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Tourism Minister Says G.O.B. is Dissecting Definitive Agreement

Jun 12, 2023

Tourism Minister Says G.O.B. is Dissecting Definitive Agreement

Anthony Mahler

More specifically, Mahler said that they have started the process of scrutinizing the Definitive Agreement with a view to remove parts of the contract that are deemed excessive.

Anthony Mahler, Minister of Tourism & Diaspora Relations

“Inside of Belize, we‘ve started to dissect the Definitive Agreement just to say, this can‘t work, this can work and our goal is to, I believe, the recommendation on the table right now is for us to tear up the original Definitive Agreement and have a new agreement.”

Isani Cayetano

“Are the parties amenable to that?  I mean, it‘s like if you and I have a contract, regardless of how that contract came into being, prior to someone else looking at it and saying, ‘Hey, this doesn’t seem to be legit.”  Do we simply say, “Okay, well let‘s discard this if the terms of that contract may be beneficial to either of us?”

Anthony Mahler

“The information that I am getting right now is that they are going to be willing to renegotiate and start from scratch.”

Isani Cayetano

“How do you look at this as the Minister of Tourism, considering the fact that this is sort of like a golden egg, the industry is sort of like a golden egg, but then this ongoing situation sort of casts a black eye on everything.  How do you look at it?”

Anthony Mahler

“Firstly, just take into consideration that I have no dealings other than being a member in Cabinet for the approval or denial of any port facility.  Our responsibility in the Ministry of Tourism and Diaspora Relations is to bring ships to Belize in a sustainable way.  And so, for me, when I look at it, I look at it as Minister of Tourism, not Minister of Cruise or minister of any sector and if you look at the revenue breakdown for tourism, you will see that overnight tourism generates about eighty-five percent of the revenues while cruise is about fifteen percent.”