Canadian and South African developers merge to create a multibillion dollar paradise in Belize, Central America

    CALGARY, Dec. 13 /CNW/ - A consortium of Canadian and South African
Entrepreneurs have joined forces to create a multifaceted world-class
destination on the golden beaches of Belize. The founding pilot project,
Belizean Dreams, is a resounding success and the Alberta based development
group has embarked on a second project Hopkins Bay Resort, which consists of
private ocean-front villas that will offer five-star comfort beside the
longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere - unparalleled access to some
of the best scuba diving in the world "the Blue Hole" - the peace and
tranquility of an unspoiled tropical landscape - aquatic activities including
sea kayaking, fishing, daily visits to the spectacular Mayan ruins, the Jaguar
Preserve, Davis Falls, rain forest excursions and cave expeditions on inner
tubes for the adventurous.
    The Hopkins Bay development recently broke ground on the third phase of
precinct number one with plans to start construction on additional phases in
early 2008. The third phase is anticipated to be completed by September 2008.
The Hopkins Bay development has approximately 18 phases with the expected
completion by 2011. Units vary from one to three bedrooms and all feature
unobstructed views of the Caribbean Sea, kitchens with the modern
conveniences, natural stone and hardwood floors, custom cabinetry and wireless
Internet access. In addition to the miles of pristine beaches dotted with
mature coconut palms, the resort will soon offer a marina with access to the
Caribbean, as well as a wide range of amenities and fitness facilities.
    "Hopkins Village is an ocean side fishing community in an incredible
tropical location. As the resort is developed, the area will have all the
amenities of home." explains Rob Wilcox, director of sales for the resort.
"Canadians, and particularly Albertans, are very interested in Belize as an
investment opportunity. Belize itself is reason enough to make the trip, but
when you combine that with an ownership opportunity, people really get excited
about the possibilities."
    Belize is particularly attractive to North American investors and
vacation home seekers because of its stable, democratic government, easy
access from many major centers in the US and abroad and the fact that it is
the only officially English speaking country in Central America. Belize was a
British colony for more than a century and was known as British Honduras until
1973. Since gaining independence in 1981, it has remained a member of the
    Hopkins Harbor Ltd has entered into a strategic agreement with the South
African development team to manage all aspects of the Hopkins Harbor Real
Estate Development Group to create an integrated sustainable development
destination, which will include golf communities, retirement estates, resort
hotels, schools, shopping centers, residential estates and more. In addition,
a strategic agreement has been signed with the Glacier Lake Management
Corporation for the resort management and worldwide marketing of Hopkins Bay
Resort. Glacier Lake Management is a fully integrated resort Management
Company that successfully operates resorts in Canada and the Caribbean.
    "The idea is to not only bring the tourist traveller to Belize but to
encourage and promote commercial enterprise in the country as well," says
Wilcox. "South Africans and Europeans have a keen interest in the Caribbean
and they represent a strong market for investment in Belize."

    Hopkins Harbor Real Estate Development is a Belizean real estate
development and construction company in operation since 2005. The company's
management, with an experienced blend of personnel, operates a full service
development and construction company in Belize, Central America. The company
builds to international building codes and employs North American building
techniques and systems to create superior quality real estate developments.

For further information:

For further information: Rob Wilcox, Director of Sales, Hopkins Bay
Resort, (403) 605-2331 or toll free at (877) 467-2297, or visit Photos available
on request.

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