Absolute blog: February 2023

Travel + Leisure’s A-List 2023

16 February 23


We all know what an A-lister is. But what is an A-lister in the Tourism & Travel Industry, and what does it take to become one of Travel + Leisure’s A-List Travel Advisors? We asked Absolute Belize’s Director, Patricia, about her most recent achievement.


Being a pioneer in the Belize Travel Trade Industry is a true privilege that I do not take lightly. In 2019, Rachael and I made it on Wendy Perrin’s WOW List of Trusted Travel Experts for Belize – oh, how we have evolved and flourished since then! I achieved Top Travel Specialist status on Conde Nast Traveler’s coveted list of travel connoisseurs worldwide in 2021. This year, Travel + Leisure published its 21st edition of A-List Specialists, and, for the first time, Belize has a dedicated specialist: Yours truly.

While becoming a T+L Specialist was far from easy – I was turned down the first time – I refused to quit trying. And even though many innovative, knowledgeable, and skilled specialists are on the list, I firmly believe no other specialist knows my country and people like I do. It is truly an honor to be among the world’s most outstanding travel planners!

As a result, Belize now has a born Belizean representing it in the luxury travel market! But what exactly does this mean for Belize? More visibility in the global arena, more diversity, and more authentic experiences – curated experiences that allow our clients to fully immerse themselves in our country, cultures, and heritage. Because Belize has so much more to offer than just the Great Blue Hole.

I truly appreciate our team and the fantastic partners I have had the pleasure of working with. You all make it possible for us to showcase the best of Belize. These accomplishments are not just for me; they are for all of us. Thank YOU!


Congratulations on such a monumental achievement, Pat! T+L’s A-List is live on their website and will appear in their March 2023 print issue on newsstands tomorrow, February 17, 2023.

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