Tourism Arrivals Show a Steady Increase in 1st Quarter of 2017 Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 12 April 2017 00:00

The statistics for the first quarter of 2017 has shown a small but steady increase in tourism arrivals, even after an unprecedented growth in 2016. In a press release of Monday, April 10, the Belize Tourism Board said that this observance establishes Belize as a popular tourist attraction and destination and that it also shows that the stakeholders are working very diligently.

Overnight tourism saw a 2.7% increase by March of this year. March typically tends to be the summit of the tourism season in the country. Last March saw over 43,000 tourists while this March saw an increase to over 44,000. This total has made a record as the highest number of tourists to visit Belize within a single month.

The cruise tourism sector also increased in January and February 2017 by 24.2% and 22.7%, respectively, but had a decline of 13.1% in March. Despite the decline at the end of the quarter, this year’s overall total cruise tourism registered passengers has surpassed that of 2016.

According to the board, “These successes are accredited to the vigorous marketing and product development efforts of the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) and its Stakeholders in the tourism industry. With similar efforts and ongoing collaboration throughout 2017, it is expected that these increasing trends will continue both in the overnight and cruise sectors for the remainder of 2017 and beyond”.