Belize Joins Virtuoso® Network as Preferred Destination
Partnership will Help Reveal “Mother Nature’s Best Kept Secret” to Virtuoso’s Cache of Experiential Travelers
BELIZE CITY (September 7, 2011) – The Belize Tourism Board today announces a partnership with Virtuoso® - the leading network of travel advisors offering a “Return on Life” through meaningful travel experiences – to become a Preferred Destination. The alliance with Virtuoso will provide Belize with access to over 300 travel agencies employing more than 6,000 travel specialists in 22 countries, ranging from North and South America to the Caribbean, Australia and New Zealand.
Virtuoso’s relationships provide the network’s clientele with some of the most rewarding, educational and robust cultural exchanges in the world. As a Preferred Destination, Belize now has access to this highly valuable cache of travelers with a keen interest in intercultural experiences. Belize’s unrivaled tourism offerings – like mystical Mayan archeological sites, world-class diving and snorkeling at the world’s 2nd largest barrier reef and incredibly diverse wildlife – are a natural fit for an audience motivated by collecting life experiences through travel.
“Our partnership with Virtuoso will provide Belize with unprecedented access to an extremely valuable audience of travelers who possess a ‘depth of purpose’ in their travel – those who want more than just your typical beach vacation. In fact, Virtuoso members have already started booking Belize,” said Mariam Roberson, Chairlady, Belize Tourism Board. “We are very proud of this recognition, which speaks volumes about Belize and its tourism industry, and we look forward to reaching even more experience-driven travelers via the Virtuoso Network.”
According to the Virtuoso Travel Dreams survey, which garnered over 14,000 responses in spring 2011, archeological exploration and historical pilgrimage are the number two and three “Most Desired Enriching Experiences” for its clientele. With 62% of these travelers reporting that they plan to take three-plus vacations this year, Belize is in position to capitalize on a burgeoning audience whose travel interests lie in culture, history and sustainability – all a natural fit for the country.
Belize, a natural gateway to unparalleled travel experiences, is an alluring prospect for adventure seekers, cultural enthusiasts and eco-tourists alike. With 40% of the country under some sort of protection, and 66% still forested, Belize is one of the world’s last unspoiled places. This makes it an attractive option for tourists looking for select experiences that take them off the beaten path.
About the Belize Tourism Board
The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) is a statutory body within the Belize Ministry of Tourism, and it is governed by a Board of Directors appointed by the Minister of Tourism. The BTB works in conjunction with members of the private sector - including the Belize Hotel Association, Belize Tourism Industry Association and Belize National Tour Operators Association – and is dedicated to building tourism in the most economically and environmentally sustainable manner. As a part of its responsibilities, the BTB promotes Belize as a premier tourism destination to both in-country and international consumers. Among its outreach to the international travel market, the BTB markets the country’s unique attractions to travellers, members of the travel trade industry and media outlets in key markets.
The BTB is also dedicated to developing and implementing tourism programs that will help strengthen and grow the Belizean tourism industry; promote good destination stewardship; and instill high quality standards for accommodations and travel experiences. For more information on the BTB and its services, visit www.belizetraveltrade.org.