The Belize Tourism Awards 2017

Belize City, Monday, October 23rdth, 2017 – The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) held its highly anticipated 15th National Tourism Awards Gala Event on Saturday, October 21st at the Ramada Princess Hotel in Belize City.

The event was well attended with guests coming from all regions of Belize. Distinguished guests included Hon. Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Manuel Heredia Jr., Minister of Tourism & Civil Aviation, and Mrs. Kim Simplis Barrow, Special Envoy for Women and Children, among others.

The 15th National Tourism Awards was an elegant celebration of the accomplishments made throughout the year by tourism partners and friends. The BTB is honoured to host such a significant event which gives recognition to Belize’s tourism stars in the areas of Frontline Personnel, Hospitality Award, Hotel of the Year, Small Accommodations of the Year, Tour Guide of the Year, Tour Operator of the Year, Restaurant of the Year, the Minister’s Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award. The nominees, through dedication to the industry, have contributed to the quality services offered throughout Belize.

The theme of the night was “Rainforest Meets Reef”, a setting that was most fitting for the tourism stars of Belize, which depicts the diversity of Belize’s tourism product.

Here are the BTB 2017 Winners:

BTB Tour Operator of the Year 2017

Toledo Cave and Adventure Tours

Tour operators understand the growing needs of visitors. The Tour Operator of the year excels in service, marketing, creativity, uniqueness, safety, reliability, value for money and exemplifies a strong commitment to sustainable and innovative business practices.

BTB Tour Guide of the Year 2017

Estavan Choco of The Lodge at Big Falls

Tour Guides are the story tellers of Belize. They possess a wealth of knowledge, have the ability to mesmerize an audience, have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, a positive attitude, creativity, and the ability to provide a world class tour experience.

BTB Small Accommodations of the Year 2017

Caribbean Beach Cabanas

A small accommodation might be small in size but more than makes up with personality. It is being presented to a licensed property with less than ten rooms, which offers superior quality that captures the essence of warmth and homeliness, displays excellence in customer service, has outstanding facilities, has remarkable ambiance and a personalized touch in delivering the Belize brand to its visitors.

BTB Restaurant of the Year 2017

Rum Fish & Vino

Today’s travellers are more cultured, experienced and in turn more demanding on their culinary choices. This group of amazing nominees have taken the diversity of the Belizean cuisine and have managed to provide travelers with unforgettable dining experiences.

Minister Award

Philip “Billy” Leslie of San Pedro

Lifetime Achievement Award

Mick and Lucy Fleming of The Lodge at Chaa Creek

Hotel of the Year 2017

Grand Caribe Resort

Hotel of the year. There is no doubt that all these nominees deserved this award, but we must have one who rises above all the others. The hotel of the year offers a gateway to paradise, where service exceeds excellence, engulfed with positive attitude and attentiveness of staff. They offer exceptional value for money, are equipped with outstanding facilities and amenities, have remarkable ambience, are innovative and possess the ability to provide visitors with a truly authentic and all-encompassing Belize experience.

Hospitality Award of the Year 2017

Caves Branch Jungle Lodge

The Hospitality Award is being presented to a tourism ancillary organization that offers exceptional customer service, manages the business seamlessly, is sensitive to the needs of staff, flexible in adapting to change and accommodating to the industry’s needs.

BTB Frontline of the Year 2017

Leroy Welch

The front line worker is the backbone of your business. They are the ones that make a visitor’s experience. We have to acknowledge those who go the extra mile for that added value to provide exceptional customer service throughout the tourism Industry.

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