Belize Releases List of Gold Standard Recognized Tour Operators

by McNab Editorial Team

As Belize prepares for a potential reopening, the Belize Tourism Board has created a “Tourism Gold Standard” Recognition program to enhance Tour Operators for the safety of travelers. These new protocols are focused on enhanced tour operator sanitation practices, social interactions, workplace policies and standard operating procedures, while ensuring minimal impact on the guest experience. The 9-Point program introduces enhanced health and safety standards for tour operators by adapting new behaviors to ensure both travelers and employees are confident in the cleanliness and safety of tour experiences.

Editor’s Note: This list of approved Gold Standard Tour Operators in Belize is expected to be updated by the BTB. Please check back here for updated information.

For the initial phased approach, Gold Standard-approved tour operators will be those that:

  1. Have a “Gold Standard Program Manager” who implements protocols and ensures compliance.
  2. Implement Monitoring & Reporting – to conduct non-invasive temperature checks and utilize the Ministry of Health App.
  3. Ensure Social Distancing protocols for workers and visitors.
  4. Implement enhanced cleaning & sanitization procedures such as increased disinfection of common areas, face masks, and personal protective equipment (PPE) for employees, visitors, and guests.
  5. Have a response plan should there be any suspected cases.
  6. Ensure clear and consistent communication with employees and guests.
  7. Have sanitization stations.
  8. Have digital technologies for transactions and online bookings.
  9. Implement a training plan for employees to ensure preparedness to manage new protocols.
Source: The Belize Tourism Board

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