Historic Groundbreaking Ceremony Marks Commencement of San Jose Succotz Multipurpose Center

Belize City, Belize, March 1, 2024: In a momentous event that signifies an important step towards cultural preservation and community development, the groundbreaking ceremony for the San Jose Succotz Multipurpose Center took place today, Friday, March 1st. This transformative project, funded by the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) in partnership with Hon. Jorge “Millin” Espat, Cayo West Area Representative, is set to redefine the landscape of the Maya/Mestizo village of San Jose Succotz in the Cayo District.

The Multipurpose Center will boast a sprawling 5,000 square feet of versatile space, designed to cater to the diverse needs of the community. The visionary project includes a dedicated playing ground for children, meticulously landscaped areas, a dynamic display/exhibit zone, stage, interconnected walkways, and outdoor seating. A striking pergola will elegantly connect the Multipurpose Center to the adjacent Catholic church, blending architectural elegance with historical significance.

Situated in the picturesque village of Succotz, just a stone’s throw away from the ancient Maya city of Xunantunich, this project is not only a testament to cultural preservation but also a strategic effort to enhance the overall tourism experience in the region.

The Cayo district has amazing tourism products and is among the top three tourism destinations in the country. Therefore, we are excited to embark on this journey of cultural enrichment and community development,” said Hon. Anthony Mahler, Minister of Tourism & Diaspora Relations. He added, “As tourism continues to boom, it is important that we invest in the infrastructure with projects such as these that will enhance the Belize experience for visitors and locals.” 

The BTB’s support to the project underscores the commitment to fostering sustainable tourism initiatives that celebrate the rich cultural diversity of Belize. This collaboration highlights the synergy between community-driven projects and national tourism objectives. 

The groundbreaking ceremony saw a gathering of community leaders, government officials, and distinguished guests, symbolizing a united effort towards cultural preservation and community advancement. Addresses were delivered by Hon. Anthony Mahler, Minister of Tourism & Diaspora Relations, Hon. Jorge Espat, Mr. Josue Carballo, Director of Industry Development, BTB, Mrs. Mareli Panti, Deputy Chairlady of San Jose Succotz Village Council and Dr. Amin Hegar, Cayo West Chairman, among others. 

Also present for the occasion were Cayo Central Area Representative, Hon. Alex Balona, Senator Collet Montejo, Mrs. Nicole Solano, CEO of the Ministry of Tourism and Diaspora Relations, Director of Tourism, Mr. Evan Tillett and other distinguished guests.

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