Feature
A Tale of Two Archipelagos
What the Bay Islands Can Learn from Thailand’s Koh Tao


A Tale of Two Archipelagos <h5>What the Bay Islands Can Learn from Thailand’s Koh Tao</h5>

It’s always tempting to assume that the grass is greener on the other side of the fence (or the world for that matter). But if we look across the world at another set of small islands with similar characteristics to the Bay Islands and similarly dependent on tourism, we find they have similar problems. They may be doing better at managing some of them, but worse at others. The author shows us that sometimes, to learn more about ourselves, we have to walk a while in the shoes of somebody else.


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Roatan
Taste of West Bay Draws Double Turnout
Third Annual Restaurant Promotion Raises Funds for Roatan Marine Park


Taste of West Bay Draws Double Turnout <h5>Third Annual Restaurant Promotion Raises Funds for Roatan Marine Park</h5>

Organizers said 1,000 food tickets were sold in advance and 4,600 the day of the event.

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Utila
Utila NGOs Join to Educate Visitors
Inspired by the Roatan Marine Park banners that greet visitors to Roatan


Utila NGOs Join to Educate Visitors <h5>Inspired by the Roatan Marine Park banners that greet visitors to Roatan</h5>

The consortium hopes the campaign will generate a sense of ownership and empowerment within the local community.

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Guanaja
Missing Guanaja Youths Found off Belize
Ran Aground on Reef Six Days After Losing Engine


Missing Guanaja Youths Found off Belize <h5>Ran Aground on Reef Six Days After Losing Engine</h5>

The youths went out fishing May 6 with no cell phone and no food on board.

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My Voice
Robert Armstrong
Speaking Out
George Crimmin
Our Islands
Alfonso Ebanks
Utila Perspective
Gunter Kordovsky
Business
Zolitur Exemptions Back … Almost
Lack of Applicable Customs Codes Holds up Restoration of Benefits


Zolitur Exemptions Back … Almost <h5>Lack of Applicable Customs Codes Holds up Restoration of Benefits</h5>

Zolitur (Zona Libre de Turismo) was created by the Honduran Congress in 2007 to encourage tourism and investment on the Bay Islands by exempting eligible businesses from most taxes and import duties.

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Sports
Roatan Duo Come Home Winless
Chosen to Represent Honduras in Regional Tournament in Mexico


Roatan Duo Come Home Winless <h5>Chosen to Represent Honduras in Regional Tournament in Mexico</h5>

Etches and Brady were placed in a tough group, going up against Canada’s first team, the number two team from the US and El Salvador.

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Ecology
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
Seasonal Burning and Forest Fires Blot Out Bay Island Sun


Smoke Gets in Your Eyes <h5>Seasonal Burning and Forest Fires Blot Out Bay Island Sun</h5>

People visiting the Bay Islands in search of fun and sun in April and May were at times greeted instead by smoke and haze that might have made them think they had been dropped off in Los Angeles or Beijing by mistake.

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Interview
We’re Out to Maintain Harmony
Former Bay Islands Police Chief Gives Views on Keeping the Peace


We’re Out to Maintain Harmony <h5>Former Bay Islands Police Chief Gives Views on Keeping the Peace</h5>

“Where in the world where there is tourism is nobody going to steal your purse?”

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People
Marthel Watler Remembered
Memorial Service Held on Anniversary of Educator's Death


Marthel Watler Remembered <h5>Memorial Service Held on Anniversary of Educator's Death</h5>

Marthel Watler pioneered Intercultural Bilingual Education on the Bay Islands after the Honduran Congress made non-Spanish instruction legal in 1992.

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Culture
All in the Family
Roatan Clan Has Painting in its Veins


All in the Family <h5>Roatan Clan Has Painting in its Veins </h5>

Gladys Agustin, who sells paintings in West End, says all three of her sisters, her brother, both daughters and both parents paint for a living..

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A nosotros nos interesa saber que todo está en harmonía
Ex Jefe de Policias de las Islas Opina Sobre Sus Deberes


A nosotros nos interesa saber que todo está en harmonía <h5>Ex Jefe de Policias de las Islas Opina Sobre Sus Deberes</h5>

“En que parte del mundo donde hay turismo no le roban a Ud. una cartera, no le roban a Ud. un I-Pod, no le roban a Ud. un teléfono, no le roban a Ud. una computadora?”

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