Tourism is slowly making a comeback, says Caye Caulker village president – Love FM

Staying in business in Caye Caulker, we can tell you that tourism is slowly rebounding. With the relaxation of COVID-19 regulations and the emergence of the Easter season, the island expects a fruitful outcome as resorts and hotels are quickly booked by locals and foreigners alike. Love News spoke with Caye Caulker Village Council President Seleny Villanueva Pott, who shared how the community is handling the situation.

Seleny Villanueva Pott, President of Caye Caulker Village Council: Many resorts and hotels have reopened, so there’s a normal need for staff since those hotels and resorts have reopened, but we’ve also seen an additional need for additional staff because it’s busier than, you know, because it’s is normally our high season. Given that there is a drop in COVID cases across the world. We have seen an increase in visitors so that is a plus. More people are able to work. I believe Caye Caulker is a community where we are used to being independent, earning our own money and it feels good that there is work and we can have the economic activity that we are used to.

Villanueva Pott explained how the village was initially affected by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. She also said the Caye Caulker village council, as well as residents, were eager to get the island’s economy back to where it was before the pandemic.

Seleny Villanueva Pott, President of Caye Caulker Village Council: “Well, in a way, we are excited about the economic activities we see on the island. Two years ago, around this time, everyone was in panic mode. Not everyone was sure what or where we were going. Times were uncertain and times are still uncertain, but at that time, before the lockdown, people, you know, different business owners turned off their lights, took on water. The front streets were literally dark because people were trying to save money and we weren’t sure what was going to happen next. Fast forward to two years now in COVID where there are now different phases of vaccines, the borders are open. We are delighted to have visitors. When we saw our first visitors, our first tourists, we were so excited to see them because as a tourism industry we now rely heavily on them, so we really felt the impact of that, the losses of not earning money, of not being able to provide jobs. »

According to Caye Caulker Village Council, at the height of the pandemic, investments were still being made on the island. However, they hope the island will see an increase

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