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Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC) (http://www.ecotourismconference.org) Presentation by Gale Ozaeta, Belize Tourism Board, presented September 2011. Session: 1.2 Cruise Tourism and Multi-Stakeholder Approaches to Sustainability Challenges Organized by The International Ecotourism Society (http://www.ecotourism.org), the ESTC is a unique tourism industry annual conference providing practical solutions to advance sustainability goals for the tourism industry.

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  • 1. This presentation was presented at the Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference 2011 (ESTC 2011), held in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, USA, from September 19th-21st. Organized by The International Ecotourism Society (TIES), the ESTC is a unique annual conference providing practical solutions to advance sustainability goals for the tourism industry.
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2. Belizes Strategy to Addressing Challenges and Promoting Sustainability
Presented by the
Belize Tourism Board
September 20th, 2011
3. How Cruise Tourism Evolved in Belize
First recorded cruise ship to visit Belize was in 1991with 90 passengers
As a result of $20 head tax being charged per cruise passenger, there was a sharp decline in the arrival numbers in the mid 90s
In 1998, the Government of Belize signed its first contract with Premier Cruise Lines after dropping the head tax to $5 per person
Norwegian Cruise Line sailed to Belize in 1998 and Carnival Cruise Lines sailed to Belize in the year 2000
4. Overview of Cruise Tourism Development
Cruise Ship Arrivals to Belize 2000 2010
5. Challenges Faced with Cruise Tourism Development
Location of current cruise port
Number of qualified tour guides
Quality of products and services
Small local operators not being able to compete
Safety & Security
New Cruise Port Development
6. Working to Address Sustainability Challenges
Zoning for visitor use
Visitor site planning and design
Sustainable infrastructure design
Capacity Building with tour operators
Developing Quality Assurance standards
Policy Development
7. References:www.sustainabletourismbz.org, www.belizetourism.orgwww.travelbelize.orgThank YouQuestions?