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Commitment from the Ministry of Tourism and Culture and the Belize Tourism Board to invest in a quality tourism experience and improved visitor management at Belize’s archaeological sites was cemented on Friday July 13th ,2012.  Construction contracts  totaling over   Bz$680,000 were signed with 2 local firms, ASCON  and Usher Construction Ltd. 

 Under the Sustainable Tourism Program (STP) funds totaling Bz$ 504,596.74 will be spent on expanded bathroom and interpretation facilities at Cahal Pech and Belize’s second most visited site, Xunantunich.  A new visitor center will be built at Xunantunich to present and communicate its history, architecture and Maya cosmology. The existing visitor center at Cahal Pech  will undergo a revamp, and improvements will be made to the site trail.  The enhancements are timely, as Cahal Pech is the chosen venue for a number of the special events planned to celebrate the completion of the 13th B'ak'tun in December.

Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM)will benefit from Bz$177,500 investment.  It is an exclusive tour, as ATM is one of the most spectacular subterranean Maya archaeological sites in the region.  By December, visitors will enjoy complete restroom and bathing facilities, set in a landscaped jungle environment at the entrance to the site.

The STP is a US$15million tourism development program funded through GOB and the BTB with IDB loan assistance.
Last month work began on the construction of a new ferry for the river crossing to Xunantunich site under the STP.



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