On Monday, December 5, 2022, Governor General H.E. Dame Froyla Tzalam received the letters of credence of H.E. Michelle Kwan, the new U.S. Ambassador to Belize. Ms. Kwan was confirmed as the U.S. ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to Belize in October, after being nominated for the post by President Joe Biden in December 2021. She has served the U.S. Department of State in various capacities and has had a distinguished career in public service, diplomacy and sports.
Álvaro de Marichalar Sáenz de Tejada arrived in Belize as part of his world tour to circumnavigate the globe aboard the smallest craft in history. His tour commemorates the 500th anniversary of the World’s first circumnavigation and historic voyage by Ferdinand Magellan from 1519 – 1522. Having campaigned against plastic pollution for the past 40 years, Álvaro’s expedition is aimed at raising awareness about the importance of marine conservation. With support from the BTB, Alvaro arrived on Friday, December 2, in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye.
Oceana announced that commencing today, November 17th, it will begin collecting the necessary signatures to trigger a national referendum. According to Vice President Janelle Chanona, Oceana took this decision following a conversation held on September 9th, 2022, with Prime Minister, Honorable John Briceño during which he confirmed his administration’s intention to proceed with seismic testing in Belizean waters without prior approval of the public to lift the moratorium against the exploration and exploitation of offshore oil.
Denver, USA (November 15, 2022) - Caye Caulker has been named the 12th best place to travel in the world in 2023 by Travel Lemming, a US-based online travel guide read by more than 6 million travelers. The annual list of 50 best places to travel highlights emerging destinations and hidden gems around the world.
On Tuesday, November 15, 2023, Tropic Air commenced non-stop, twice weekly, service between the Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE) in Belize City and Ramón Villeda Morales International Airport (SAP) in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. San Pedro Sula becomes Tropic’s second destination in Honduras, in addition to Roatán, and the 12th overall in its network.
Hurricane Lisa made landfall in Belize about 10 miles southwest of Belize City, around 4:20p.m. on Wednesday, November 2, 2022 with maximum sustained winds are estimated to be 85 mph (140 km/h), and the minimum central pressure is estimated to be 990 mb (29.24 inches).) This meant significant damage caused by the category 1 storm to Belize City and Ladyville. The islands of Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker were spared from major damage and are underway in returning to normality.
On October 23, 2022, the members of Bowen & Bowen’s Corporate Citizens Committee were hands-on with renovating the popular North Park on Caye Caulker. The team braved the sun and heat as they painted and assisted with repairing, removing, and replacing old, broken playsets, giving the park a refresh.
The Belize Tourism Board held its annual National Tourism Awards Gala on Saturday, 22nd October in Belize City. The signature event honored and celebrated the excellence of the industry’s top performers for 2022. Four out of the 13 awards handed out to tourism stakeholders around the country belonged to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye including Restaurant of the Year, Tour Guide of the Year, Tour Operator of the Year and the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Mr. John Grief and Mr. Steve Schulte of Tropic Air were presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Belize Tourism Awards that were held on Saturday, October 22, 2022, in Belize City. The awards is presented to those who have dedicated their lives to grow and develop Belize’s tourism industry. This awardee’s contributions are significant and have positively impacted Belize and the lives of countless Belizeans.
Caye Coffee’s new cafe brings the outdoors 'inside' at the new Hibisco residential project located in the Boca del Rio area. The beach, sun, sea and cool tropical breeze can be enjoyed with a cup of coffee, specialty iced coffee drinks and even some tasty treats.
Belize’s contagious, warm hospitality, stunning natural beauty, and cultural richness has earned the country international recognition as one of the most friendliest nations in the world. This outstanding recognition of the Jewel was announced this week in the Condé Nast 2022 Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards.
Hummingbird Furnishings is one of those Belizean businesses that grew up from the ground with a lot of blood, sweat, tears and not to mention a lot of faith. Founder, owner and entrepreneur, Robert “Bobby” Lopez has come a long way as a businessman, from putting all his savings, hopes and dreams into a tiny workshop to start making furniture himself in 1987, today he boasts the Hummingbird Group Ltd, that includes Hummingbird Furnishings, Hummingbird Suites and Hummingbird Forest Products strongly established in Belmopan City.
There is much complaining about the deteriorating conditions of the streets, with rain and traffic wreaking havoc on all unpaved streets and roads. Mayor Wally noted that road works have restarted with the Town Council’s acquisition of their own grader; plus one more is on its way in a few weeks. More filling, spreading and compacting is taking place already.
Town Councilor Ernesto Bardalez (councilor responsible for public utilities) has been in constant works with Belize Water Services and his perseverance and collaborating are bringing water to neighborhoods that have long been without the convenience of running water. Most recently, water services have arrived in the Eiley Subdivision. One of the first roads is now accessible for water services and already meters have begun to be installed. Previously, access to water was given to new areas in San Pedrito Area and along the San Pedro Airstrip.
Repairs to the second half of the Boca del Rio Bridge should be underway real soon; as soon as this week. Funding has been secured to commence the dismantling of the remaining old structure and build the new concrete second half of the bridge. Work will also include adding walkways to both sides, pedestrian crossings on both ends and general beautification of the area. Mayor Wally indicted that the toll fees are assisting with payments of the loan that will come out to about $5Mil when the project is completed.
Lately it has been evident that various beach areas on the island have suffered from extreme erosion. It is not taking years or months to notice the significant loss of beach areas, but the Town Council is embarking on a long-term project to reclaim beach areas and make them more beautiful. Studies are being conducted to identify key problems of erosion and where to target proper solutions that include scientific research, professional assessment and implementation of eco-friendly restoration and long-term solutions for our eroding shores.
From figure skating in the Olympics to a seat in politics: Retired ice skater Michelle Kwan will now serve as U.S. ambassador to Belize. The US Senate confirmed her for the role on September 29, after she was tapped by President Joe Biden for the gig last December. Kwan is one of the most decorated and recognizable faces in U.S. figure skating history. She won gold at the World Championships five times (1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003), a silver medal at the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics, and a bronze at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.
During its 12th annual award ceremony held on Thursday, September 29th, 2022, Oceana recognized two extraordinary Belizeans as its 2022 Ocean Heroes. They are marine conservationist, Dr. Rachel Graham and marine ecologist, Dr. Leandra Cho-Ricketts. During the virtual presentation of this year’s awards, Oceana’s Vice President Janelle Chanona, shared, “The Belizeans we’ve been honored to recognize as Ocean Heroes are testament to the fact that when the odds are against us, that is when our resilience rises. That is when we are our strongest.
On World Tourism Day, September 27, 2022, the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) honored PC 989, Rolando Tino Oh, as its Frontline Hero for the month of September. The award was bestowed on PC Oh for his outstanding work as a member of the Tourism Police Unit (TPU). PC Oh has been working with the TPU in San Ignacio for the past 18 years and dedicates himself to visiting the many tourism areas in western Belize. He conducts regular security checks at the various hotels/resorts and archaeological sites, many times working long-drawn-out hours into the night.