Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation is First Government Ministry to Achieve ISO 9001:2015 Certification

On July 24th, 2019, the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation (MTCA) received notification from its Certification Agent in Jamaica (National Certification Body of Jamaica), that effective July 18th, 2019, the MTCA has been approved for Certification under the International Organization for Standardization’s 9001:2015 Standard (ISO 9001:2015).

This makes the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation the first Government Ministry of Belize to have achieved this coveted international certification in Quality Management. Read more here: ISO Press ReleaseRVD

Letter of Intent Signed between Belize and the Republic of China (Taiwan) for Cooperation in Tourism

BELIZE CITY, June 19th, 2019 – As part of the celebrations of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Belize and the Republic of China (Taiwan), The Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation of Belize and the Ministry of Transportation and Communications of the Republic of China (Taiwan) signed a Letter of Intent on a framework for tourism cooperation. The Letter of Intent is a first step towards bilateral cooperation in the field of tourism to further strengthen communication and collaboration between both countries, promote information sharing and knowledge transfer, and support professional expert exchanges and capacity building programs.

The delegations held a brief bilateral meeting prior to the signing event to discuss areas of cooperation aimed at promoting the responsible and sustainable development of Tourism and Aviation in both countries. The Taiwanese delegation, led by the Minister of Transportation and Communications, Dr. Chia Lung Lin, included representatives from the Department of Navigation and Aviation, the Tourism Bureau, Chunghwa Post Co. Ltd., Taoyuan International Airport Corporation, the Taipei Economics and Cultural Office in Los Angeles, and the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan). The Belize Delegation was headed by Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Hon. Manuel Heredia and included representatives from the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, the Belize Tourism Board, the Belize Airports Authority, the Border Management Agency, and the Department of Civil Aviation.

Minister Heredia commented: “As we celebrate 30 years of Diplomatic Relations with Taiwan this year, it gives us great pleasure to serve as host to this event which marks a historic milestone in our countries’ relationship. With the signing of this Letter of Intent, we look forward to seeing this partnership program between our two countries evolve into a meaningful platform to advance our sustainable tourism agenda.”

The Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation and the Belize Tourism Board remain committed to continue fostering friendly relations and mutual cooperation between Belize and other nations in the travel and tourism sectors.

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Contact:
Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation
info@tourism.gov.bz
Tel: 227-2801/02

Belize City Sustainable Tourism Assessment

The Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation (MTCA), the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) and the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) through the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) partnered with the George Washington University International Institute of Tourism Studies to conduct a Destination Sustainable Assessment for Belize City, using the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) sustainable tourism criteria. The Sustainable Assessment is a first time for Belize and to the Mesoamerican region where similar assessments have been conducted in Roatan, Honduras and Cozumel, Mexico in 2018.

Click the link below to learn more.

PR-GSTC AssessmentBelizeCityTourism

Phasing Out Single-use Plastic

On 20 March 2018, Cabinet approved a phase-out of single-use plastic by 2019 with the objective of reducing the amount of plastics that enter Belize’s waste stream and polluting our environment, transitioning to biodegradable products, and protecting human health from the negative effects of plastic pollution.

To find out what will be phased out, how the phase out will be executed and what you can do contribute to a clean and green Belize, click here.

The Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project signs contract for the development of the Paslow Parking Lot

BELIZE CITY, Belize, June 3rd , 2019 – Today, the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation through the Belize City House of Culture and Downtown Rejuvenation Project is please to inform the General Public that it has signed a contract with Eric Martinez and Son Construction and Design Ltd. for the construction of a new ferroconcrete building, which will be constructed at the site once occupied by the Paslow Building. Click the link below to learn more.

Press Release Signing of Construction Contract Paslow

Design and Development Procedure

Dear Project Partners:

Greetings from the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation!

The Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation has adopted to a quality management system (ISO-9001), a strategic direction that will help to improve its overall performance and provide a sound  basis for sustainable development initiatives.  Our Quality Management System Scope encompasses the Execution of Projects.  For this purpose a Design and Development Procedure has been established to guide the process for the design, planning and development of projects with the Ministry of Tourism.

The Ministry is pleased to share with you, as a project partner, the attached procedure for your records and future collaborations.

Design and Development Procedure

Aeromexico announces new flight to Belize

Belize City, Monday, 13th August, 2018: Aeromexico, Mexico’s global airline, today announced the start of a seasonal twice a week nonstop flight to Belize starting on November 17th to April 28th making it the first major Mexican commercial airline to offer such service to the country of Belize.

Aeromexico’s flight 67 will be on Saturdays and Sundays. It will depart Mexico at 8:30 am and will arrive at the Phillip S. W. Goldson International Airport at 10:30 am. It will depart Belize at 12:00 and arrive in Mexico at 2:25 pm.

