|In the early 1980's tourism in Southern Belize began
to be encouraged. The Maya people formed groups; To make proper accommodations
and resting places such as Cabañas, where meals are prepared at
a cheap rate; rooms also are available at a cheap rate. The Toledo Ecotourism
Association has undertaken to create places at important sites where tourists
can be accommodated in bird watching, sightseeing, waterfalls, caves, water
springs, ancient Maya monuments and many more.
The Maya began to adapt themselves to this new venture; more began to do work for tourist attraction; more and more places of importance are given priorities to be established.
Tourism has contributed financially to this venture. This has enabled both Maya ethnic groups to be involved and to participate as tour guides, some hotel owners, to sell food, embroidery, work of arts, carvings, sculptures weavings, baskets, cuxtals, bracelets of marking thread, clay products, pottery and many other products.
Tourism in Belize has generally contributed foreign earnings, Eventually Belize will be dependent on tourist earnings.