About the Project

Unique Belize is a result of funding from the European Union via the Belize Rural Development Program II (BRDP II) to finance the project entitled “Making Tourism Benefit Communities Adjacent to Archaeological Sites (MTBCAAS).” Co-financing was provided by the Government of Belize through the Ministry of Tourism (the Belize Tourism Board and the National Institute of Culture and History). The project was implemented by the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) and the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) through a Project Execution Unit housed at the BTB offices. The Project was officially launched in October 2014 and was established to develop product branding, marketing and quality control mechanisms including relevant training of local Artisans for locally produced arts and crafts sold at or near nine (9) archaeological sites across the country of Belize. The objectives of the project were:

  • To improve economic opportunities in rural communities and contribute to the reduction of poverty;
  • To enhance the tourism experience through improvements in tourism infrastructure and services at selected sites;

At present, our mission is to market and sell high-quality local-made handicrafts from across the country of Belize while showcasing the raw talent of our local Artisans by providing a platform of professional and economic growth to the selected Artisans who become a part of our brand. We seek to identify master Artisans in an effort to provide support to them by creating an ideal space for the sale and development of their crafts.

Under the Belize National Cultural Policy, we have a mandate to:

  • Provide resources for the revitalization of skills in craft-making that are in danger of disappearing through effective utilization of remaining custodians and practitioners of such traditional skills;
  • Provide technical support to programmes in intergenerational transmission of traditional skills in the production of marketable Belizean crafts;
  • Facilitate the establishment of mechanism of financing micro enterprises and cottage industries that utilize traditional skills;
  • Provide support in the identification of local and international markets for Belizean crafts to ensure continued practice of such traditional skills;