This is how we buy our seafood at Portofino Beach Resort. Fresh from the Sea! Chef Ernesto and fisherman Rony meet each other at our Portofino Dock to negociate. At least twice a week we buy seafood from our local fishermen, to guarantee freshness. The catch of the day will be used to make dishes like “Suppa de Pesce”, Burrito del Mar” and “Fish Fingers” from our Lunch Menu or “Lobster a la Ritz”, “Spider Crab-laced Snapper”, “Champagne Herb Snapper”, “Linguine Caribe” and “Grouper con Mariscos” from our Dinner Menu.
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World Travel Market is the second largest travel professionals’ show in the world and draws suppliers and buyers from all over the globe. Monday and Tuesday are “meridian” days strictly for accredited buyers, press, airlines and other travel related service suppliers’ . On Wednesday and Thursday travel trade and press are still present and in addition students, agents and other travel professionals are allowed into the show.
Belize had a 7m x 4 m booth, which was in the Central and South American area of the event. This was a great location and foot traffic by the booth was extensive throughout the show. In attendance were the BTB Belize accompanied by the London based tourism personnel from the Belize High Commission, Belize Vacation Partners, Hugh Parkey Adventures Group and Belize Luxury Collection. Also Anthony Hunt from the Airlift Development Committee was present for two days.
The booth was very well decorated with floor to ceiling striking images and meeting tables and chairs, a DVD showing the latest CD of Belize and on the front counter were BTB and BHA brochures, some generic material and brochures from the private sector present.
The over riding impression of the show was that Central America is enjoying some increasing interest from many markets and that Belize is currently poised to get a lot of new traffic from Europe. Many of the tour operators cited increased requests for Belize as the reason they came to the booth to meet with us.
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September is here on Ambergris Caye and knock on wood we have not seen any threat of a major storm or Hurricane. Maybe the storm guru’s are going to be right in their predictions that this year will be a low season for any major storm.
The water temp as of today is 86 degrees and the sky is sunny which makes for a great day of diving.
We have a lot of news in this issue, first of all; we have purchased our own NITROX system and rebuilt the compressor. PADI has started the Nitrox online course to make it easier for all divers to get certified and a NITROX user. (see below). Ecologic Divers is going to sponsor trips to different areas in the world. so you can join your favorite Divemaster or Instructor and dive some place new.
IDC, DATES SET FOR Nov. 13th Staff Nov. 15 for the Instructor development class.
We apreciate all who have dove with us and PLEASE tell your friends to come visit us!!!
Stephen Lee for
Ecologic DIVERS @ Portofino Beach Resort
Diving in Belize
PADI introduces Nitrox and Advanced Open Water Online courses:
You asked for it, now we have it. You can get certified as a Nitrox user at the comfort of your own home or complete all the Advanced OW book work before you come to the dive center.
The course follows the same model as the PADI Open Water Diver Course Online, divers must affiliate with a PADI Dive Center or Resort during registration and complete the knowledge development online – including a new version of the PADI Enriched Air Diver exam. Participants will also have access to an electronic version of the revised Enriched Air Diver Manual both during and after the course. Divers will use a computer to plan (or execute) enriched air dives within no stop limits, maximum depth and oxygen exposure limits established by the instructor.
Attention Attention Attention:
Ecologic DIVERS is starting to dive the Blue hole in small groups 4 to 8 people only.
We decided to introduce small group diving to this popular dive site. Like many other dive centers we leave early in the morning and go straight to the Blue hole on our 33′ SEA RAY. Some divers just don’t like large dive groups so that was our motivation for this tour. As many of you know we keep our groups to 6 or less this will be another extension of what we offer.
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