Screen_Shot_2013-12-19_at_6.12.41_PMThe Orange Walk chapter of the Belize Tourism industry Association (BTIA) held its annual general meeting on Wednesday December 11th and a new board of directors was elected. And while it has been a good year for the OW chapter, Tourism information Officer, Jasmine Zetina Banos spoke on the organizations outlook for 2014 and beyond.

 

Jasmine Zetina Banos – Tourism Information Officer, OW BTIA


“Well, the yearly accomplishments that we had this year were the publication of our main newspaper which is “La Ducle Vista”, we also had our 2013 Rum-Fest as well as we had our first membership drive for this year, resulting from the membership drive we increase our members from eleven members to eighteen members, we are hoping that in 2014 as well we be able to increase that membership hopefully closer to the thirties, we decided mostly on the members of the association to continue with the activities and the bigger the numbers the better in terms of voice and advocacy and giving awareness especially in national issues in our country, apart from the increase in membership we also want to bring awareness within the community, BTIA Orange Walk wants to be more visible and people getting to know that we do exist and we are here in Orange Walk.  Apart from that we are also focusing on fund raisings, we want to ensure that the centre has, we have our operation in our centre continuing being active in the community and trying to keep the tourism information open, the centre is not only here for international tourism but also local Belizeans, local tourist, we need information that has to do with local tourism or any destination within the country, so we need to start fundraising activities and we are hoping that next year we are able to a cultural festival.”


Newly elected Chairperson of the OW Chapter is Yvette Torres, Vice-Chairperson is Vlademir Rodriguez, Secretary is Nelly Briceno and Treasurer Maria Del Carmen De La Fuente. Zetina says the organization is committed at providing the public with the resources and connections that will help you meet current tourism challenges. Their email is btia This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or at number 651-4860

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