," ~THE tBELIZE
PUBLISHED UBY VERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES
BELIZE CI MAR 9 P. O. Box 324.
No. 7 Up to 14th Februaxy, 1966
"BOOM GOES THE TOURIST INDUSTRY"
Indications are that the boom in the tourist industry, foro-
cast in 1961 by a world famous tourism consultant is now resulting in
a severe strain on the existing Hotel and tourist facilities of the
Vic Barothy told representatives of the Tourist Board on
Friday that he is solidly booked clear through May. He has had to
turn down some 200 first class applicants.
Similar reports were received from the Fort George Hotel'
and the Foreman Brothers and the Bliss Hotel have said that they are
almost filled to capacity.
Meanwhile, Imigration Department has confirmed that there has
been a heavy flow of tourists since the beginning of the year. In t-e
first six weeks of the year nearly.,900 visitors came by air, 44 by
sea and 1,414 by road.
As it became apparent last week that facilities for taking
tourists on day trips to the Cayes and inland excursions are not
adequate for the demand, the Tourist Board met to consider special
measures to handle theytraffic.
Persons having the experience and suitable facilities to
accommodate the tourist were invited to register with the Board.
Hotel operators were also urged to institute a forward-
ing arrangement among themselves to make sure that all hotel acco-
modation available is put to good use.
MEXICAN PUBLICATION PAYS TRIBUTE
The influential Mexican publication 'Excelsior', in its
Sunday Colour pictorial edition of February 13th, carried a cover
story article on Belize.
The article, written by one Antonio Halik, is entitled
"Ni Mexicanos, Ni Guatemaltecos- Belicenos." Not Mexicans, Not
Paying a routine.call on the Premier to discuss Mexico-
Belize affairs, the Mexican Consul, Sr. Juan Manuel Ramirez presented
a'copy of the publication.
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The discussion was concexnd with further implementation
of the Mexican technical assistance programme worked out in 1964,
when the Premier led a delegation to that' country.
Fulfilling The Pledge
Mexico has,, uilt a $600,000 international bridge spanning
the Rio Hondo, also'uder this accord several varieties of seed f;x ,.
our farmers. pedigree cattle to improve our livestock and scholarsl.
to Mexican institutions have been provided.
A numberr of technical advisors on various subjects have al.:
been sent to Belize.
"Excelsiorl" ~efterates that President Diaz Ordaz'sGovz,.n, :.
ment does not have 'i titorial designs on Belize and that Prem4e.if,', i
Price's Goveirnment is working towards complete independence.
The majority of Belizeans want this too, it goes on, .and.i
great effort is being made to develop the :agricultural potential ,o,;:
LOCAL GOV Y*4A .M-lilST .-...ITOLEDO
The Ministeri of Lbeal Government "ihd Social. Welfare, the, lte-,.
Albert Cattpsea,accompanied by his Pr.incipal Secretary visited the i
Toledo District on Wednesday. .
The Minister, who travelled by way of the Southein HEghwa--,
held.discussions with a group of farmers who have cleared some 'one "
hundred-and twenty-five acres of land in the Mafredi area for rice
It is understood that they have dicusod, government assi.t. -
for the project.
The Minister also visited, the Village ,of San Pedro .Columbia
where he met the chairman of the Village Council.
Latei that evening, he went' on.to the village of San Miguel
before returning to Punta Gorda Town for a meeting with the Town Boaxd.
ANOTHER. BEIJZ~.AAN CALLED TO. TE BAR
Anothex- B-fizean has-been. called to the bar.
According to an article appearing in, the London Pxess Sexvico
Mr. Edward Arthur La.iiig of 69 Euphrates Avenue, Belize City was calli
to the. Bar at th~innex Temple in.'.London during the Hilary erm.
Edward is 'he son of Mr. Edward Laing, the News .EdZitor, .ti u
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MIAMI HERALD HAILS
The, photograph of the Premier and U.S.A. Consul Robert
Tepper signing t~e recent investment guarantee agreement between
the Governments of Belize and the United States of America was
Given prominence in ,the Saturday issue o'f the Miami.Herald.
The agreement, the first negotiated directly between
Belize and the United States of America, assures protection for
United States investors against routine and abnormal risks.
THEY SAWi TIHE- PREMIER
Names make news, and among the noteworthy visitors to see
the Premier last week were:
MR. ENRIQUE THOMAS AND MR. GIFFORD LEWIS of Lake Independence who
are turning out a new line of souvenirs of Belize suitable
for sale to tourists.
SMr. Lewis presented the Premier with a broadleaf conoh shell
which was highly polished and adorned with smaller 'John-canoe' shellZ
A section had been cut out of the shell for a clock,to be
Another object was a highly polished coconut shell on whicl
a face had been etched, ears added and a slit cut at the top of thc
,hcad to nak, a pigGy baric of the shell.
Inscribed .on the shell were the words "To eonouvable George
Pzioe Premier- In harmony and national unity we approach the goal
of independence with new hope and existing prosperity under your
Mr. Price thanked the gentlemen for'thier gifts and congra-
tulated them on thier effort to place new Belizean souvenirs on the
MR. JAMES JORDAN of the U.K. 'Ministry of Pensions and National' Insuxr-
ance who has been in the country foa the past 18 months to
advise Government on the setting up of a Social Security
Scheme in Belize.
