by Janice Seitzinger
This past week many noticed a camera woman and a sound man following around a tall, attractive woman as she went about being a "tourist" on Ambergris Caye. The TV show being filmed will bring Ambergris Caye into the homes of many potential tourists and, hopefully, many new travelers to our island.
The television program is Exotic Islands and airs on the Travel Channel. The show has a viewing audience of over 42 million households in the United States alone, as well as being aired in other countries. (The Travel Channel is not seen in San Pedro.) Each episode of the program focuses on only one island and shows viewers its many different aspects. Past episodes have featured such "exotic" island as Samoa, Iceland, Newfoundland and Zanzibar. Ambergris Caye will be the featured island on a show slated to air sometime in February.
Supermodel Hunter Reno, who has done extensive modeling including TV commercials for products including Loreal, Oil of Olay, and Aveda, hosts Exotic Islands. She recently appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno where she talked about her Exotic Islands show, and told Jay stories about growing up around her aunt, Janet Reno, the U.S. Attorney General.
Travel Belize of Boulder , Colorado provided travel coordinating and tour arrangements for the production staff. Accommodations were provided by the SunBreeze Hotel and airline travel was supplied by Tropic Air and American Airlines. A snorkeling trip was filmed on the Rum Punch with George Eiley, an Altun Ha river trip with Daniel Nuñez of Tanisha Tours, and diving was done with Rico Black. Nightlife in San Pedro was filmed including Hunter singing at Tarzans Karaoke Night. The crew wanted to film the Pier Lounge's famous Chicken Drop, but missed it when they had to spend their first night in Belize City due to a late arrival. Hunter was filmed driving a golf cart around the streets of San Pedro - golf carts were supplied by Ramon's Wheels, and meals were provided by Rasta Pasta Pizza Amor at the SunBreeze Hotel.
Editor's Note: The preceding article was written by Janice Seitzinger of Travel Belize and locally of Chill Men's Shop.
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