BTB app puts Cruise Tourism info in your palm

By William Ysaguirre
Freelance Reporter

Cruise tourism industry professionals can access real-time notifications about ship arrivals, passenger numbers, and all other statistics access about their industry: – past, present and future, in the palm of their hands the new, free BTB Cruise App, which the Belize Tourism Board launch date BTB headquarters in Belize City on Monday, November 27.

BTB’s director of Cruise and Destination Planning Noriko Gamero explained they can download to their smartphone or tablet from the Google Play store or Apple store. She said the primary purpose of the app is for the tour guides and operators to have access to the calendar of all ship calls, so they can see right off if a ship is in port or not, at Fort Street Tourism Village in Belize City or for Harvest Caye.

The app also provides real time notifications, to advise operators of the addition of a new ship arrival to a port, or of a cancellation of a ship call. The BTB can also use the app to advise operators of the closure of a specific site, of the closure of a road due an accident, or any other unforeseen occurrence which may impact the cruise operators in that area. She said the BTB seeks to provide this information to the relevant stakeholders so that they can adjust and make changes as the need may arise.

The app will also offer contact information for the BTB and the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, so that in the event of an emergency, cruise operators may contact police and/or the cruise ship agency, in case they need to notify the cruise ship line.
The app also offers up to date statistics, with monthly numbers and by year, so operators can see the number of passengers who are expected to arrive, and the BTB will also update this data by inputting the real numbers, as they arrive. The statistics will also give a breakdown by month and by port; if an operator is specifically interested in Harvest Caye, or FSTV.

The real benefit of the app is less paperwork and real-time access, Gamero explained. She said in the past, any changes to ship schedules would require the printing out of the new schedules for the cruise operators to have updated information, and the BTB had simply implemented the latest technology to do away with all this unnecessary paper trail. Cruise operators have embraced this innovative change, as Gamero said so far, the feedback has been great!

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