Belize Tourism Board , Belize City, Wednesday, 12, July 2017 - Maintaining a steady and brisk growth path, overnight tourism arrivals have again registered a positive trend for the first half of this year. The latest statistics show that the month of April registered the highest overnight arrivals (24.2%) compared to the same month last year followed closely by June with a 10% growth. There was also an overall growth of 7.8% in tourism overnight arrivals for the second quarter of 2017. This is a clear affirmation that Belize continues to attract an increasing number of travelers as a ‘must visit’ destination.
The following is a breakdown of the most recent statistics.
Overnight Arrivals Remain Positive
The trend of overnight arrivals remained positive through the first six months of 2017, with 7.8% growth in overnight arrivals overall, and 10% growth in the month of June. June 2017 had the highest arrival total for a June month in history, with over 37,600 overnight visitors. Over the past 5 years, overnight arrivals in June have rivaled the figures seen in the high season month of January. This trend suggests a possible expansion of the number of months that are traditionally recognized as high season months for tourism in Belize.
Second Quarter Shows an Over All Increase of Cruise Passengers
In June 2017, there were over 47,000 cruise passengers visiting Belize with a total of 13 cruise calls. The number of actual arrivals for June exceeded forecasted arrivals but did not reach the level of 2016. However in the first half of the year, there has been an overall increase of 3.1% in total cruise passenger arrivals. Arrivals for 2017 includes visitors from both the seaports in Belize City as well as arrivals to Harvest Caye in the south.
The Belize Tourism Board reiterates that these latest statistics not only provide a very positive outlook for tourism arrivals for the remainder of this year and beyond, but they also represent the successful efforts of the industry in marketing and promoting Belize as a growing, viable and attractive tourism destination.