally to ride boats, see the scenery, and, well, drink a LOT. If you’re looking to celebrate nature in a more subdued environment, Phu Quoc is where you’llrent a motorbike and weave the red dirt roads before dipping in the uncrowded ocean.Almost everybody agrees Phu Quoc is primed to become Vietnam’s next hot destination, but it’s still “largely underdeveloped.”

Kep, Cambodia
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It’s teetering on the edge of a tourism breakthrough (there are still remnants of its1920s boom), but right now Kep is more than authentic enough to enjoy. Seafood lovers should make the trip just for the beachfront crab market, where seafood is sold straight out of the ocean then perfectly plated at rustic restaurants on stilts.

The Salinas Grandes, Argentina
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Deep in the desert, you might think this massive dried-up lake is a field of snow— but upon closer inspection it becomes a 80-square-mile salt flat that glistens like a giant mirror when it rains. The Salinas Grandes are difficult to get to, but people will probably start making the trek once they’re over Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni salt flats, which are much more well-known and heavily touristed.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this post included a photo that did not depict the Great Blue Hole, but another snorkeling spot. The photo had been updated.

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Global Investment Agents Visit KHMH


Written by Shane D. Williams   
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00

Dr. Adrian Coye, Director of Medical Services at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, guided a special tour of the hospital on Wednesday, November 27th.  Two Directors of Nueterra Global Alliance are in the country meeting with health practitioners, policy makers and institution executives. After a meeting with KHMH Executives on Wednesday afternoon, the Nueterra representatives toured the facility along with Hon. Pablo Marin, Minister of Health.

Nueterra is a global leader in developing joint equity partnerships with health systems, governments, hospitals and physicians. Many healthcare investors are interested in taking advantage of medical tourism opportunities now available in Belize and since the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital is the institution with the most material and human resources it is ideal for joint equity partnerships. Nueterra says its vision is “to create a truly borderless world of care – connecting patients, physicians, educators and investors from all over the globe.”

Minister Marin says any organization that is going to improve the healthcare system of Belize is welcome. He says medical tourism should improve the infrastructure of our institutions, skills of our medical practitioners and overall healthcare system. The representatives of Nueterra were extremely impressed with the hospital management’s plans for expansion (space and services). Paola Reyes, Regional Sales Director, says, “There are great opportunities for partnership at this institution.”
The two parties plan to keep in touch.

 http://www.guardian.bz/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=7093:global-investment-agents-visit-khmh&catid=40:politics&Itemid=90

http://www.belizeinvest.org.bz/

 

 

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