Request for Expressions of Interest – Tourism Development Plans and Visitor Management Plans

Formulation of Tourism Development Plans and Visitor Management Plans for the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, 1000 ft Falls Natural Monument and Caye Caulker Marine Reserve

Institution:                 MINISTRY OF TOURISM AND DIASPORA RELATIONS (MTDR)

Country:                    BELIZE

Project:                      SUSTAINABLE TOURISM PROGRAM II (STPII)

Sector:                        SUSTAINABLE TOURISM

Project No.:               BL-L1020

Operation No:           3566/OC-BL

Project ID No.:          CS-41

Deadline:                    Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 4:00 pm (local Belize time)

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 consulting services for the Formulation of Tourism Development Plans and Visitor Management Plans for the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, 1000 ft Falls Natural Monument and Caye Caulker Marine Reserve.

The purpose of this consultancy is to formulate Tourism Development Plans and Visitor Management Plans in order to improve the quality of the visitor experience, ensuring that it is consistent, safe, enjoyable and reliable.

The consultancy firm will be expected to: (i) formulate Tourism Development Plans and Visitor Management Plans for the three protected areas; (ii) develop a tourism management framework for the protected areas; (iii) develop guidelines, manuals and information material; (iv) training.

Anticipated duration of this consultancy is no more than forty (40) weeks. The consultancy firm must demonstrate successful experience with tourism planning, protected areas planning, visitor management and risk management, including aspects related to community-based tourism and participatory planning. The team should also possess a working knowledge of local/international safety standards for COVID-19 measures, international environment and social safeguards, marketing and product development. The Key Experts will include a Project Coordinator, Visitor and Risk Management Specialist, Natural Resources Management Specialist, and a Hospitality, Health and Safety Specialist.

Previous experience working in projects financed by multi-lateral and bilateral organizations in the Caribbean is desirable and previous working experience in Belize is optimal.

The procurement method for this contract will be Selection Based on Consultants’ Qualification (CQS) in accordance with the procedures set out in the Inter-American Development Bank: Policies for the selection and Contracting of Consultants financed by the Inter-American Development Bank (GN-2350-9), and is open to all eligible bidders as defined in the policies.

The Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation now invites eligible Consultants to indicate their interest in providing the services. Interested consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the services (brochures, description of similar assignments, experience in similar conditions, availability of appropriate skills among staff, etc.). Consultants may associate to enhance their qualifications.

Interested consultants may obtain further information by e-mail or by phone during office hours of 09:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday to Friday, local Belize time. Expressions of interest must be delivered via direct mail or e-mail at the address indicated below by Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 4:00 pm, local Belize time.

 

Ministry of Tourism and Diaspora Relations

Attn: Tamara Tingling-Cano

Procurement Specialist, STPII

106 South Street, Belize City,

Tel: 501-227-1760

E-mail: tamara.cano@tourism.gov.bz , zane.castillo@belizetourism.gov.bz

Press Release – Mundo Maya’s Business Roundtable 2021

MEMBER COUNTRIES OF THE MUNDO MAYA ORGANIZATION PROMOTE THE TOURISM OFFER OF THE REGION THROUGH A VIRTUAL BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE

BELIZE, EL SALVADOR, GUATEMALA, HONDURAS, AND MEXICO

HONORIFIC PRESIDENCY OF THE REPUBLIC OF EL SALVADOR

 

The Mundo Maya Organization (OMM) founded on August 13, 1992 as per its constitutive agreement, through an initiative by the Ministries of Tourism of Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico, with an integrated vision to promote the development of the multi-destination, focuses its objectives to attain sustainable tourism development in the Mundo Maya Region through the promotion and contribution to the conservation of cultural and historical heritage.

Between January 20 to 22, 2021, the OMM will carry out its first virtual business roundtable, with the objective of generating new business and securing strategic partnerships between service providers of the five member countries and wholesalers and buyers of national, regional and international markets who offer tourists the opportunity to enjoy safe and enjoyable vacations in a unique region, as is the cradle of the Maya civilization. Participation of buyers from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, as well as South American countries such as Colombia, Chile, Peru, Brazil, and other important tourist generating markets such as Dominican Republic is expected.

For three days and between the hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, there will be working sessions where exhibitors will be able to present their offer, provide assistance to the development of itineraries, showcase fabulous tourism corridors that visitors will be able to enjoy, and explain biosafety protocols that are being implemented in tourism sites in the region.

The coordination of the business roundtable is under the helm of ER3 Turismo de Centroamerica, which has directly invited over 300 retail travel agencies and 200 wholesale operators, accompanied by convocation efforts focused in primary markets of the American continent.

The Mundo Maya region offers great natural and cultural wealth. Its heavenly ecosystems, archaeological sites, diverse flora and fauna, rich customs and traditions, unmatched gastronomy and colourful crafts, offer incomparable scenes that must be shared with the entire world and that for the most part can be enjoyed in outdoor environments with open spaces. The Mundo Maya region is prepared to cater to visitors with all biosafety measures, which are important to the adaptation of tourism operators to the new norm.

Since the tourism sector was the most affected sector financially due to the coronavirus pandemic, the OMM is very much interested in continuing to develop actions that contribute to economic recovery of member countries, especially in rural areas, where income from tourism has been a determining factor in improving quality of life. It is also a time to take advantage of sharing with all visitors the wide outdoor natural spaces.

The Mundo Maya’s Virtual Business Roundtable represents the first promotional action of 2021 that the organization will carry out as parts of its strategic plan which seeks to boost the positioning and the integrated work of the region as a multi-destination.

We invite you to find out more about each destination at:

 

For more information contact:

Permanent Technical Secretary

Mundo Maya Organizatiion

Email: omm@inguat.gob.gt

 

Comunicado de Prensa – Rueda de Negocios

Press Release: Minister of Tourism Conducts Walkthrough at PGIA

December 4, 2020 – Hon. Anthony Mahler, Minister of Tourism and Diaspora Relations, along with Hon. Michel Chebat, Minister of Health and Wellness made a visit to the Phillip Goldson International Airport today. The purpose of their joint visit was to personally observe flight arrival protocols with a view to addressing immediate concerns received from the tourism private sector.

Read More

We are ISO 9001: 2015 Certified!

About

2017 marked the beginning of a campaign to evolve the Ministry into an organization that internalized and embraced Quality Management. Through a partnership with the Belize Bureau of Standards, the Ministry began a two-year process to ready itself for Certification under the International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO) 9001:2015 Standard on Quality Management. Since then, the Ministry, its staff, its facilities have undertaken a physical and operational transformation that led to the achievement of certification in July 2019. This made the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation the first Government Ministry to achieve this certification.

Quality Policy

The Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation established a 5C strategy that led to Certification.

Read our Quality Policy.

Guiding Principles

The Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation strives to build upon the following four guiding principles:


Innovative

Integrating information, communication and technology to develop Belize's tourism industry


Responsive

to the changing dynamics of global tourism, updating Belize's legal and regulatory framework, in order to ensure sustainable economic growth in Belize.


Resilient

to the environmental, economic and social challenges to global trade and travel by monitoring, forecasting, and mitigating potential trends efficiently and effectively


Involved

Continuous planning, monitoring and management of tourism development in Belize, through local & global engagement

New Protocols for Travelling to Belize

As a result of COVID-19, Belize has implemented new travel protocols for visitors to the destination, including the use of only Gold Standard hotels and Tour Operators that are certified for enhanced health, safety and cleanliness.

1. Requirements for Entry
« 1 of 3 »

Find out more about travelling to Belize.

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

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