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BTB Launches Second Phase Of “Did You Know” Campaign

The  Belize  Tourism  Board  (BTB) launched the second phase of its Did You Know (DYK) campaign, which is aimed at increasing awareness  among hoteliers,  persons  who  own  a  home and  rent  rooms or  businesses providing accommodation for remuneration purposes of the need to register with the Registrar of Hotels at the BTB.

All persons who own or  operate  a tourist accommodation (such as a room(s) in  your home) for cash purposes to any guest, local or foreign, regardless of its location in the country or if you are registered or advertising  such room or property  with any booking engine or marketing platform such  as  Airbnb,  you  must  FIRST  register  with  the  BTB  as  mandated  by  law. Registration with BTB must be done before advertising in any marketing platform.

According to Section 27 (1) of the Hotels and Tourist Accommodation Act, Chapter 285 of the Substantive Laws of Belize, (Revised Edition 2011) any person who without lawful excuse uses any premises as a hotel or tourist accommodation when such premises are not registered or when there is not in force a license granted to him by the Registrar authorizing him to use such premises for the business of a hotel or tourist accommodation, commits an offence and is liable, on summary conviction, to a fine or imprisonment or to both such fine and term of imprisonment.

The campaign is geared at home owners who rent rooms or managers of resorts, hotels, lodges, inns,  vacation  homes  or  guest  houses,  camp  site  or  bed  &  breakfast  facilities,  motels or condominiums,  time  share  units,  bungalows  or  apartments,  home  stay  program  facilities, religious/educational  &  research  facilities,  villas  or  beach  houses,  community-based  tourist establishments and dormitory, cottages or cabins.

As a  registered  guest  accommodation  service provider, license  holders  can  operate  legally  and freely and contribute meaningfully to the sound development of our dynamic tourism industry as well as benefit from the strategic plans and promotions of the BTB.

As  part  of  its DYK  campaign,  three  informational  videos will  be  released  via radio,  television, flyers, social media, bulletin boards, local newspapers, among others. The campaign will run from September this year to March 2020.

Please click the following link for the informational videos:

Registering a guest accommodation service is easy and forms can be downloaded from the BTB’s website at:

For further information or assistance please contact the BTB at email: licensing@belizetourismboard.orgor PHONE: 501-227-2420; FAX: 501-227-242

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