Screen_Shot_2014-03-06_at_8.19.25_PMThe La Inmaculada Credit Union Limited under the Small Scale Enterprise Development in Agriculture and Tourism (SSEDAT) II held a presentation last night at the LICU SSEDAT Center. The presentation titled, “Archaeological Sites in Northern Belize as Historic Tourist Attractions”, was facilitated by archaeologist Dr. Allan Moore. Project Coordinator Albino Vargas told us more about the event.

 

Albino Vargas – Project Coordinator


“Under the project we are going to have a specific activity which is the promotion of tourism as an alternative economic activity, as you may recall last year we started training some tour guides; last year we completed 22 of them and this year we have completed another 22.  What we are trying to do is to keep them inform and trying to build their capacities because they will soon going to go and work into the world of tourism and we are trying to bring people with experience, people who can deliver relevant information, of what they can offer there and how they can market Orange Walk and Corozal as viable tourist destinations.”

 

Dalila ical – Reporter

 

“Are you really focusing really only on these archaeological sites or are there other aspects of the tourism industry that you are sharing with these tour guides?”

 

Albino Vargas – Project Coordinator

 

“Actually it is a holistic approach we are taking, if you notice we have a cross section of attendees here; we have tour guides, we have in the banking industry, we have people in the transportation industry, we have people from the hotels and so we are taking a more holistic approach but for this opportunity we are fortunate to have Doctor Allan here with us, he is a prominent archaeologist here in Belize and we thought that especially for our tour guides, our trainees it is good that they wet their feet a little by getting some information of him but what we will be doing later on is getting more presenters who may be relevant to other areas of Orange Walk and Corozal.”

 

Dr. Moore held an extensive presentation on the ancient Maya and the archaeological sites located in northern Belize. The event was well attended by residents of both Orange Walk and Corozal Districts. The presentation was held in collaboration with the National Institute of Culture and History, NICH. The La Inmaculada Credit Union Limited is executing the Small Scale Enterprise Development in Agriculture and Tourism project in the Orange Walk and Corozal Communities. The project is funded by the European Union in collaboration with the Government of Belize.

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