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Belize celebrates 25th anniversary of the establishment of Hol Chan Marine Park

Belize’s “Celebration Season” got off to an early start this year with the 25th anniversary of the establishment of Hol Chan, the Caribbean nation’s first national marine park, The Lodge at Chaa Creek’s marketing administrator Larry Waight announced today.

“We usually begin what we call our celebration season in September, a big month in which we celebrate the Battle of St George’s Caye, Belize Independence Day and, closer to home, the birthday of Belize’s first eco-resort, Chaa Creek,” Mr. Waight said

Shark Alley at Hol Chan reserve, Ambergris Caye,Belize


“But this year the celebrations started a bit earlier with so many people joining in observing Hol Chan Marine Reserve rounding the quarter of a century mark, and, with the Maya 2012 celebrations creating more of a buzz as we near the December 21st Winter Solstice, it looks like the momentum is going to continue into the new year. You can already feel the festival spirit,” he added.

Hol Chan, Maya for “little channel” located near Ambergris Caye on the World heritage-listed Belize Great Barrier Reef, is one of Belize’s most popular Caribbean attractions. Officially recognised in July 1987 and extended to incorporate Shark Ray Alley on August 31, 1999, it has since served as a model for marine conservation in the region.

Belize Tourism Setting New Records

From: Belize in the News: Belize Tourism Report.

Belize continues to ride the wave of the record-breaking overnight tourist arrivals that awed the Belize Tourism Industry in 2011. Last year’s success spawned an outstanding momentum that has resulted in an impressive 7.4% spike over 2011’s figures for the first five months: January to May, which all points to yet another jaw-dropper for the Jewel.



In all, Belize’s tourism industry is showing positive signs of setting new records again at the end of 2012. Globally, the destination is on par with predictions recently released from the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).  According to UNWTO’s World Tourism Barometer, the first two months of 2012 international tourist arrivals grew by an estimated 5.7% compared to the same period in 2011.  UNTO is predicting that international tourist arrivals will increase by 3% to 4% in 2012 which means that for the first time global international tourist arrivals could reach the one billion mark

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