Public archaeology in action: Creating sustainable cultural tourism development plans for the ancient Maya archaeological site of Minanha, Belize
Tourism is the largest industry in the world. Accordingly, many countries are heavily investing in the creation of archaeological parks for tourists. Belize is one such country. Located in Belize, Minanha is a unique ancient Maya archaeological site with immense tourism potential, which is presently under heavy threat from illegal looting, encroaching land development, and the fact that Belize has not yet taken any steps to ensure its conservation and/or development. Thus, the objectives of this study are to create three sustainable cultural tourism development strategies for Minanha, and to recommend to Belize that they implement the most appropriate one. To create these strategies, this study addressed four research questions, followed the “ideal” planning process, and collected data from texts, human subjects, and archaeological sites. In the end, this study recommends that the Government of Belize actualize a low investment development strategy for Minanha in order to ensure its sustainable and fruitful future.