We, the undersigned, urge Belize government officials and tourism leaders to prevent the development of Placencia as a cruise ship destination because:
-- A sporadic influx of large numbers of day-trippers would overwhelm Placencia's facilities without adding significantly to the city's revenues, particularly for the accommodations industry.
-- Large groups of strangers roaming the world's narrowest street for short on-shore visits would destroy Placencia's unique village lifestyle for residents and eliminate its signature appeal to tourists desiring to sample local culture.
-- Ship and launch traffic would threaten the very environment that makes Belize an international tourist destination, adding to environmental pollution, damaging the vulnerable Southern Belize environment, including coral reef,s, tropical forests, lagoons and inland rivers.
-- Southern Belize tourist attractions -- many of them undeveloped and unprotected -- would be overwhelmed and damaged by excessive numbers of large tour groups.
-- Belize is a jewel - cruise ship tourism is selling it too cheap when we have so much to offer from reefs to jungle, all in one location. -- Overnight tourists and overnight tourism companies support local Belize businesses - cruise ship lines and cruise ship tourists don't. -- Cruise ships and cruise ship tourists will bring Belize City crime problems to southern Belize - and we know that our police and our politicians can't protect us. -- Local control will be non-existent. The US can't control cruise lines and effectively enforce its laws, the Belize government hasn't been able to in Belize City, either. And, each cruise line that visits Belize earns up to 40 times the entire revenue of Belize in just a single year. Under these circumstances, there will be no local control.
Keep Cruise Ships Away from Placencia, Belize
Stewart Krohn Writes from Coco Plum
Speech on Cruise Ship Tourism by Placencia Village Council Chairman, Charles Leslie, Jr.
Members of the Placencia Chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Association Oppose Cruise Ship Tourism
Placencia Tour Operators Oppose Cruise Ship Tourism
Please do not allow this. our world is a beautiful but fragile place. Let Placencia remain untouched that our grandchildren and their grandchildren may experience its uniqueness and beauty.
We just had a wonderful vacation in Placencia and will come again, but not if it is spoiled with cruise ships. Placencia is still a lovely quite and natural retreat. Please keep it that way.
Maralyn Strachan, Canada3 weeks ago
David Strachan, Canada4 weeks ago
John Pascoe, Belize2 months ago
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