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Hurricane Felix Bypasses Belize

Hurricane Felix Bypasses Belize ( BELIZE CITY, Belize, The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) declared the all clear for the country of Belize at midday, September 4th, 2007.

A preliminary hotel assessment indicates no damages in the northern, central, western and southern regions of Belize. Additionally, there were no damages sustained at the Cayes and offshore islands of Belize. Most hotels and attractions in the southern areas remain open and operational. Water, electricity and telephone services remain available in every region of the country.

Members of the private sector and stakeholders continue to take every precautionary measure to guarantee the lives of their guests and people during and after a natural disaster and high level of preparedness are ensured for residents and tourists. The largest tourism private sector association, the Belize Tourism Industry Association, in coordination with the Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism, hosted their 4th Annual Hurricane Preparedness and Response Workshop for the tourism and business sector workers. The aim of the workshop was to ensure that properties are adequately prepared for disasters and to ensure that after a natural disaster, businesses can return to normal operations as quickly as possible.

The Belize Tourism Board’s emergency website,, has been activated since Tuesday, August 21st and is dedicated to emergencies such as these that affect the tourism industry and the country. This website provides current information on the status of the industry and its service providers during and after a disaster. Links have been placed on the BTB’s main websites of and The website is updated daily from the information received through the National Emergency Management Organization, tourism stakeholders and other service providers. This site serves as an information hub for visitors, press and industry partners.

“We remain vigilant during this active hurricane season,” comments Tourism Director, Tracy Panton. “We are fortunate that Belize suffered no damage from Hurricane Felix and we remain open for business and welcome visitors.”

The Philip Goldson International Airport reports that it has maintained operations throughout yesterday without interruptions. All international and domestic airlines have resumed normal scheduled flights.

For more detailed information, please visit online at either or . The Belize Tourism Board can also be reached at 1-800-624-0686.

Robyn Schweitzer/Kristin Degnan Richartz, Fliss, Clark & Pope (212) 286-9339/ (973) 627-8180

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