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Int'l Food Wine & Travel Writers Assoc. awards five Certificates of Appreciation

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The International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) awarded five prestigious Certificates of Appreciation to industry partners in Belize, Central America for their gracious hospitality, continuing education and contributions to the travel & tourism industries.

The businesses chosen for this award were Chabil Mar Villas and Robert's Grove Beach Resort in Placencia, Stann Creek; Hopkins Bay Resort in Hopkins, Stann Creek; Victoria House in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye and Tropic Air Belize.

These certificates were awarded to Chabil Mar Villas, Robert's Grove Beach Resort, Hopkins Bay Resort and Victoria House for outstanding work in the hospitality field and exemplary guest services. These resorts provide excellent help to journalists in the form of relevant story ideas, angles, and destination and tour information. They are well-connected with excellent knowledge of the region and proactively stay in touch with journalists.

Tropic Air of Belize, Central America has been awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for exemplary work in promoting the diverse aspects of Belize, the world-renowned region they service and for providing excellent help to journalists in the form of relevant story ideas, angles, and destination and tour information. They, also, are well-connected with excellent knowledge of the region and proactively stay in touch with journalists.

The above mentioned travel industry partners were very generous in help with arranging travel, hospitality, tour and story suggestions to help complete journalism assignments in Belize.

According to the IFWTWA's press releases:

The International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) is a dynamic nonprofit organization based out of Southern California. What started out as a small group of prominent Frenchmen rating restaurants in 1956 is now a global network of journalists and photographers who cover the hospitality and lifestyle fields, and the people who promote them.

Members cover a broad spectrum of travel destination attractions such as active and passive adventure activities, ecology, historical features, culture, fairs, festivals, food, wine, and special events. The association's membership includes professionals in culinary arts and sciences, the wine growing and production industry, and hotel and hospitality management industries.

These businesses are all deemed to be among the best serving the Central American country of Belize and are highly recommended.

Resource Information

Getting to Belize:

Both United and American Airways have flights from the U.S. to Belize City, Belize
Placencia, Hopkins (Dangriga) and San Pedro are all serviced by Tropic Air.

For more information:

Belize Tourism Board

Ambergris Caye, Belize, Central America
Placencia, Stann Creek District, Belize, Central America
Hopkins, Stann Creek District, Belize, Central America
Stann Creek District, Belize, Central America

Where to stay in luxury:
Chabil Mar Villas
Robert's Grove Beach Resort
Hopkins Bay Resort
Victoria House

John Lamkin is a born-again travel journalist and photographer based in Taos, New Mexico and in Mexico. He writes (and photographs) about travel, food, wine, luxury, budget, gear, tech. and more. He is Global Membership Chair of the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association. He travels the world in search of something new in culture, cuisine and drink.
Look for John Lamkin's upcoming book
An Odyssey of the Heart
by Susanna Starr
with Photographs by John Lamkin

NOTE: Some or all of the accommodations(s), experience(s), item(s) and/or service(s) detailed above were provided at no cost to accommodate this review, but all opinions expressed are entirely those of John Lamkin and have not been influenced in any way.


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