Tourism in Belize

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This is Paradise

Sea tides undulate

Salt saturates wide valleys

Fish leap helplessly

Seagulls laugh at moment’s spare

Desert sand surrounds

Lonely land mass residing

Brim with tourism

Festivals ignite the flame

Native culture dance

Parties prosper all around

Sun enlightens all

Skin tans from ash to brown dust

Reggae music blasts

Life turns to relaxation

This is paradise

-By, Michael Mitchell

Tourism in Belize has grown considerably recently, and it is now the second largest industry in the nation.  One of the first indications that Belize would be a good stage for tourism came in the 1950s when expatriates and locals were taking foreign visitors inland to hunt jaguars or to fish on the barrier reef. In 1984, a new ministry was created and tourism became a ministerial responsibility in government. This saw increasing investments in the industry. Investors in this sector were represented by the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) which was formed in 1985. In 2013 the four most popular tourist destinations in the country are San Pedro, Placencia, San Ignacio and Belize City. Activities offered to tourists include, snorkeling and scuba diving at offshore locations. Inland, treks into the forests, cave tubing and visits to Maya sites are the most popular tours

Author – Rubi Leiva

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