Hotel association questions need for ‘compulsory’ travel health insurance


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Posted: Friday, January 14, 2022. 8:46 PM CST.

By Aaron Humes: According to Belize Hotel Association (BHA) President Alina Saldivar, the organization has opposed the idea of ​​a compulsory travel health insurance scheme proposed by the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) since it was first presented in October and still does not agree on the principle. .

A letter distributed to members and published in the press reveals that the BHA’s representative on the board of directors of the Tourist Board voted against at a meeting in November.

The Association’s concerns boil down to cost and detail, noting also that in the initial proposal, one company (Insurance Corporation of Belize (ICB)) would be responsible for providing the insurance; the field was opened to others.

While the Association agrees that hotels should be compensated for extended stays for guests who test positive for COVID-19, the idea is not new and has been implemented in other countries. , she says “there is not enough evidence to support this reasoning”. because the overloading of our healthcare system during the pandemic has never been caused by tourists overcrowding hospitals and we have not received any specific examples of guests who were unable to meet their medical expenses while on vacation in Belize.

Therefore, he says, the government’s reasoning that such a program would 1. protect our local healthcare system, and 2. protect the health of international visitors and Belizeans from Covid-19, is not satisfactorily established. for them.

The Association tells members it will walk them through the details as soon as the Board makes them available: “We continue to overcome the many obstacles we have faced over the past two years and continue to prove that our industry is resilient and that our economy is heavily dependent on.”

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