The Government of Belize announced the approved list of Public and Bank Holidays for the upcoming year 2022, adding a holiday that was missing from this year’s calendar. The new entry on the list is El Día de la Raza (Day of Race/Race Day). This day, which will be celebrated on October 10 in lieu of Wednesday, October 12, celebrates the heritage, colonization, and cultural diversity of Latin America.
Monique Vernon of Placencia honored as Oceana’s 2021 National Wavemaker of the Year - On Thursday, October 28th, supporters from across the globe tuned in as Oceana hosted its 2021 Annual General Meeting on Facebook live for its dedicated members, better known as ‘Wavemakers’. During the virtual event, many Wavemakers were recognized for their sensational support for Oceana’s campaigns and initiatives over the past year.
According to her Instagram, Britney Spears is vacationing on a private island off the coast of Belize. We might all agree that she is in need of a vacation. What better place to relax and free herself from all the stress - Yes Belize! Today, Britney Spears posted on her Instagram account a picture of her boarding a helicopter at Belize's Philip Goldson International Airport. The post also includes a video showing her a bit nervous as she is lifted away to a private island.
The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF has recently provided another grant to the Government of Belize of US$43,140 to further enhance its early warning systems for extreme rainfall events. Since 2017, CCRIF has been supporting Belize to purchase and install automatic weather stations with grants totaling US$143,000. The first grant of US$100,000 in 2017, facilitated the purchase of 30 new automatic weather stations that were installed throughout the country.
The Belize Tourism Board concluded a two-day Enhanced Health and Safety Training for Tour Guides on Friday, October 8, 2021. The training sessions were held in conjunction with the San Pedro Tour Guide Association, at the San Pedro Junior College while following all COVID-19 guidelines.
Xe’il, meaning “True to our Roots” - a meaningful brand designed and developed to provide a source of economic empowerment to Mayan women and showcase the dawn of a fashion era emerging from Southern Belize.
He no longer works as a pilot for local airline Tropic Air, but this weekend, Ambergris Today discovered that San Pedro Mayor, Gualberto “Wally” Nuñez, still takes time to fly but for a very special reason. Last night, on Sunday, October 10, 2021, just before 9p.m., Mayor Wally piloted an aircraft that transported a suspected COVID-19 patient to Belize City so she could receive emergency care for her serious health conditions.
The winners of the Leader Worth Following 2021-2022 are philanthropists in being and at heart, Kelly and Mukul Kanabar of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. The announcement was made at the 6th Annual Leader Worth Following awards on October 6, 2021.
Belmopan – On September 29, Minister of Health and Wellness Michel Chebat joined U.S. Embassy Belmopan Medical Officer Sarah Kieffer and Dr. Kristy Murray, Director of the Center for Human Immunobiology at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital, on a tour of the Belize Central Laboratory to view donated genomic sequencing equipment used to detect COVID-19 variants in Belize.
During its 11th annual award ceremony held on Wednesday, September 29, 2021, Oceana recognized two extraordinary Belizeans as its 2021 Ocean Heroes. This year’s winners are marine conservationist, Kevin Andrewin and local Chef, Jennie Staines.
The Belize District continues to lead the country by the number of newly-reported COVID-19 infections with Belize City consistently being the municipality reporting the highest number of cases. While cases skyrocket in the mainland, the tourism hotspots like Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker and Placencia are reporting relatively low cases of infection.
Professional fly fishing guide, Cesar Acosta and tourists were treated with a rare sighting this week while fishing in the flats of the Bacalar Chico Natural Reserve in northern Ambergris Caye, Belize. Cesar shared his video with Ambergris Today as they got up close and personal with a jaguar that was swimming across the lagoon next to a dolphin that was following them during their fishing expedition. WOW! Wild and amazing adventures in Belize.
San Pedro Police reports indicate that 38-year-old Vanessa Hall, a Belizean domestic of the San Juan Area, arrived at the San Pedro Polyclinic on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, to see a doctor and was sitting in the waiting area when she became unresponsive. She was taken to the emergency ward where Dr. Aneiros later pronounced her dead at 7:49am.
- Press Release, Belize Tourism Board, Belize City, Belize Monday, September 13, 2021 - Since March of 2020 to date, we have heard a great deal about the plight of our dedicated frontline workers, nurses, doctors and lab technicians who have all carried the burden of Belize's COVID-19 battle. Due to the overbearing workload created by the pandemic, the health inspectors, who would normally be assigned to process food handlers licenses and carry out inspections, have had to put their expertise to task and increase the surveillance portion of their duties.
The announcement of the new development on Ambergris Caye, Belize at Cayo Rosario and Secret Beach, was made this week that boasts an ‘out of this world experience’ for its guests and residents.
The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) has offered its congratulations to the four Belizean resorts that dominated the Travel + Leisure 2021 World’s Best Awards in the Top 10 Resort Hotels in Central America category. The four Belizean resorts recognized for their top-notch service were ranked as follows: Gaia River Lodge –5th Matachica Resort & Spa - 6th Blancaneaux Lodge – 8th Copal Tree Lodge – 9th
The submersion of a 375-foot concrete ship, The Wit Concrete, donated by ASR-BSI, will become Belize’s largest wreck dive and reef enhancement project to be located at Blackbird Caye, within the Soldier Caye Conservation Zone in the Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve. The announcement was made on Monday, August 30, 2021, by the Turneffe Atoll Sustainability Association (TASA), in collaboration with Blackbird Caye Resort and Blue Finance with support from the Ministry of Blue Economy & Civil Aviation and the Ministry of Tourism & Diaspora Relations.
Belize City, Belize August 26th, 2021: As part of its strategic marketing efforts to heighten consideration and awareness for Belize, highlighting wellness tourism, the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) secured an opportunity to collaborate with the Empire State Building in celebration of National Wellness Month.
Twenty-two-year-old Kyrone Rene Vasquez, a local bodybuilder and personal trainer, has taken upon himself to assist his community in any way he can. With the establishment of the KV Foundation, this year he has managed to assist four students as they go back to school.
Latin-American Actor and director John Ortiz was spotted vacationing in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize last week. Fan photos on social media show Ortiz at the Mata Chica Resort and on a diving trip where he celebrates becoming an officially certified scuba diver. John Ortiz is known for his antagonist role as Arturo Braga in Fast & Furious (2009) and Fast & Furious 6 (2013), including rolls in Carlito’s Way, Alien vs. Predator: Requiem, American Gangster, Kong: Skull Island and Bumblebee.