|Tourism Development Plan|
Tourism development is occurring at a fast pace along the Placencia Peninsula, and this growth has fueled an awareness within the local communities of the fundamental need for consideration and sensitivity towards the natural and cultural environments in order to achieve a sustainable industry. Placencia Village itself, has maintained a unique community feel, with potential for further development as a tourism centre through urban renewal and infill development which retains the distinct character of the village.
Challenges to Placencia's development as a tourist destination include:
A local community planning effort was initiated in 2005 (Dyett & Bhatia) in an attempt to establish a policy framework and land-use guidance for further development within the Placencia community.
The Placencia Peninsula Physical Tourism Development Plan will be undertaken as a deliverable under the National Sustainable Tourism Master Plan consultancy. It will create criteria and standards for tourism development in line with the National Sustainable Tourism Master Plan and include a review of the Sustainable Tourism Development Plan prepared by Dyett and Bhatia, March 2005.
To strengthen and improve physical planning, and implement zoning and development standards to maintain the small-scale, authentic character of the Peninsula and its villages, taking into consideration social and environmental issues, and proposing strategies for product diversification, enhanced visitor experience and improved quality of life for the residents.
Current Project Status:
July 5th - 11th 2011:
June 22nd 2011:
April - May 2011:
April 8th - 15th 2011:
February 21st - March 8th 2011:
March 30th, 2010:
February 23rd 2010:
February 2nd 2010
November 6th, 2009:
Letter of Invitation published for firms to express their interest in offering consultancy services to develop the National Sustainable Tourism Master Plan for the entire Belize tourism sector.