Belize tourism industry registers record-breaking numbers for 15 consecutive months

Published on : Thursday, October 13, 2016

belize-tourism-industryBelize tourism industry registers record-breaking numbers in overnight arrivals every month, for 15 consecutive months from June 2015 to September 2016. There has been impressive double-digit increases of as much as 33 percent growth.


The first nine months of 2016 recorded a total of 293,622 overnight arrivals, a 16.4 percent increase over the same nine months of 2015, which had 252,329 overnight arrivals. The third quarter closed with with a 26.9 percent increase for the month of September 2016 over September 2015.


The US continues to be the largest source market, with 67.4 percent of the market share, followed by Europe and Canada, respectively.


Cruise arrivals resulted in 54,569 passengers for September 2016, representing a 20.6 percent increase over September 2015. Despite having 12 fewer cruise vessels arriving in Belize, inclusive of cruise calls cancelled due to Hurricane Earl, overall, cruise passenger arrivals recorded a moderate 1.3 percent increase for the first nine months of 2016.


And, further with the launch by WestJet Airlines on October 29 of direct flights between Toronto and Belize, the upward trend is anticipated to continue.


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