BELIZE CITY, Belize --- Most of the damage in Belize from Hurricane
Keith, downgraded now to a tropical dpression, is concentrated on
the islands of Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker, two prime tourist
and dive areas north of the capital in the Caribbean.
More than 25% of the country's hotels are on Ambergris Caye,
primarily near the main town of San Pedro.
Tourism minister Mark Espat said that the islands' residential
areas took the heaviest hit. Hotels facing the offshore reef
sustained wind and water damage.
Many of the hotels were closed for seasonal renovations for the
winter season. Espat said that cleanup of both islands "will take
several weeks. I expect that all hotels and resorts will be open
for business by Thanksgiving or before."
The coastal tourist area of Placenia, south of Belize City, had
Hotels in Belize City were not damaged and flights have resumed
at Philip Goldson International Airport in Belize City.