Along with the rest of Belize, The Lodge at Chaa Creek extends a warm welcome to H.E. Peter Hughes, the new British High Commissioner to Belize, who arrived to begin his duties by presenting his official credentials and making a courtesy call on Minister of National Security, Hon. John Saldivar at the National Security Headquarters in the Curl Thompson Building in Belmopan last week (September 13 2013).
This is all part of his familiarisation tour, as he’s just taken up the position after the formality of presenting his credentials to Governor General Sir Colville Young.
H.E Peter Hughes started his diplomatic career as Desk Officer in the British Defense Department, and has since served oversees in Australia, the Caribbean, Asia and Afghanistan.
Having served in Australia, H.E Hughes will now have worked alongside the largest and second largest barrier reefs in the world, and we hope he enjoys the many attractions of Belize’s World Heritage-listed natural wonder, such as the Great Blue Hole and Lighthouse Reef.
Upon his appointment to Belize, Mr Hughes was quoted as saying he hopes to build on the enduring friendship between the United Kingdom and Belize.
Here at Chaa Creek, where we hosted Prince Harry during his last visit celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee back in March 2012, we don’t think that will be too difficult. Even as we celebrate Independence from Great Britain 32 years ago this month on September 21, most Belizeans retain great affection for the old country and Royal Family, so we’re confident H.E. Hughes will be afforded a very warm welcome and enjoy his time here.
In fact, we hope to see him out here in Western Belize and have the opportunity to show him some of the natural attractions and spectacular ancient Maya archaeological sites that make this part of the world so special.
At the very least, with co-owner Mick Fleming hailing from England himself, the new High Commissioner can be assured of enjoying a decent cup of tea…