Sources at the Belize Tourism Bureau (BTB) confirm that the Crimson Orchid Inn has been given an “Action Letter” and was ordered to shut down in early April.
In an April-2019 raid of the Crimson Orchid Inn, the BTB chose not to immediately close the Crimson’s doors as it was full at the time with a yoga group from North America. The BTB reports that given their mandate to promote tourism, “they didn’t want to unnecessarily punish innocent travelers that happened to select a rogue proprietor that was not abiding by the rules; seemingly for a decade or more.”
The raid was part of an ongoing effort to crack down on rogue hotel businesses that fail to comply with standard regulatory requirements.
Central America News Network sources have learned that the Crimson has been fined, instructed to remove its fraudulent BTB posters from the walls, and must register with the BTB within a short period of time. Sources also allege that the Crimson is behind on its annual filings with the Department of Corporations and that they have failed to pay business taxes for many years.
The Central America News Network will continue to follow this developing story.