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The Belize Hotel Association attended two travel shows in January – the Toronto Travel Show, and the Vakantiebeurs show in Holland.

Posted on 04 Mar, 2010 in the Belize News|For our Travel Trade Partners! Category. No comments

The Dutch show is one of Europe’s major travel shows, attracting around 20,000 visitors on each of the five days. Nick Davies, Chairman of BHA’s Marketing Committee, explained that BHA’s ongoing work in Europe, and particularly Holland, had raised awareness of Belize to a level where they could now afford to target people more effectively.

“We took a booth this year in the long-haul destination area of the show, close to the Nicaragua and Panama booths, creating a “Central America” section which allowed us to concentrate on quality enquiries, and generating strong sales prospects for BHA’s Global Marketing Initiative participants.”

BHA representative, Sandra van Noord, also took the opportunity to attend a TUI party in Amsterdam. She said,

“TUI is Europe’s leading travel group, operating in 180 countries worldwide and with 30 million customers. We’ve met with them several times at various travel events, and their interest in Belize is steadily growing to the point where they are now ready to visit Belize with a view to expanding their range of holidays. This is a particularly exciting development for us, with the prospect of accessing the huge potential the European market offers.”

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In Canada, Robin McCutcheon and Steve Christensen represented the BHA in Toronto at the Toronto Ultimate Travel Show, and enticed visitors to the booth with maps, bookmarks, and the wonderful “Hot Mama’s fudge” give-aways.

Robin commented
“Belize had a great presence at the show, and we benefitted from a prime location opposite a huge tank with non-stop diving exhibitions from a dive club which is visiting Belize in March.

We find that many Canadians still associate Belize with diving, so this was a great opportunity to educate them in the diverse range of inland activities, and our banners featuring Maya sites and fishing really helped reinforce the message that Belize offers something for everyone.”

BHA’s representatives distributed over 1100 brochures at the two shows to high quality ‘prospects’, and generated 50 sales leads for GMI members. This brings the total brochures distributed to over 4000 and over 500 travel trade sales leads for participants since the start of the Global Marketing Initiative in November 2009.

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A large “caboom” in the sky over Portofino Beach Resort!

Posted on 22 Feb, 2010 in the Belize News Category. No comments

Space Shuttle Endeavour

Last night, our staff and guests here at Portofino Beach Resort experienced something very unusual! We saw a large “ball of fire” in the Belizean sky and hear a very loud sonic “boom”….
We didn’t know what happened. 3 minutes after, we saw on CNN that  space shuttle Endeavour and its six astronauts were returning back to Earth and going to land at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, ending a two weeks successful mission.
During the two-week, 5.7 million-mile journey, commander George Zamka and his crew delivered and installed a new space station room “Tranquility” and a big bay window with commanding views of Earth.
It was a quite spectacular experience… and something to share with you!

Space-Shuttle-Landing

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Portofino HONORED AS BEST Romance Destination

Posted on 20 Jan, 2010 in the Portofino News Category. 1 Comment

Portofino Beach Resort, Belize HONORED AS BEST Romance Destination IN THE
2010 TRIPADVISOR TRAVELERS’ CHOICE AWARDS

San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, BELIZE, January 20th 2010 Portofino Beach Resort was chosen as a Best Romance Hotel by TripAdvisor® in its 2010 Travelers’ Choice® awards. Now in its eighth year, the annual TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards honor the world’s best hotels, earning their distinction from those who know them best – real travelers.

Unlike any other hotel awards programs in the world, TripAdvisor® Travelers’ Choice® winners are based on the millions of real and unbiased reviews and opinions about hotels on tripadvisor.com™ and content from across the web.

“Inspired by the millions of trusted traveler reviews and opinions on TripAdvisor.com, the Travelers’ Choice awards have once again highlighted the finest hotels in the world,” said Christine Petersen, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “From remarkable bargains to the trendiest hotels, travelers worldwide are recognizing more than 700 hotels for their outstanding service, value and quality.”

For reviews on Portofino Beach Resort, go to

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g291962-d308879-Reviews-Portofino-San_Pedro_Ambergris_Caye_Belize_Cayes.html

For the complete 2010 Travelers’ Choice list, go to www.tripadvisor.com/travelerschoice.

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*Source: comScore Media Metrix, July 2009

Contacts:
Amelie Hurst
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Alexandra Botti
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Jan and Sandra van Noord
Portofino Beach Resort
6 Miles North of San Pedro
P.O. Box 36
San Pedro, Ambergris Caye
BELIZE (Central America)
Email: info@portofinobelize.com
Website: www.portofinobelize.com
www.portofino.bz

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1 | Erik said on January 21st, 2010 at 1:34 pm

Hey Sandra and Jan

CONGRATULATIONS to this great success…well deserved!

Let´s have a drink and celebrate together soon :-)

Regards
Erik


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