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Belize Presents Draft Update to the National Tourism Policy

Over 90 public, private and civil sector tourism stakeholders attended a presentation of the draft update to the National Tourism Policy held in Belize City on August 3, 2017. Dr. Richard Denman, the consultant contracted for the revision process, presented the draft revised National Tourism Policy, which will guide the sustainable and resilient development of tourism in Belize for the next 10 years.

The revised National Tourism Policy was drafted after extensive consultations with tourism sector stakeholders in February and May of 2017. The policy is a deliverable of the Sustainable Tourism Program II, which is being implemented by the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, through the support of the Inter-American Development Bank. During the forum, stakeholders were able to provide recommendations to further refine the draft policy.

Within the next few months, a Policy Working Group, which includes members from the Belize Tourism Industry Association, the Belize Hotel Association, the Belize Tourism Board, the Association of Protected Areas Management Organizations, the National Institute of Culture and History and the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, will guide the finalization of the revised draft policy.

The Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation hereby expresses its sincere gratitude to all partners and stakeholders that participated in the forum and looks forward to continue partnering in the development of sustainable tourism in Belize.

For more information on the National Tourism Policy update process and other initiatives of the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, please contact the Ministry at or visit our website at

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