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Misinformation regarding cruisers fees

 
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 09, 2010 3:37 pm    Post subject: Misinformation regarding cruisers fees Reply with quote

(Editor's Note: Received by email from Cliff Wilson)

There has been a lot of misinformation regarding fees cruisers incur in Belize. I would like to set the matter straight. I met this morning with the Belize Tourism Board, and they will have a press release ready shortly. In the meantime, I would like to hear from anyone who was charged a $10 per day fee. Boat name and dates.

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Cliff Wilson
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 10, 2010 9:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done Cliff.

It is good to hear that the Belize Tourism Board is looking into the charging issue.

I am aware of one vessel being charged this year

Motor vessel Odyssey Punta Gorda April 2010

Odyssey on or around 23rd April 2010 checked out at Punta Gorda and was charged approx 1,000 BZ for a 17 day stay by the Belize Port Authority.

This included an exit fee, a charge per day per person and some kind of charge based upon gross tonnage and draft. They were given a receipt.

Odyssey then broadcast the costs they had incurred on the NW Caribbean Net and one of the result was that a number of cruisers in the Bay Islands were put off attending Lobster fest in Placencia.

We met up with Odyssey at Cabo Tres Puntas a couple of days latter and he confirmed the information above.

(The BPA charges are governed by act of parliament (2002/3. I have copies of these from John Flowers if you need them)
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