Wednesday, June 30, 2010
June 30, 2010—Diving into natural pools in Belize in the quest for offerings from the ancient Maya, explorers found what's believed to be the country's first recorded fossilized remains. In the course of the expedition, one diver "disappeared" into the pool's floor. - This is our Beautiful & Amazing Belize, Mother Nature's Best Kept Secret!
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Dia de San Pedro celebrations have been rescheduled for this weekend, but today June 29 we observe San Pedro Day (Dia de San Pedro). A special mass for the men was held at 4a.m. at the Roman Catholic Chursh and breakfast was served at the Lion's Den at 5a.m. What followed was the traditionl boat procession and blessing of the boats. Today's religious aspect of the celebration includes a novena at 6:30p.m., Mass at 7p.m. and street procession at 7:45pm. Celebrations continue from Friday to Sunday.
Residents first took sight of this large vessel about a mile outside our barrier reef on Friday, June 25, and speculations quickly arose of its intentions in the vicinity of Ambergris Caye. With all the hoopla about the potential offshore oil exploration and drilling in Belize, residents could not resist to speculate on the possibility of it being an exploratory vessel looking for possible oil exploration sites in front of our island.
Ambergris Today did some digging around the internet and found out that it’s the English vessel SD NEWTON that arrived from the Gulf of Mexico on its way to Panama. The vessel was built 1976 as a cable layer but has been used by the Minstry of Defence for testing and research and is also listed as part of the Royal Maritime Auxiliary Service Fleet. What was it doing in front of Ambergris Caye? It’s anyone’s guess. But it was gone by the time Tropical Storm Alex came around!
Monday, June 28, 2010
But his trip was made a bit more interesting than he and his guests had anticipated. On Saturday, June 26, while PM Barrow was wrapping up his speech at the Miami Beach Resort & Spa, he was interrupted by Miami Beach Police who arrived at the hotel to investigate the shooting death of a man who was found on the 11th floor.
Officers pulled out and quickly evacuated 1,000 people from the hotel -- including the 100-person wedding party and the 300 guests who gathered to hear Belize Prime Minister Dean Barrow speak in a separate hall.
Here in Belize, while residents were bracing for Tropical Storm Alex to arrive, rumors began to circulating and some news outlets were reporting that the PM had been shot during his first official visit to the U.S. Hon. Barrow's staff and most hotel guests were stranded outside the resort for hours, unable to retrieve their vehicles from valet parking. Guests weren't allowed back in until about 3a.m.
On the 11th floor, police spent the night collecting evidence and questioning witnesses. No arrests have been made. The victim's name has not been released. It's unclear if he was a hotel guest. Also unclear is whether his death is a homicide or a suicide. (More on this week’s issue of Ambergris Today)
Sunday, June 27, 2010
A Bridesmaid called in on the Weather Channel this morning and said that her friend's wedding was still on for today. The rain is gone and a very nice tropical breeze is blowing into town. The SUN is out! What a great day after the storm. Lobster Fest in Placencia is going strong on its second day as is the island of Caye Caulker.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
Fire Scare at Sea Grape Apartments
Another fire was averted just two days back as a small fire broke out on Wednesday, June 23, at the Sea Grape Apartments on Sea Grape Drive, next to Marina's Store. The fire broke out in one of the apartments but was also quickly put out by the Fire Department that quickly arrived at the scene.
More on BETEX
BETEX is a five-day business-to-business event showcasing Belize travel destinations, hotels, tour operators, and other tourism service providers. It is an exclusive opportunity for international travel resellers to meet, network, negotiate and conduct business with local travel suppliers, learn more about Belize, and experience the destination first-hand.
Tropic Air personnel at BETEX
By attending BETEX, participants efficiently, effectively and productively gain immediate competitive advantage for their business and stay abreast with the latest developments in Belize. Travel agents and wholesalers can increase profitability through business interaction, destination education and personal encounters. Local tourism service providers will have a chance to showcase their products and conduct business with international trade partners.
BETEX takes place from Wednesday, June 23 (arrivals) through Sunday, June 27, with departures on Monday, June 28 and is open to registered participants only. With four days of countrywide expeditions and nine itinerary options, international travel professionals will have the opportunity to visit destinations countrywide, immerse themselves in the product, and learn firsthand how to sell Belize.
Suppliers exhibit at decentralized marketplaces on three mornings, allowing for one-on-one business meetings between all suppliers and all buyers. BETEX will also feature cultural shows and social functions highlighting some of Belize’s rich diverse cultures, as well as an opening night, an educational seminar and orientation prior to the expeditions.
DATE: June 23 – 27, 2010
PLACE: Belize, Central America
PARTICIPANTS: International Travel Trade Professionals, Press and Belize Suppliers
ORGANIZED BY: Belize Tourism Industry Association
Ambergris Today has received confirmation from the Caye Caulker Village Council that the Caye Caulker Lobster Fest is still on for this weekend! Miss Lobster Fest Pageant will be taking place at the Palapa Garden to commence at 6:30p.m. tonight. Festivities scheduled for Saturday are also going on as planned.
-Press Release - NEMO - June 25th, 2010 - The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) warns the public of an area of disturbed weather, Invest 93, off the Honduras/Nicaragua border moving on a West North Westerly track. This system has the potential for development as it enters more favorable conditions existing to the East of Belize.
Presently the National Met Service predicts a 70% chance of the system developing into a Tropical Depression offshore Belize as it moves toward the Yucatan Peninsula during Saturday and Sunday. The public is being advised to be aware of the increased likelihood of further deteriorating weather conditions as this system nears our starting later today and over the weekend.
The NEMO advises the public to be prepared for increased rainfall, potential flooding and unfavorable sea conditions. All those persons along the coast and people traveling to the cayes need to pay particular attention to sea conditions. The public is further advised to listen to their local radio and television stations for further advisories from the NEMO and the National Met Service. - End-