Tourism Minister visits three cities in the United States – Love FM

Efforts to reach out to the Belizean diaspora were made by government officials through a series of town halls in three major US cities. Led by Tourism and Diaspora Relations Department Anthony Mahler, meetings were held in Houston, Texas; Chicago, Illinois; New York, New York; and Miami, Florida, between September 28 and October 3. According to the ministry, some four hundred Belizeans attended these meetings. Alongside Minister Mahler were Minister Henry Charles Usher as well as Ambassadors Lyn Young and Sandhya (san-dee-ya) Murphy. Minister of State Gilroy Usher and Ambassador Carlos Fuller also joined the Belize delegation aboard the New York. A ministry statement said the main purpose of the trip was to reach a large sample of Belizeans living in and around these cities and to exchange information and ideas that will help build the nation. The meetings at the town hall allowed for discussions between government officials and the Belizeans present. Government ministers provided updates on the current situation in Belize, with a focus on plans for economic recovery. Plans are underway for another visit soon, with a similar town hall meeting in Los Angeles, the city with one of the largest Belizean populations in the United States. It is estimated that nearly three hundred thousand Belizeans live abroad.


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