Tri-Partite Collaboration for Sustainable Tourism Development in Protected Areas

Belmopan (22nd June 2020). The Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation (MTCA), the Ministry of Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development (MFFSD), and the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) on June 22nd, 2020 signed a first of kind tri-partied Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate in the planning, resource mobilization, development and promotion of Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas. As a part of this MOU, the Parties will develop National Guidelines for Tourism Development in Protected Areas, including minimum requirements for tourism concessions, and the development of an eco-label certification program for tourism providers in protected areas.

Read more below:

Press Release – Signing of MTCA MFFSD PACT MoU

Update on COVID-19

Update on COVID-19

PRESS RELEASE

Ministry of Health Advisory No. 11 – Update on COVID-19

Belmopan. March 15, 2020.

To date, Belize has no confirmed case of COVID-19; however, the Government of Belize is taking all necessary preventative measures to protect the population of Belize.

Given the growing global public health concern and the imminent threat to Belize, the Government of Belize announces the following updated travel restrictions effective today, March 15, 2020:

1. Nationals and persons who have traveled within the last 30 days from China, Hong Kong, Iran, Japan, South Korea, and Europe will be prohibited entry into Belize. This restricted travel list of countries will be continuously monitored and updated as necessary.

2. All Belizean nationals and residents returning to Belize through any point of entry from any of the restricted countries or an area where community infection and spread is present will be placed under self-isolation upon arrival and expected to follow the protocols of the Ministry of Health.

3. Belizean nationals or residents returning to Belize who have been abroad and believe that they may have been exposed to COVID-19 are asked to contact their local healthcare provider.

4. Non-essential travel by Belizean nationals and residents to other countries is highly discouraged.

These measures are being taken to protect the health and well-being of the population of Belize in an effort to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19.

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Press Release

Update on COVID-19

PRESS RELEASE

Ministry of Health Advisory No. 8 – Update on COVID-19

Belmopan. March 11, 2020.

To date, Belize has no confirmed case of COVID-19 but given the growing public health concern, the national surveillance committee of the Ministry of Health is hereby advising on the following measures for travelers with immediate effect coming to Belize:

a) All nationals coming from an area with ongoing transmission who land in Belize and appear with cold or flu-like symptoms will be placed under self-isolation upon arrival and all cost related to that will be the responsibility of the traveler.

b) It is highly recommended that all travelers coming to Belize purchase travel or health insurance before coming to Belize for the length of their stay while in Belize.

Belizeans traveling to areas where there is active spread of COVID-19 must also take the necessary personal precautions. It is highly recommended that travelers purchase travel or health insurance before departing Belize. For Belizeans returning from areas of active spread, your travel plan may include a 14-day self-quarantine.

The Ministry strongly advises persons to avoid non-essential travel to any country that has local spread of COVID-19. For now, these countries include China, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Singapore, and South Korea. These new recommendations have been implemented as a part of an immediate prevention measure based on our most recent development on the spread of COVID-19.

Additionally, the Ministry of Health has suspended all duty leave travel for its staff. Cabinet has agreed to do the same across all ministries.

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URGENT NOTICE – Virtual Forum on COVID-19

In an effort to provide the most updated information on COVID-19, The Belize Tourism Board in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of Health will be hosting a virtual forum for the tourism private sector.

This virtual forum will be held on Friday, March 6th, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.

All are invited to participate as the Director of Health Services, Dr. Marvin Manzanero will share information that could assist us in better understanding the situation and what it means for the Tourism Industry.

Below is the link to connect to the forum:
https://zoom.us/j/591069273

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