“Mexico is a fast growing market for Belize and therefore we welcome Aeromexico’s new flight as it will highly facilitate the movement of people between both neighboring countries. Belize is a country of countless attributes. Its cultural and natural wealth is virtually unmatched. Its indigenous lineage and multiple ethnic groups, excellent cuisine and friendly people, and the many historical attractions, festivals and natural wonders all makes Belize a perfect Destination, which Mexicans will surely enjoy,” said Mrs. Karen Bevans, BTB’s Director of Tourism.

Mrs. Bevans added that “the BTB is also dedicated to developing and implementing tourism programs that will help strengthen and grow the Belizean tourism industry; promote good destination stewardship; and instill high quality standards for accommodations.”

Announcing the new flight, Aeromexico’s Chief Revenue Officer, Anko van der Werff said “At Aeromexico, we are very happy to celebrate this new route that has also become the airline’s 50th international destination, which will help us expand our global connectivity network. This achievement is another sign that we are working to offer better products to our customers, removing barriers between countries, regions, and people.”

Aeromexico first served New York City in 1957 as its first outside of Mexico destination and since than it has become Mexico’s global airline set on a course to offer travellers enhanced options to connect them with the world.

Aeromexico has served the Central American market for more than 11 years and operates more
than 600 scheduled passenger flights per day, with service to 43 destinations in Mexico and 49
international destination from Mexico City. Its fleet of more than 130 aircraft includes Boeing
787 and 737 jet airliners.

For further details on the new route please visit http://www.aeromexico.com

 

Contact: Mike Hernandez Jr. Communication and PR Officer, Belize Tourism Board

PHONE: 501-227-2420 FAX: 501-227-2423 TOLL FREE: 1-800-624-0686
WEBSITE: travelbelize.org; EMAIL: mike.hernandez@belizetourismboard.org
ADDRESS: P.O. Box 325, #64 Regent Street, Belize City, Belize.

Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System removed from the List of World Heritage in Danger

UNESCO | Tuesday, 26 June 2018

The World Heritage Committee, meeting in Manama since 24 June, decided Tuesday to remove the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System from the List of World Heritage in Danger.

The Committee considered that safeguarding measures taken by the country, notably the introduction of a moratorium on oil exploration in the entire maritime zone of Belize and the strengthening of forestry regulations allowing for better protection of mangroves, warranted the removal of the site from the World Heritage List in Danger.

The site was inscribed on the List in Danger in 2009 due to the destruction of mangroves and marine ecosystems, offshore oil extraction, and the development of non-sustainable building projects.

The Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1996, is an outstanding natural system consisting of the largest barrier reef in the northern hemisphere, offshore atolls, several hundred sand cays, mangrove forests, coastal lagoons and estuaries. The system’s seven sites illustrate the evolutionary history of reef development and are a significant habitat for threatened species, including the marine turtle, the manatee and the American marine crocodile.

The List of World Heritage in Danger is designed to inform the international community of conditions threatening the very characteristics that warranted the inscription of a property on the World Heritage List and encourage corrective measures.

For more info visit https://whc.unesco.org/

Half Moon Caye Natural Monument was the first marine protected area established in Central America and is part of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System World Heritage Site

 

 

Request for Expressions of Interest – Market Study

The Government of Belize has received financing from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) under the “Sustainable Tourism Program II” (STPII), and intends to apply part of the proceeds towards payments for the consulting services for a Market Study for Prospect Mexican Tourist Market for Overnight Tourism in Belize. The main purpose of this consultancy is to increase market intelligence related to the Mexico Outbound Travel Market to Belize and provide an understanding of current and future consumer demand and awareness of the Belize Tourism Product. This will include establishing motivational and decision-making factors influencing the decision to visit or not to visit Belize, and means of preferred travel to Belize. The Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, now invites eligible consulting firms to indicate their interest in providing the services.

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Opportunities

Request for Expressions of Interest – Toledo Welcome Plaza

The Government of Belize has received financing from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) under the “Sustainable Tourism Program II” (STPII), and intends to apply part of the proceeds towards payments for the consulting services for Feasibility, Social and Environmental Assessment, Architectural Design, and Operational Management Options for the Toledo Welcome Plaza. This consultancy will develop concept designs for the upgrade of the area, supported by the necessary technical and social environmental studies, and public consultation that considers the input of the wider community as well as mitigation of any negative social, environmental and economic impacts. Final architectural, construction and bidding documents will then be developed based on the final designs. The Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, now invites eligible consulting firms to indicate their interest in providing the services.

Kindly click the link below for more information:
Opportunities