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Meet our Accountant, Assir – The finance guy!

Assir Tzul, an Orange Walk Town native who relocated to San Pedro twenty-one years ago, has been Banyan Bay’s financial service veteran for over eighteen years and counting. Tzul, who started his tenure with the company as book keeper, propelled his status to become the company’s current senior accountant. With responsibility to oversee the Company’s hotel accounting and procurement; Tzul is highly skilled in internal audit and leads a team of financial professionals who handle all of the resort’s financial needs, including financial reporting, assessment billings and collections, and complete accounting services. In this August feature, we are excited to have him at the helm of all things financial and we thought you ought to know him a little better… 1. In your view, how has Banyan Bay evolved over the years? (then and now comparison) Answer: One of the biggest evolution has been the change that the social media and internet now play in almost every aspect of the travel industry.  The room pricing structure from what was the normal travel agent type based commission, to now more modern and innovative way of pricing rooms to increase occupancy. 2. What motivates you on a daily basis? Answer: To know […]

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Meet our Security Chief – Aldo Melendez

Many guests who stay with us, tell us the special thing about Banyan Bay Suites that makes a real difference to the enjoyment of their stay, is the people. We agree. We’ve always believed that if we want to create lasting memories for our guests then our staff must be engaging, friendly and full of interesting information. From the moment you arrive, they make you feel comfortable, entertained, and cared for. You can train on technical skills but you can’t beat people who have a passion for their field. Today, we are delighted to feature one such passionate personality, Aldo Melendez, Head of Security, as part of our “meet the team” series. Like many of our staff members, Aldo has been with us for over 13 years; alternating from supervisor to head of security comprising of a 10 man team. They are the security team and keep an eye on you (our guest) and our properties on a strict 24 hour schedule. At his core, Aldo is a man who believes in hard work and loyalty to his family, resort guests and employers. As security leader, he keeps constant vigilance of activity on and around the resort property and reports, […]

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The International Costa Maya Festival is set to draw in big crowds! #DealAlert

Already one of Ambergris Caye’s more anticipated annual events, the International Costa Maya Festival promises to go bigger than ever this summer in Belize. Set for August 2nd through to August 5th, this multicultural event highlights beauty, diverse backgrounds, culture, music, and food in a whole-some three-day celebration. So, if you are planning a visit to Belize in August, plan accordingly and catch this much anticipated event. Here are a few quick facts to brush up on your Costa Maya history; The Costa Maya International Festival actually had its origin as The San Pedro International Sea and Air Festival. This year will be the 27th edition since its inception in 1991 The festival was the brainchild of a few San Pedranos along with members of the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce, particularly Bruce and Victoria Collins. All eight Mundo Maya countries including; Belize, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama participate. Beauty Delegates from Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Panama will all be vying for the coveted title of Miss Costa Maya International on Friday, August 3rd. The current title holder for the crown is Belize’s very own Michelle Estrella Nuñez Master of ceremonies […]

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COPA Airlines & Tropic Air commit to partnership for greater flyer access!

  Banyan Bay Suites, Ambergris Caye: Latin American countries will now have greater access for flights transiting from Panama to Belize thanks to a commercial interline agreement that was signed today between Copa Airlines and Tropic Air in Belize. At a Press Conference held at Sunbreeze Suites on Friday Morning, officials of both airline companies expressed their commitment to this partnership. Christophe Didier, Vice President of Global Sales for Copa Airlines stated, “We are excited to provide greater connectivity to our customers from 75 cities in the Americas offering the best regional on-time performance and service standards to all our customers.” This agreement, with immediate effect, will allow travelers to purchase their connecting flights in one ticket and receive boarding passes for all stops, at their first check-in. “We enthusiastically welcome airline connectivity from Panama into the traveling Belize market,” said Marketing officials at Banyan Bay Suites, a premier resort on Ambergris Caye. In September 2017, Tropic was admitted as a member of the Latin American Airlines Association (ALTA), after meeting its professional standards requirements. Copa Airlines offers passengers access to 64 destinations throughout the Americas and the Caribbean through its Hub of the Americas, Latin America´s premier hub, increasing […]

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Franco – Honoring over 20 Years of Devoted Service

It is no secret that the real reason behind Banyan Bay Suites’ continuous success and growing popularity lies solely with its dedicated staff members. And as the premier beach resort celebrates its second decade serving the Belizean hospitality industry and its island’s visitors, honor is being bestowed upon Reservations Manager, Alirio Franco who has been working at the resort since its inception in 1997. Franco who hails from Valley of Peace in Belmopan moved to the island over two decades ago in search for employment and stability. His first gig at The Villas at Banyan Bay, as formerly known, was cleaning windows, but his perseverance and unwavering dedication quickly catapulted him to the Front Desk department. Soon after, Franco held a desk in reservations, where he remains today as Manager in that department. Franco’s enthusiasm and passion can be seen and felt year round, as he makes Banyan Bay Suites a home away from home for the guests by providing ultimate, unforgettable vacation experiences. Franco’s personal traits, interpersonal skills, attitude, commitment and work performance are key reasons why repeat visitors and first time guests book their vacations with our resort every year. When asked what fuels and motivates him at […]

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‘Lobsta fi dayz’ – Festivals not miss in 2018!

