The President's Address
Mrs. Alina Saldivar
Greetings from the Belize Hotel Association (BHA). We are the umbrella body for hotels in Belize, and our membership is made up of a diversified portfolio of the major players in the hotel industry in Belize, along with many allied members that offer essential products and services that compliment the hotel industry beautifully. We take pride in being the collective voice of Belize’s hotel industry and promoting the interest of members, with the common objective of successful and long lasting tourism in Belize.
Activities of the BHA revolve around the following main themes:
It is my pleasure to serve as the president of this association. As a hotel owner in Belize myself, I have the pleasure of being a host to visitors that choose our jewel as their vacation destination. Like any good host, hotels in Belize make available the best food and beverage options made with only the best local fresh ingredients; we offer exceptional entertainment and activities in the form of tours and cultural experiences that will create lasting memories; we prepare for our guest’s comfort and plan for their enjoyment; we look after their every need while they are our guests; and we make them feel at home with warm Belizean hospitality.
About Our Association
The Belize Hotel Association (BHA) is a non-profit, non-government organization and Belize’s oldest private sector tourism organization. Its membership is comprised primarily of accommodation providers including hotels, resorts, lodges, condominiums, educational facilities and home-stays with allied members including tour operators and ancillary businesses that service the hospitality industry.
The BHA works diligently to support the sustainable growth of member hotels and the tourism industry in Belize through global marketing initiatives, private and public sector partnerships and training opportunities aimed at increased standards and professional service.
Above all, the BHA is committed to ensuring that visitors Belize receive quality service at a fair price
Mission & Vision
Board of Directors
Teodoro Tejada – GM – Best Western Plus Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel and President of the Belize Hotel Association.
In 2000 Mr. Tejada completed his Bachelor’s degree, in Business Administration, from the University of Belize. He immediately started his career at The Radisson Hotel where he worked as an intern in the accounting Department for three months. Soon after his internship, Mr. Tejada was employed at the Princess Hotel where he worked for six years in different capacities. In the summer of 2006, Mr. Tejada moved to the Best Western Biltmore Plaza as the Director of Sales and Marketing. In 2008, Mr. Tejada received an opportunity to work as the Director of Sales and Marketing and Assistant GM, at the Best Western Seven Oaks Inn in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. He enjoyed the opportunities Canada provided, but Mr. Tejada believed that he could contribute more in Belize, in the industry that he loves, which is Tourism. In 2014, Ted, as he is widely known, returned to Belize to manage the Best Western Plus Belize Biltmore Plaza, a position he currently holds.
In June of 2017 Mr. Tejada was elected as President of the Belize Hotel Association. That same year he was also selected to serve on the Airlift Committee and Economic Development Council of Belize. Mr. Tejada also serves as on the board of Sunrise Rotary, Belize Tourism Industry Association and Belize Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Tejada has also served on several boards namely The Breakfast Club of Regina, The Eastview Rotary Club, and The Hotel Association of Regina in different capacities.
1st. Vice President
Currently the Director of Operations at Muy’Ono Resorts, Belize’s largest collection of independent resorts, Reynaldo has only been in the hospitality industry for 3+ years, but his vast array of experience in operations management, customer service, finance, sales and marketing, public relations, technology and business process outsourcing has served him well and allowed him to quickly make a mark.
Reynaldo is also an avid sports enthusiast. He’s presently a co-owner of a semi-professional basketball club in the National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) and a former 2-time Manager of the Men’s National Football Team. In 2017, Reynaldo was the 1st and still 1 of only 2 Belizeans to complete post graduate studies in Sports Management at the University of the West Indies. Could there be some Sports Tourism in the future for Belize?
Mr. Rudy Gonzalez has in excess of twenty years of experience with Atlantic Bank Limited; where he has been given the opportunity to grow and experience the credit card department, credit department, customer care and several managerial positions at the bank. Mr. Gonzalez is now responsible for Atlantic Bank’s tourism sector, countrywide. He is presently a Board Member of the Belize Hotel Association. Both of these business organizations have exposed him to Belize’s tourism industry, where he plays an active role in promoting our country.
Born and raised in Belize, Roanne is a proud graduate of the University of Belize, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in the year 2000. Soon after, she started her career at Scotiabank (Belize) Ltd. During her 17-year tenure, Roanne held several positions and gained a wealth of knowledge.
In January 2018, Roanne joined the team at Tropic Air where she holds the post of Sales Manager. She was soon after selected to sit on the BHA Board. Roanne is eager to promote Belize and everything the country has to offer.
Anoushka Brandl has over 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry working with International chain hotels & private companies as well as small luxury brands. Her career has spanned the globe having worked in Mauritius, Maldives, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Belize to date.
Her experience includes, but is not limited to Operations, Reservations & Revenue and specializing in Sales & Marketing strategies and activation.
Anoushka is passionate about the dynamic environment that the hospitality industry generates and excels in decision making, planning, strategies, guest interaction and building strong teams to ensure efficient practices are followed with commercial gains .
Anoushka has successfully orchestrated Ka’ana Resort for the past 5 years, each year achieving more success.
In temporary absence of the General Manager, Anoushka oversees the hotel operations which requires a very dynamic management style and strong team to help activate initiatives.
She is a highly motivated and driven individual who does not give up easy. She has a strong general management background and commercial instinct. Anoushka feels that Belize offers the opportunity to continuously grow and learn.
Sherry is the Administrator at eData Ltd., and brings over 20 years of experience in her field. She is an enthusiastic and innovative professional with extensive experience in event management, product marketing, administrative and human resources. In her role as Administrator at eData she also contributes to the day-to-day business operations and long-term business development planning. She is passionate about event planning and developing, coordinating and managing meetings, workshops, seminars, trade shows, and corporate events as well as preparing and delivering presentations to clients on products developed by the company.
Sherry once held the post of Membership Administrator at the Belize Chamber of Commerce & Industry, where she was the lead organizer for the annual Expo Belize Marketplace and where she developed her passion for events planning and organizing.
Before joining eData Ltd., she was the Acting Business Development Director at Intelco where she was responsible for the overall management of all strategic and operational Marketing and Customer Relationship activities.
Interests: Decorating, crafting, event planning
Philosophy: “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.”
Sandra van Noord
Leisa Carr Caceres
Influenced by her dad “Ricky” Manzanero, one of Belize’s pioneering tour and birding guides, and debuting her tourism career at the tender and promising age of 20, Elsie Pacheco has successfully worked herself up from a front desk receptionist to front desk manager, sales & reservations administrator, and most recently promoted to business manager for one of Belize’s most recognized Eco Luxury Resorts, The Lodge at Chaa Creek. Elsie plays a key role in promoting Belize and Chaa Creek, traveling to several continents and countries to sell our people, culture, destinations and diversity, and does so proudly with love and appreciation for her country. When not traveling, Elsie is busy networking, keeping in touch with wholesalers and agents that sell Belize and actively promoting Belize via webinars, social media and international publications.
Hobbies involve traveling, photography, gardening and family events.
Marketing and Membership Manager
Simone Bell is responsible for the successful implementation of a comprehensive marketing, digital communications, and public relations programs to enhance the association’s image and position with the market place. She has a strong foundation in Hotel Management and over ten years’ experience in corporate branding, retail sales & marketing, event coordination, and small business ownership.