Sport Diver Magazine
Jad Davenport, freelance journalist experience Belize
Belize City, Belize, June 15th, 2010 – Freelance photojournalist Jad Davenport is scheduled to visit Belize on an assignment for both Sport Diver and Islands Magazine.
Sport Diver Magazine is the official magazine of the PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) Diving Society and with a circulation of 346,618 it is the highest-circulation Scuba Diving magazine covering diving destinations, equipment, training, and more.
Islands Magazine (circ. 204,989) showcases islands around the world with interesting articles and beautiful photography, focusing on warm weather locations it includes tourist information, destination profiles, island activities, and lifestyle features with an emphasis on capturing the essence of the culture, location and its population.
Davenport’s visit to Belize will take him to San Pedro Ambergris Caye and Cayo Espanto for some world class diving and then to the Toledo District for some jungle adventures. His itinerary was developed by the Belize Tourism Board in collaboration with its Private Sector partners; Cayo Espanto, Cotton Tree Lodge, Ecologic Divers, Off the Wall Dive Center & Resort, Portofino Beach Resort and Tropic Air.
While visiting the south of Belize Davenport will visit Lubaantun Archaeological Site and Port Honduras Marine Reserve as well as take a tour of the Cacao Trail and Blue Creek Cave.
For more information on events taking place in Belize’s tourism industry, please contact the Marketing Department at the Belize Tourism Board at 227-2420,via email: email@example.com or visit our website www.belizetourism.org.
Written by Tacogirl, on July 2nd 2010
Today I am doing something out of the ordinary and heading to Burrell Boom with Mike. We have a meeting to attend so I booked us a tacogirl special on the 7:am Tropic Air and away we go. Nothing like a plane ride over the Caribbean Sea to start your day right.
The BHA 2010 Biannual AGM was both educational and productive. Attending the meeting gave Mike and I the opportunity to meet the board members and learn more about the BHA and their mission as well as explain the new website concept to them and answer questions. The Belize Hotel Association board is composed of a strong group of people who are results driven and very focused. The board members are all local business owners who volunteers by choice because they believe strongly in what they are doing and it shows.
Through increased yearly participation in trade shows abroad the BHA is building a strong presence for Belize within the travel industry. I thought it was great that they have included information in a few other languages within their Belize literature. This allows for people in other countries to learn more about Belize in their native tongue and shows a willingness of the BHA to cater to different markets.
The Belize Hotel Association has a very solid marketing plan and with their ongoing participation in Travel and Tourism trade shows and the numbers they are getting show clearly that their marketing plan is working. During the presentation BHA were able to show how tracking traffic on the BTB website showed increased visits from a specific location as a result of being at a trade show there.
It was very inspiring to learn more about the Belize Hotel Association’s goals and how they have been continuing to develop their relationship with the Belize Tourism Board in order to create a united vision for Belize. The two groups have been working hard together to benefit Belize and expand our country in the tourism and travel market. The BTB has been generously helping the BHA with ongoing funding and this shows that the BTB believes in what the the BHA is doing and is willing to work together and build something solid.
I have always believed there is enough pie for everyone and in listening to board members of the BHA speak it is clear that they are really working hard to put themselves out there with the goal of knowing that success for any of their members is a success for the team. They have future plans to give members training so that everyone is able to understand and read their statistics and be able to qualify that the hard work is paying off in the form of visits to websites and bookings for it’s members. The saying strength in numbers holds true here and the Belize Hotel association is proof of that.
Tacogirl’s Webiste: www.tacogirl.com
BHA’s Board of Directors:
Doug Thompson (President)
Einer Gomez (Vice President)
Ali Flota (2nd Vice President)
Robin Mc Cutcheon (Treasurer)
Mike Preston (Secretary)
Mariam Roberson (former President)
Teresa Parkey (former President)
Sandra van Noord
At the moment we have our guests Nicole and Jameson staying here with us, for their well deserved Honeymoon here at Portofino Beach Resort. Jameson is a true fishing passionate who has been a professional fisherman for many many years.
Because Jameson’s heart is into fishing, and did a lot of research regarding Belize, he did not only come to Belize for his honeymoon but also came here to attend the “El Dorado Rodeo 2010”, which was held past Saturday, May 22nd 2010, with the official weigh in and trophy ceremony at the Holiday Hotel, located in the center of San Pedro Town.
Taking the well deserved first place with ‘The Reel Deal’ with Captain Hillyboo Lara, having his son Byron reeling in the largest 22lbs. Dorado, giving him the prize for Top Junior Angler. Not only the boat got manned by the two of them, our guests Nicole and Jameson where part of the team. The second largest Dorado 19lbs. got caught by our guest Jameson, however didn’t t got recognized as the same boat and team couldn’t makefirst and second place at the same time.
Nicole and Jameson where very happy with the results and adventure they had that day. Nicole, was great as well, as she caught herself a 20 lbs barracuda, which took her about 25 minutes, and another fish caught by Jameson during this exciting event was a 4lbs. Skip Jack.
For more information please visit:
San Pedro Sun
And the great Ambergris Caye Message Board