/He told the Premier that he and his wife had enjoyed their
stay. They had found the people very charming and hospitable.
The Premier thanked Mr. Jordan for the work he has been do-
ing. Government he said, hopes to see the project come to fruition
in the fullness of time.
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There are many difficulties to be faced but he is sure that
the work .done by Mr. Jordan will play an important part when the
S scheme is adopted.
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Three members of the United Youth Senior Football team-
Mr. Dennis Neal, Raymond Wallen, and Windell Slusher
Last y:txr the team came third. in the National Football
.The' Pimier told the youths that he hoped the team will
stay together and continue to play good football.
RE'VEREND AND MRiS. T.C. MILLHOLLON, pastor of the Pentecostal Church
cf God at Ontario Village.
Announcing -::~-s to start a home for old folks, Rev.
Millhollon also discussed the operation of a school to be run in
conjunction with the church.
Mx. Price thanked the missionaries for the good work they
have been *jsing at Ontario Village over the past eight years.
The Millhollo-i~ have been very active in Social work and
often receive gift' paicies from abroad which they distribute to
Sthies -congregation. They have started to give instruction on the
Making -of ;-pre serves.
'Pzremnierx Price mentioned that the village of More Tommorroy w
had made an appeal through the Belize Times for empty jars. The Tes-
ponse has been extremely gratifying.
-' A further appeal,he said, could be made on behalf of the
Villagers of Ontario.
SENIOR BISHOP OZR.O T. JJOiES AAiD MRS. JONahS, AND BISHOP ISSAU COUriTE.A...
on a short familiarization toux of Belize.
Bishop Jones, whose he-adquarters is in Philadelphia pre-
sented a copy of the Official Manual of the Church of God in Christ
which he au--.c :,raphed foi the Premier.
The Premier expressed gratitude to the Church and to Bishop
.Jones for the good work they are doing towards the building of the
MR. RALPH CRAIG home to visit from New York after an absence, in New
Y( York, of twerty-onc years.
In spite of the fact that Belizeans are away they still want
to irt in home some day to join in the-" task of nation building, 'he
tild- th6 Premier.
'We are very proud of the school system we have in Belize "
he added-, "This has given us a good t undation fox the jobs we have
Congratulating the Premier on the excellent work of re-
construction which has taken place in Belize City, he went on," I
wanted to 'see things for myself and I have circled all over -the city.-
The recovery is tremendous and when I go back to New York, I will let
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oth x Belizeans. kow what you ae. doing.
E,:CGAYO FARMERS' CO-OP DOIIG WhLL
A delegate of prominent Belizeans of Bullet Titq Falls'$
accompanied by'thier area representative, the Hon. Hect6f Bilva,
called to see the Minister of Natural Resources last Saturday.
The group included Village Council Chairman, Eriberto
Cocum, Who 'is also secretary of the Farmers' Union and Marcello
Medina, the Secretary of the Village Council.
The delegation held discussions with the Minister on land
problems affecting thier area, and expressed appreciation for the
steps government has been taking to solve thiex land problem.
.They also told the Minister about the work thier co-
Opsijtitve is doing. Members have cleared 200 acres of land, fif-
teen of which have already been planted in ground provisions. Fif-
teen acres have been devoted to citrus. The cooperative plans to
cultivate cash crops corn and beans,for example on the remain-
The cooperative has seventeen members.
THEIR PROGRESSIVE PIOIEhRS OF HATTIEVILLE
The people of Hattieville are /persevering with their efforts
to help thbailelves..
Two and a half years ago a group of men and women formed the
:Hattie3Ville Aided Self-Help Housing Group Savings Cooperative., 'ThiLs
purpose was to raise funds to re-establish themselves in the New
Hattieville location on the Burrel Boom Road.known as site number one.
Now, another group has started at 'site number two' where
they hope to go into vegetable gardening to supply the Be'lize City
This morning Messrs. Ira Lewis, Peter Lewis, and Harold
Gough discussed tbeix plan with Premier George Price.
The cooperative has a membership of fifty, So fax, they
have saved $200.00.
The ,men expressed confidence that Government will help th :
with thier project and thanked the Premier for the great interest
he has shown.
YOUTH HOSTEL EAKNS HIGH PRAISE
The Minister of Local Government and Social Welfare the
Hon. Albert Cattouse, on Sunday paid tribute to the Warden of the
Princess Royal Youth Hostel, Mr. Lionel Clark, Band Master P.C,
Anderson and the Hostel Band following the very fine performance
at Central Park.
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The Sunday evening promenade was the. second of its kind,
held under the distinguished patrohage of .e Ministet of Local
Hundrednsof Be1izeans turned out for the conceit.
SPREAD THi ECUMENICAL SPIRIT i
Last Wednesday the pastbzs of the Roman Cath-'1.i Dioceseo
in Belize met with His Loidship the-Most Revexend Robe~'L. Hodapp
of the Society of Jesus, to discuss the work of the church hex@ in the
light of the setoAd Vatican Council.
The discussion centered around a deeping of the Christian
life of Cathoiics themselves through a renewal of lituzgical..
worship. There is also-the intention of'stienghthening the bonds
which unite Catholics wi.th other Christain groups and the community
as a whole', .
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