Is cruise tourism heading south? – Love FM
FECTAB president David Almendarez said the government was looking to develop cruise tourism in the south. This, he says, is concerning because it would mean Belize City will lose business.
David Almendarez, President, FECTAB: “I hear by this Friday, this Friday it will be passed into law for them to start exploring the possibility of expanding the cruise port in the south. I don’t know if I’m wrong, but I believe the learned Minister of Tourism represents the people of Pickstock. Am I right or wrong? It’s from Pickstock, right? Pickstock is a location in Belize City? I don’t know if the people of Belize City are aware or if Mayor Bernard is aware that every time a cruise ship comes there you get paid US$1 per person whether that person gets off or not of the ship or does not come down. the boat is how the city council makes money. I don’t know if the learned Minister of Tourism knows that people from Pickstock work at the tourist village. I don’t know if Cordel Hyde knows that people from Mahogany Street work in this tourist village. I don’t know if Shyne Barrow who brought Buju Banton knows that people from Amara Avenue and Euphrates Avenue work in a tourist village. I don’t know if the people of Belize City have their eyes open and know what’s gotten you. I’m not the smartest of the bunch, but that tells me that once this law passes, if a cruise ship that’s coming to Belize City right now doesn’t want to come here, they can go to Harvest Caye.