First the P.R. fluff from an ecstatic Belize Tourism Board:
“We’re always ecstatic to see Belize highlighted in respected publications such as Recommend. We want the world to realize all that our country has to offer and consequently, make Belize a part of their future travels. This magazine in particular, keeps travel agents informed about what’s new and exciting and we’re really pleased to be featured” commented the Director of Marketing and Industry Relations, Alyssa Carnegie.
“The August issue guides readers through Central and South America. The article on Belize speaks about Prince Harry’s visit in March, 2012, and also lists activities he should experience upon his return. It mentions the street fair that was held in his honor, in Belmopan, and his climb of Xunantunich. Some must do’s outlined for his future trip were diving with whale sharks, exploring the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, as well as horseback riding and mountain biking through Mountain Pine Ridge. A section was designated to “What’s New in Belize,” which mentioned the opening of El Secreto boutique on Ambergris Caye and provides information on its amenities. It also speaks on the Maya 2012 celebrations. Finally, it enlightens the public about the name change of the Machaca Hill Lodge in Toledo which is now named Belcampo Belize.
“The website for Recommend also features an article further detailing how visitors can participate in the Maya “Countdown” taking place in Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico.”
The Recommend Magazine website really has a small blurb about Belize on one page shared with other countries. The magazine is a trade publication for travel agents and makes for good reading to get insider views on what is selling in the tourism industry. About Belize it basically says Belize is wild about Harry – old news since Harry was here several months ago and has since moved on. The wild pool party in Las Vegas perhaps sidelining his intended return to Belize to swim with the whale sharks. Here is the Recommend story on Belize, shorter than the breathless announcement from the BTB above:
“Belize is wild about Harry, that is, Prince Harry of Great Britain who came calling at the Commonwealth country last March, and got right into the spirit of the islands. The Prince’s opening gig was a street fair festival in the capital city of Belmopan that showcased the sights, sounds and tastes of the Creole, Garifuna and Mestizo cultures. The prince enjoyed locally produced Belikin beer, conch fritters and dulce de papaya, a typical dessert. He also traveled to Xunantunich, a complex of Mayan pyramids. But Prince Harry will have to return to go diving (April through June with whale sharks) off Ambergris Caye along the second longest barrier reef in the world; to explore wildlife-rich Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, the world’s first preserve established to protect the jaguar; and to go horseback riding and mountain biking in the pine-forested highlands of Mountain Pine Ridge.”