Contact: Mike Hernandez
Communication and PR Officer
PHONE: 501-227-2420 FAX: 501-227-2423 TOLL FREE: 1-800-624-0686
ADDRESS: P.O. Box 325, #64 Regent Street, Belize City, Belize

Belize City, Belize, Friday November 19, 2021:  Belize welcomed today Alaska Airline’s first non stop flights from Los Angeles and Seattle Washington With a wintertime seasonal Seattle service and year round flights from Los Angeles, travellers are now offered the ease and convenience of a direct connection to Belize’s blend of culture, adventure and leisure.

To mark this occasion, inaugural ceremonies were held at Seattle Washington Santa Monica and at Belize’s PGIA. Passengers were treated to a Delight Flight Activation at the Seattle Gate in Santa Monica with cultural entertainment, as Alaksa Airlines and Belize engaged in a ribbon cutting ceremony, symbolic of the official start of new routes and relations and an anticpated influx of travellers. The Seattle Activation also included interviews with the Seattle media, prize and ticket giveaways, live entertainment by our very own Garifuna drummers, custom announcements and music while inflight to Belize. The arrival of the flight in Belize was greeted by the beats of  Garifuna drumming as the nation celebrates National Garifuna Day and concluded with a short official ceremony at the PGIA.

Alaska Airlines and its regional partners serves more than 120 destinations globally delivering low fares, award-winning customer service and sustainability efforts. The airline emphasises its Next Care Level for travelers from clean planes to clean air in the cabin with hospital-grade air filtration systems. To also commemorate this occasssion, Alaska Airlines hosted a Belize themed event at the promenade in Santa Monica earlier today. This event featured chalk artists drawing large iconic images of Belize on the streets, gifts and ticket giveaways, Belize and Alaska Airlines branding, media and influencer attendees, and of course live entertainment and music from local Belize musicians.

We’re celebrating our first flights from Seattle and Los Angeles to the amazing destination of Belize today,” said Brett Catlin, vice president of network and alliances at Alaska Airlines at today’s ceremony . “Belize appeals to the adventurous spirit of many of our guests. The beautiful country offers countless possibilities, whether it’s along the water, on an island, in the middle of the jungle or in the shadow of ancient ruins. It’s one of those places you can’t wait to visit.”

In his opening remarks at the PGIA ceremony Minister Mahler noted, “Today, we mark another step forward in achieving that goal, as air connectivity is the life-line of our tourism industry.  Important air connections like this one from Alaska Airlines combined with the current service offered by the other airlines, is a good indication of an exceedingly successful tourism season in the coming months.”

To amplify marketing efforts, Belize Tourism Board and Alaska Airlines collaborated with Converge Media, a leading producer of culturally relevant content in Seattle and across the Pacific Northwest. A group of 14 influencers arrived on the inaugural flight for an 8 night stay to enjoy and feature the Garifuna food and culture and activities in Dangriga, Hopkins and Placencia. They will also visit the Belikin brewery and a Liquors Distillery in Belize City.  In addition, media representatives from Teen Vogue, POPSUGAR, Huffington Post, InStyle Los Angeles Times and Washington Post also arrived in country to an itinerary packed with Belize adventures and culture.  These marketing efforts provide exposure for the destination as it highlights Belize’s unbeatable treasures and confirms Belize’s credibility to potential travelers. 

Tickets can be purchased at for flights twice per week for Seattle and four times per week for Los Angeles. 
About Belize Tourism Board
The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) is a statutory body within the Belize Ministry of Tourism and Diaspora Relations, and it is governed by a Board of Directors appointed by the Minister of Tourism and Diaspora Relations. The BTB works in conjunction with members of the private sector – including the Belize Hotel Association, Belize Tourism Industry Association and Belize National Tour Operators Association – and is dedicated to building tourism in the most economically and environmentally sustainable manner. As a part of its responsibilities, the BTB promotes Belize as a premier tourism destination to both in-country and international consumers. Among its outreach to the international travel market, the BTB markets the country’s unique attractions to travelers, members of the travel trade industry and media outlets in key markets. The BTB is also dedicated to developing and implementing tourism programs that will help strengthen and grow the Belizean tourism industry; promote good destination stewardship; and instill high quality standards for accommodations and travel experiences. For more information on the BTB and its services, visit
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