– Press Release, Belize Tourism Board, April 17, 2015 – The Belize Tourism Board joins the Tourism family in mourning the loss of one of its very own tourism pioneers, Mr. Peter Tonti, which happened on April 16th, 2015. Mr. Tonti has been in Belize since the late part of the 1970’s when he arrived as a volunteer for the Peace Corps.
He served Belize significantly during his time after the Peace Corps Tour. He remained in Belize working with the Reconstruction and Development Corporation, which aided in the construction and administration of Belmopan in the early phases. He later made his first investment in the tourism sector by joining the Belmopan Convention Hotel in the 1980’s.
Recognizing the potential in the local tourism industry, he became heavily involved in the development of the industry. He was a part of the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA), since its inception, as a standing member, advisor, and later a part of the Board of Directors.
Among his many accomplishments in tourism, he held many prominent positions such as 2nd Vice President of BTIA, the Administrator at the Lodge at Chaa Creek for 15 years, and finally joining the Cahal Pech Village Resort team. He also served on various committees on behalf of BTIA, such as the Inter-American Development Bank’s Civil Society Consulting Group for Belize and on the Board of the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) from 2010 – 2013.
The Belize Tourism Board, along with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation, extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends.
Mr. Peter Tonti, May He Rest In Peace.
Funeral arrangements will take place April 22nd at 3:00pm (Belize Time/Central Time) at the Sacred Heart Parish, Church Street, San Ignacio, Cayo, Belize.