Belize City- A team of 10 travel agents from the United States and Canada recently concluded a one-week ‘familiarization tour’ to Belize. The purpose of the trip was to familiarize the travel agents with what Belize has to offer as a Wedding and Honeymoon destination.
The team from the United States included representatives from FROSCH New York, Dreams and Destinations, Kiel Travel and Alacrity Lifestyle, while the team from Canada was composed of representatives from Romantic Planet Vacation, Now Destinations, McTavish Travel, Crystal Water Weddings, TTI Travel and Travel Agent Next Door.
As part of the tour, the team visited several destinations in the country and several top resorts.
While in the Cayo District, the group visited the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve. As the oldest and largest protected forested area in Belize, Mountain Pine Ridge (MPR) covers 300 square miles of area, where visitors can find a sharp contrast to the tropical landscape. This pine tree-dominated forest is more than just a vast wooded area: visitors find deep ravines, traverse dramatic granite expanses atop the Maya Mountains and observe meandering rivers, streams, waterfalls and pools amid the sweet fragrance of the evergreens. It is also the home of the Rio Frio Caves, and the Rio On pools where visitors can relax in the swirling pools especially during the summer months. While visiting the MPR the travel agents were able to tour Hidden Valley Resort and Gaia River Lodge.
“Belize is amazing. I have found that there is something for everybody, for honeymooners, for couples, for nature travelers, family, great relaxation, amazing spas as well as beautiful hotels very upscale to the clientele,” said Belinda Serrano from FROSCH New York. She added: “Belize has a lot more to offer, the architecture of the hotels is amazing. The people are very friendly. Belize is unbelievable!”
The Honeymoon and Weddings market is a growing niche market throughout Central America and the Caribbean. Belize’s panoramic views of the turquoise Caribbean Sea, swaying palm trees, charming white sandy beaches, ancient Mayan cities, amazing sunsets and exotic flora offer a picture-perfect backdrop that inspires couples to say those magical words at the right moment.
The travel agents’ visit to Belize is also part of BTB’s marketing efforts to promote Belize as a Curious Place and the best honeymoon and wedding destination in Central America and the Caribbean region.