Now, you may think that awards are all about earning a pretty ribbon or having a framed plaque on the wall.
But, actually, awards are a way to let the world know how you feel about a place and its people – especially if you feel they deserve recognition.
And for places trying to bounce back from a particularly challenging year, while needing to make the most of this new year, such recognition is invaluable.
There’s no doubt that we’ve all done it tough this year. But give a thought for those unsung heroes in Belize’s tourism and hospitality sector, who for years – through their hard work, professionalism, and natural warm friendliness – created an industry that has dramatically raised the standard of living throughout Belize. Tourism helped improve schools, funded hospitals and village medical clinics, contributed to the health of Belize’s environment and society while putting food on the table for thousands of families.
Belize’s world-famous brand of Eco-tourism has also raised global awareness about the value of sustainable tourism and responsible travel. Locally, this awareness resulted in the banning of oil exploration and drilling near Belize’s great barrier reef, outlawed destructive commercial fishing trawling, helped halt logging in ancient forests, reduced the trade in ancient Maya artifacts, and much, much more.
And consider programs like Chaa Creek’s Pack-a-Pound, an initiative that’s seen visitors contribute books, school supplies and learning resources to hundreds of needy school children from rural villages.
The list goes on, but we think you get the point:
Tourism is a big deal.
And that’s true now more than ever, as this unexpected global pandemic put people out of work and stressed economies around the world.
Travel+Leisure is a popular print and online publication, with its website alone attracting over 5 million visitors a month. People use its informative, credible and entertaining travel news to help them make travel decisions. So a vote of confidence on T+L can, and does make a difference.
Whether you’re a local Belizean or living overseas, if you feel that Chaa Creek and Belize tourism are worthy of support, all we ask is that you take the time to vote.
You can easily do it here: https://wba.m-rr.com/home
Oh, by the way… when you vote, you’ll automatically be entered into a T+L giveaway that includes a “dream trip” for two worth US $10,000. There are also five additional prizes of $1,000 cash.
Yes, the stakes are higher than ever this year – both in rewards and the effect your vote will have. So, we’ll thank you in advance, and while encouraging you to vote with your heart, to also remember that.
Your Vote Counts!