Posted: Thursday Jul 22, 2021 8:01 PM CST.
From Rubén Morales Iglesias: Newly built Toledo Welcome Plaza in Punta Gorda by the Minister for Tourism and Diaspora Relations Anthony Mahler. inaugurated
The Toledo Welcome Plaza is a project under the Sustainable Tourism Program II between the government of Belize and the Inter-American Development Bank, said Minister Mahler, according to the press office of the government of Belize.
Punta Gorda is one of the emerging tourist destinations that has benefited from investments aimed at developing and improving the physical tourism product, the press office said.
“The first phase consisted of only upgrading the areas and having a center for the women’s group,” said Mahler.
Minister Mahler noted that half of the building is rented to generate income. There is also a shop.
Mahler said he expected the plaza to become a beehive for cultural and tourist activities. He added that the ministry will improve the project.
Celia Mahung, Chair of Toledo Local Tourism Committee, said it was a public space that could be used for public events. She added that Toledo residents can use the plaza to showcase what Toledo has to offer to locals and tourists alike.
The plaza has sanitary facilities and running water.
Punta Gorda Mayor Charles Selgado said the city council intends to encourage vendors to set up stores in the Toledo Welcome Plaza.
Florentina Chun, secretary of the Toledo Fajina Women’s Group, said the COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected their income-generating businesses and they appreciated the new building because it is where they can sell their products. That, she said, will help them make a living.
Mahler said that a good partnership between the public and private sectors is necessary. He said the Ministry of Tourism is updating the sustainable tourism master plan and each destination in the country will have its own specific uplifting programs and plans, but added that the ministry will continue its development in consultation with the private sector.
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