Belize Sustainable Tourism Project: The Cayo Welcome Center in San Ignacio
Since The Lodge at Chaa Creek always tries to participate and keep current with sustainable Community developments, yesterday Guest Services Manager Ben Awe and Marketing Representative Lorenzo Gonzalez attended the groundbreaking ceremony of the Cayo Welcome Center which is a part of the Cayo Destination Management Plan, a subhead of the Belize Sustainable Tourism Project (STP). The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) has initiated STP as way to grow Belize economically, environmentally and socially sustainable.
The Cayo Welcome Center in San Ignacio commences the project by the creation of a new complex building which will be used as a welcoming hub for tourist whenever the visit the Cayo District area. The Welcome Center will be valued at roughly $2.8 million and will encompass approximately 2.55 acres of public land in the downtown area adjacent to the San Ignacio Farmers’ Market.
The ceremonies started off with a reception at the San Ignacio Hotel where they announced the winning contractor RJB Construction Ltd. from Belmopan City. Among distinguished guests were industry and community leaders Minister of Tourism Hon Manuel Heredia, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Rene Montero, BTB Director Seleni Matus, BTB Chairlady Miriam Roberson, NICH President Diane Haylock, and Mayor of San Ignacio and Santa Elena John August.
Following the reception everyone gathered at the onsite location to watch the unveiling of the master plan, receive community input and hear closing remarks by some of the distinguished guests. To conclude, Masters of Ceremonies Christy Mastry reminded attendees to stay updated with the other components of the Cayo Destination Management Plan which include the San Ignacio Urban Design Strategy and various Archaeological sites investments.
The entire Belize Sustainable Tourism Project (STP) is being funded by the Government of Belize and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) through a loan of US$13.322 million.