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Launch of the Fuel Subsidy Program for Tour Operators and Tender Operators

Belize City, Belize, June 30th, 2022 The Government of Belize and the Belize Tourism Board today launched a Fuel Subsidy Program to assist Tour Operators and Tender Operators. This joint initiative is a part of ongoing efforts by the Government of Belize to provide some relief to the current fuel price increases that are affecting countries, globally. In particular, the impacts of the increases in the price of fuel on industries such as tourism are significant, especially as the sector continues on its path to recovery after the effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Participating in the five-month fuel subsidy program will be 185 tour operators and tender operators from across the country, the majority of which are micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises.

Officially launching the program was Hon. Anthony Mahler, Minister of Tourism and Diaspora Relations, who commented: 
“Tour operators are centric economic nodes that drive development and growth of tourism in any destination. It is in this regard that the government saw fit, that together with the Belize Tourism Board, it engages in a fuel subsidy program that would bring some relief for tour operators in this volatile fuel market.”

Joining Minister Mahler at the Launch Ceremony, was Mr. Evan Tillett, Director of Tourism, Belize Tourism Board, and representing the Office of the Prime Minister was Mr. Lincoln Blake, Director of Investment Policy and Compliance Unit in the Ministry of Investment, Trade & Commerce. Fifteen Tour Operators and three Tender Operators, who were the first set of participants to receive their fuel vouchers to access the subsidy, were also present. 

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Mr. Kenyon Wright
Deputy Registrar of Hotels
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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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