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Expansive Points of Reference: Belize

Belmopan was created as the new capital of Belize after half of the former capital, Belize City was devastated from Hurricane Hattie in 1961. The location of the new capital was based on it’s limestone substratum and good natural drainage, with no shallow water tables. 1


Senegal has currently been undergoing a similar decentralization of its major capital for other congestion reasons. There is a great deal of money pouring into Senegal from China and through Eurobonds. Whether it’s Blockchain, stronger human networks, or getting more blood circulating into your extremities, decentralization seems to be a recurring theme of success in a variety of theatres. 2


Belize backs Taiwan’s claim of independence from China and receives financial aid from Taiwan. 3

Tourism in Belize is up over 17% this year. 4


The Belizean government built their tourism destinations slowly but intentionally, creating a desirable real estate market with a fairly low cost of entry and no estate or capital gains taxes. They understand that when you draw luxury ownership, the market grows, and luxury tourism follows. Leonardo DiCaprio’s eco-resort has been transforming backpacking Belize into a luxury holiday destination. A “qualified persons retirement programme” has also encouraged high-net-worth individuals to become full-time residents. 


This same article also mentions that Belize is desirable because it is outside of the Hurricane belt. 1961 is not that long ago. History may not guarantee future performance, but it’s guaranteed to make you smarter and more informed to make better Expansive Planning decisions. 5


+ These expansive points of reference are intended to enhance neuroplasticity, positive thinking, empathy and situational awareness – to supplement the mainstream with some upstream.

Geoffrey Hill

Raisonné & Hammer Price Corporation


1.    “Belize, A Concise History”, Thomson

2.    https://qz.com/africa/1352926/will-senegals-diamniadio-city-solve-dakars-problems/

3.    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-belize-diplomacy-taiwan/taiwans-president-lauds-belize-amid-dwindling-support-idUSKBN1L3001

4.    https://www.caribjournal.com/2018/08/06/belize-sees-continued-growth-in-tourism-arrivals/#

5.    https://www.scmp.com/magazines/style/travel-food/article/2138373/dicaprios-eco-resort-just-one-delights-backpacking


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