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Belize City, Belize, Tuesday, July 27th, 2021:  The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) welcomes the announcement by Frontier Airlines on the start of a non-stop service to Belize from Denver, Colorado and Orlando, Florida beginning on December 11, 2021. The service, which will be offered initially only on Saturdays, will be year-round with the potential for additional growth in the future.

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A huge milestone,  Marie Sharp’s Fine Foods, a Belizean- owned and operated company focused on the development of Belize’s finest hot sauces, announced today that their first ever shipment of Marie Sharp’s Mango Pepper Sauce, Marie Sharp’s Hot Nopal Green Habanero Pepper Sauce and Marie Sharp’s Original Hot Sauce has been exported to Israel. This first shipment of “hot” cargo will arrive in Israel around the third week in August for distribution.

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Island social activities and events have been cancelled for the time being and national curfew hours will be extended soon. This was announced this morning during the Reef TV Morning Show by San Pedro Mayor Wally Nuñez and Area Representative Belize Rural South and Minister of Blue Economy and Civil Aviation, Hon. Andre Perez. Both Mayor and the Minister were special guests of the morning show to discuss the COVID-19 situation in San Pedro Town. All indications point towards Belize moving into a third wave of the pandemic as cases continue to rise.

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Starting in July 2021, Belize Brewing Company (BBCo) will produce Smirnoff Ice in Belize for local consumption and for export to several Caribbean Countries. This undertaking expands BBCo’s relationship with Diageo, a global leader in beverage alcohol with an impressive collection of over 200 brands, including Johnnie Walker®, Smirnoff®, Baileys®, and many others. Over thirty years ago, Diageo entrusted BBCo with the production of Guinness FES and later added the distribution of imported Smirnoff Ice, a Ready-To-Drink (RTD) beverage that is enjoyed across the world.

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The Hol Chan Marine Reserve stepped up its enforcement activities by conducting a total of seventeen (17) random joint patrols along with the Belize Fisheries Department, Police Department, and the Belize Coast Guard over the three-week period. This was in conjunction with the closing of the Queen Conch season and the opening of the Lobster Season.

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BELIZE CITY, Belize, July 13th , 2021:  The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) has launched the Travel Belize App which provides a new immersive experience allowing travelers to curate their perfect Belize getaway before even stepping foot in the country. It's an interactive, digital tool that creates a personalized vacation experience.

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On Friday, July 9, 2021, the Hol Chan Marine Reserve of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, conducted an official vessel launch and tribute commemorating the life of their friend and colleague Killian James Azueta.

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BELIZE, July 7, 2021 – As part of Carnival Cruise Line’s highly anticipated return to guest operations, Carnival Vista arrived in Belize on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, for the first time in 16 months. Carnival Vista is one of the line’s first two ships to depart from the U.S., since resuming service this past weekend. Belize is among the featured ports on the ship’s seven-day Caribbean cruise that departed Galveston July 3. 

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The BTB and Ministry of Health Launch Joint Vaccination Awareness Campaign - The Belize Tourism Board (BTB,) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW), launched a national vaccination awareness campaign with the aim to educate and motivate Belizeans to get the COVID-19 vaccine.  

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The U.S. Embassy Belize announce last week that Lieutenant Commander Alma Pinelo was named Belize Wonder Woman Spotlight for the month of July! Alma is the first female Acting Vice Commandant of the Belize Coast Guard. The release from the Embassy continued: “Though she was born in Belize City, Alma spent her childhood in San Pedro. She describes growing up in San Pedro as “like no other,” and credits her time there with her love for the sea. This passion inspired her to pursue an education in Natural Sciences at St. John’s Junior College.

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The Ministry of Blue Economy and Civil Aviation (MBECA) has donated the training and recertification of Belizean Pilot, Henry Salgero to Captain BERT’s Air Evacuation Program. In a press release, The Ministry says that is recognizes the invaluable services that Belize Emergency Response Team (BERT) in partnership with Wings of Hope have been providing to the Belizean public, with humanitarian air medical emergency evacuations.

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Immigration has informed that all staff members attached to the Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport have been removed from active duty and will remain in isolation because several staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.

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Last week World Pediatric Project (WPP) embarked on a joint venture with Jefferson Facial Plastics for their annual Pediatric Plastics Mission in Belize. Dr. Howard Krein and his team evaluated 28 pediatric patients and performed 16 transformational surgeries.

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In a press release sent out today, Thursday, June 24, 2021, B&B Beverages stated that it recognizes that proper waste management is a significant issue facing the country and has committed to reduce, reuse, and recycle. The Company has installed balers at five locations across Belize to increase its exportation of plastic bottles to neighboring countries for recycling.

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In its ongoing efforts to secure a sustainable child friendly municipality for the island of Ambergris Caye, the San Pedro Town Council today boasted its silver certification status as a child friendly community under the guidance of UNICEF. In celebration, a banner was unveiled at Central Park commemorating this historic achievement.

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Impressive or Frightening! According to the USF Optical Oceanography Lab, the Abundance of sargassum recorded in May in the Caribbean Sea and West Central Atlantic has set a new historical record. It is expected that the amount of sargassum in the Caribbean Sea will continue to increase during summer leading to more beaching events.

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The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) announced today, Wednesday, June 23, 2021, that WestJet is set to resume flights from Toronto and Calgary, Canada later this year. WestJet will offer non-stop seasonal flights to Belize from Toronto and Calgary during Belize’s tourism industry’s high season in November and December. Tickets are already on sale on the airline’s website.

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On June 19, 2021, a joint team comprised of geologists and the engineer from the Geology and Petroleum Department, forest rangers from the Forest Department, and guides/cut men from St. Margaret’s Village visited the area near the Sleeping Giant Mountain range that has been emitting plumes of smoke. 

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“San Pedro's pillar garden is gone forever,” these are the words of Valentine Rosado a Belizean biodiversity scientist/environmentalist, who pointed out about a week ago that a patch of coral just in front of San Pedro Town, Ambergris Caye is dead and will not recover. “I first saw this unique shallow-stand of pillar corals about 14 years ago,” commented Rosado on a Facebook Post. “It is located right in front of town, but only a handful of locals really knew about these interesting corals.”

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Having taken up running for health and fun with his family for just a little under a month now, 10-year-old Dylan Guerrero took the initiative to participate in Ian Gordon’s King Lion 5K Birthday Run that took place today, Tuesday, June 15, 2021, in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye.

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