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Paying tribute to “The Garinagu” in Belize

Of the many cultures and ethnic groups that make up the identity of Belize, none is more synonymous to November than the Garinagu/Garifuna culture. An annual celebration held in Belize on November 19th, a public and bank holiday, signals their prominence and arrival to our southern shores; almost 4 centuries ago. This holiday is known as the Garifuna Settle Day in Belize. Here are a few facts focusing on this unique culture and people that share part of our identity as a country. History of the Garifuna More than four centuries ago, the British began importing slaves from Africa to work on plantations in the Caribbean. Over time, these people began intermarrying with local Carib and Arawak natives, developing a new culture called the Garifuna. After rebelling against the British, the Garifuna were pursued throughout the Caribbean. First landing on the island of Roatan (part of modern Honduras) where they adopted cassava into their diet, the Garifuna eventually arrived on the shores of Belize on November 19, 1802, establishing themselves in villages such as Barranco, Seine Bight, Dangriga, Hopkins and Punta Gorda. The unique Garifuna Culture While Garinagus are known as skilled crafters and talented painters, there biggest contribution has […]

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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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San Pedro Hosts Belize Hotel Association’s Bi-Annual AGM

On Tuesday, December 5th, the Belize Hotel Association gathered in San Pedro for their bi-annual annual general meeting. The stakeholders in the tourism industry and BHA board converged at the conference room at Mahogany Bay Village. Kevin Geban, Master of Ceremonies and honorary BHA member, kept the audience entertained, energized, and enthusiastic throughout the meeting. As is customary, BHA directors presented reports to their membership, as well as plans on activities and advancements in the industry for upcoming months. Several subjects were discussed, which included reach out towards more international traveler markets and advancements in the digital realm to strengthen the local industry and the BHA’s online presence. Ted Tejada, BHA President, expressed his excitement for growth in the organization’s global initiatives and public sector partnerships aimed at increasing the demands and standards of the industry. A marketing scope of the BHA’s plans was delivered by Trinity Castro, who emphasized the importance of tapping into Dutch, European, Canadian and South American source markets (amongst other), based on data collected between 2014-2017. Damian Solano of Idea Lab Studios provided a presentation on the web development process of the BHA’s website portal. Solano expressed that with the growing demands in the digital world, it is important for members’ online presence to be […]

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