Three of the most popular gastronomical summer events in Belize kicks off when the official lobster season opens in June – the San Pedro, Caye Caulker and Placencia Lobsterfests!  Organizers claim there will be big lobster and even bigger fun so save the dates for a triple dose of ‘lobsta fi dayz”; June 15 to 23rd (San Pedro, Ambergris Caye); June 22nd to 24th (Placencia) and culminates on June 29th to July 1st in Caye Caulker. There is so much lobster available during these events that prices for this treat are at their lowest. What to expect? – Lively entertainment, tons of yummy Lobster and a bevy of tasty libations! Each festival is unique but will have the same concept; there will be plenty of outdoor food booths that will be offering the lobster in every way imaginable, from lobster on the grill, to lobster thermidor, to lobster ceviche, kebabs, Lobster ice cream and even lobster chowder, just to name a few. What NOT to miss? At the San Pedro Lobsterfest, be sure to look out for the Ambergris Caye Rotary Club’s fundraiser called “Chairs for Charity”. As its name implies, festival goers wanting to skip the long lines during […]

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Minny – Restaurant Supervisor/Lead Server

Ten years ago, Minelia started her hospitality career as a pool server for Rico’s Bar and Grill at the Villas at Banyan Bay. A decade later, ‘Minny’ as affectionately known by her peers and patrons, is one of our longest serving member of staff and very much a popular personality in the hospitality industry. Today, Minny holds the position of Restaurant Supervisor, overseeing all the operations of the restaurant and acts as a guide and mentor to her team. We sat down with this passionate soul and learned a bit more on what makes her tick; here are her answers so you can get to know her better. Q: How many years have you been a part of this team? A: “I started as a pool and beach server in September 2008 and since then I have worked my way up the culinary ladder from server, to assistant supervisor to now Supervisor of an 11 member team.” Q: How do you keep motivated daily? A: “When you love what you do, you enjoy every day of it. I really have a passion for this field and while it can be challenging at times, it is also a very rewarding career.” […]

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Few days left! Southwest Airlines 2018 summer deals are “un-BELIZEable!

If you plan on scratching off “Belize” from your travel bucket list in 2018, most indications point that summer is a good a time to visit as any. And, with one-way airfares as low as $70US dollars with SouthWest Airlines as a limited offer, you simply can’t pass up on this deal; here’s why! For travel hounds with that Caribbean itch, a release from the Airline stated, “Fort Lauderdale-based travelers, for example, can fly to Costa Rica for $129, to Turks and Caicos for $59, and to Belize for only $59. To take advantage of the sale, head directly to Southwest’s promotions page, and search for results from your departure city.” Of note is that Southwest flights also connect to and from cities in the eastern half of the United States such as Baltimore, New York, Atlanta, Orlando, Tampa, Denver Colorado and Washington DC. What to expect? Summer time in Belize means ample sunny days, soothing Caribbean breezes, unmatched diving and fishing expeditions and the perfect shady spot to take in the sights and sounds of Belize’s charm. Where to go? Of the many beautiful locales, attractions, and historic sites that Belize boasts, Ambergris Caye is considered the tourist mecca and premier […]

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International Women’s Day 2018 – Honoring Our Women Employees

Belize joins many countries around the world in observing today, March 8, as International Women’s Day – a day inscribed in history to commemorate women’s rights. Adopted by the United Nations in 1975, each year sees a celebration of the amazing social, cultural, economic and political achievements of women. The theme for International Women’s Day 2018 is ‘Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives’. Our resorts’ housekeeping team primarily comprises of women employees, so, what better way to shine light on these hardworking individuals than making today all about them. A day in the life of House Keepers! Most would agree that working in the hospitality industry requires a fervent passion for the roles they play. And oftentimes, the people that make up your hotel beds, pick up after you, clean your toilets, tidy up your rooms and ensure a clean overall appearance are the ones that provide comfort and relative ease to visiting guests. Our housekeeping team form an integral part in the running of the day to day operations. The resort understands that the work they do is physically demanding and therefore appreciation is shown at every level. Did you know that Housekeepers clean an average […]

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‘El Gran Carnaval’ de San Pedro – An Island Tradition

February might be known as the month for romance, but travelers to Ambergris Caye will quickly find that El Gran Carnaval de San Pedro takes precedence over any other event on the island (even the lovey-mushy stuff). This year, the long-standing island tradition will kick off from February 10th through the 14th and is usually celebrated to signal the start of the Lenten season (Lent). When it comes to an island with huge personality and character, Ambergris Caye is among the top ten islands in the world. Can you picture men in drag dancing in the streets? How about fully-donned groups performing skits for carnival goers? Or do you fancy a good old paint war? These are all the elements that make up El Gran Carnaval, making February an ideal time to travel to Belize! What is El Gran Carnaval? This traditional festival derives from the Mestizo culture over a hundred and fifty years ago, brought down from Northern Belize. The carnival is centered on a character named Juan Carnaval. History depicts that Juan was a rich man who loved to party and was known for breaking hearts of women he came across, with whom he had several children. History also suggests that […]

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A Belize Wedding
International Women’s Day 2018 – Honoring Our Women Employees
Banyan Bay Donates to First Children’s Home on Ambergris Caye