Our friends over at the Belize Tourism Board just announced that Belize’s great Blue Hole has been nominated as the “8th Wonder of the World”.
Now, we always knew that the Blue Hole is without a doubt one of the true wonders of the world. It’s stunning from the air, incredible to sail up to, amazing to snorkel and swim around, and simply mind-blowing to dive.
But now there’s a chance to let the rest of the world know. The next “eighth wonder of the world” is about to be decided by international vote, and your vote will count.
Organised by Trip Advisor’s Virtual Tourist, the 8th Wonder election is attracting attention the world over with many countries, states, municipalities, towns and organisations rushing to get their local wonders recognised internationally with the big ones.
The 7 Wonders of the World have been around a long time, since Herodotus compiled them for the Alexandria Museum. Some of those wonders, like the Colossus of Rhodes and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, are no more, and the list has been updated by various organisations.
And now we have a vote to add the 8th.
Virtual Tourist reckons they have some 1.7 million visitors to VirtualTourist.com, so winning the 8th Wonder title does carry some weight. In fact, the BTB estimates that Belize will gain an instant audience of over 2.6 million more viewers, given the publicity through Virtual Tourist, Trip Advisor, and the US TV show “Extra” which will be covering the voting. That’s a lot of positive adverting. And then there’s the prestige…
We also know from experience that the more recognised and valued something is by the world community, the better its chances of being maintained and preserved.
So here is an opportunity for all fans of Belize to cast a vote and give the Blue Hole and Belize’s Great Barrier Reef the attention they deserve.
And what’s more, you can vote each and every day up until 30 September. That’s right, one vote per day. So the chances of social media creating a ripple effect are huge. Get your friends to vote, and hopefully some of their friends will as well. Belize is a tiny country with not a lot of people, but it’s well loved, so there’s a very good chance of winning.
Other nominees are the Matterhorn in Switzerland, the City of London, Milford Sound in New Zealand, our neighbour Tikal in Guatemala and from the US alone there’s Mount Rushmore, The Everglades in Florida, Yellowstone National Park, the Empire State Building and more.
Competition is fierce, so every vote will count.
To cast your vote, visit virtualtourist.com/8thwonder every day until 30 September.
The BTB also said that they are happy to provide more information. Email [email protected], or call Toll Free: 1-800-624-0686. They report that Information is also available in the Q&A section of the BTB website: www.travelbelize.org
And keep visiting the Belize Travel Blog for more information and updates. We’ll have new articles and images of the Blue Hole and Belize’s stunning Great Barrier Reef and the largest atolls in the world. We’ll also be answering questions such as; what were the original seven wonders of the world?
- Hint –two of them were the Great Pyramid of Giza and the Statue of Zeus at Olympia