Belize City- In the first 9 months of 2017, the tourism arrivals showed quite a positive trend.The latest statistics show there was a 7.9% increase in overnight arrivals in the month of September, representing an increase of over 1,400 visitors in absolute figures.
Arrivals through the International Airport increased only slightly, as the number of incoming flights were impacted by the threat of storms in the region in the early part of the month.
An increase in the arrival of visitors through the land borders in Northern and Western Belize assisted in these gains during September. The cumulative overnight arrival increase was 8.6% through the first 9 months of the year.
The third quarter (July to September) shows a 10.9% increase in overnight arrivals compared to the third quarter of 2016.
Cruise arrivals also showed a positive trend, with 5.8 % increase compared to arrivals in 2016. These numbers reflect visitors arriving to both Belize City and Harvest Caye Ports. Overall there has been a 3.7% increase in total cruise passenger arrivals through the first 9 months of the year and a 6.1% third quarter increase when compared to 2016.
Overall, visitors from the US continue to be the largest market. The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) said in a press release that they look forward to the continuing increase in arrivals for the remainder of 2017. BTB also said that they anticipated with the new West Jet route that will commence on November 3rd, 2017 between Belize and Calgary and the upcoming Air Canada route from Toronto in December 2017 will contribute to the ongoing growth in arrivals.