Making Tourism Benefit Coomunities Adjacent to Archaeological Sites

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Signing Ceremony for Health and Safety Standards

Tourists and local visitors to archaeological sites in Belize will soon benefit from the implementation  of  Health  and  Safety  Standards  at  Belize’s  archaeological  sites  under  the Making Tourism Benefit Communities Adjacent to Archaeological Sites (MTBCAAS) project.   The project is funded under the Belize Rural Development Programme (BRDP), supported by the European Union and the Government of Belize. The new Health and Safety Standards was signed into law as mandatory standards by the Minister of Trade and Industry, Investment and Consumer Protection on May 27, 2014 and gazetted on May 31, 2014.

The Making Tourism Benefit Communities Adjacent to Archaeological Sites (MTBCAAS) project is being implemented by the Belize Tourism Board and the National Institute of Culture and History. The objectives of the project are:
•    To improve economic opportunities in rural communities and contribute to the reduction of poverty;
•    To enhance the tourism experience through improvements in tourism infrastructure and services at selected sites.

The project intends to achieve three main sets of results:

  Results One: Improve the monitoring systems at archaeological sites;
  Results Two: Improve health and safety provisions and infrastructure at archaeological sites;
  Results Three: Enhance the diversification of community based tourism products and services offered at archaeological sites in Belize.

The MTBCAAS Project targets communities adjacent to the following nine archaeological sites:

Xunantunich    Nohoch Che’en (Caves’ Branch)    Nim Li Punit
Barton Creek    Altun Ha    Lubaantun
Actun Tunichil Muknal    Lamanai    Blue Creek

The new Health and Safety Standards will ensure that visitors to our archaeological sites have the most safe and enjoyable experience at these sites, so that they will  return home and speak positively about their experiences, thereby attracting more visitors and increasing the tourism dollars being spent in Belize. The development of the Health and Safety Standards for archaeological sites will also ensure that future infrastructural and maintenance measurements, as well  as  the  services  being  provided  at  archaeological  sites  are  guided  by the  highest  best practices.

The Health and Safety Standards provide the minimum requirements for health and safety at archaeological reserves, which include terrestrial and cave sites. It provides guidance to individuals and enterprises, including community-based and tourism organisations, when visiting archaeological reserves in Belize.

The Health and Safety Standards were created through the work of a Tourism Technical Committee under the auspices of the Belize Bureau of Standards (BBS) and comprised of officials from the BBS, Belize Tourism Board (BTB), National Institute of Culture and History (NICH), the Ministry of Health, non-governmental organizations and private agencies which include the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) and the Association of Cruise Ship Service Providers, respectively. The Standards  were first approved by the Belize Standards Advisory  Council  and  recommended  by  the  Council  to  the  Minister  of  Trade,  Industry, Investment  and  Consumer  Protection  for  his  declaration  as  mandatory  health  and  safety standards for archaeological sites.

The MTBCAAS Project was launched in March 2013 and is made possible with grant funding of BZ$2.75m from the European Union and the Government of Belize under the Belize Rural Development Programme (BRDP) and BZ$1.25 contribution from the Belize Tourism Board and, the National Institute of Culture and History for a total estimated cost of BZ$4 million. It is being implemented over 24 month period and scheduled to be completed in November 2014.

For more information, please contact:

Project Coordinator, Ian Morrison at 227-1781 or    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Administrative Officer, Rubiceli Bradley at 227-1781 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

56 Regent Street, 2nd Floor
Belize City
Tel: 227-1781    Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

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