Impressive tourism arrivals figures again

October 13th, 2016

For 15 consecutive months from June 2015 to September 2016, the Tourism Industry of Belize has been experiencing record-breaking increases in overnight arrivals every month, with impressive double-digit increases of 33% growth.

It is now 9 months through 2016 and the tourism arrival figures continue to show this upward trend. The 3rd quarter is closing off with an incredible 26.9% increase for the month September 2016 over September 2015. Overall, the 1st 9 months of 2016 recorded a total of 293,622 overnight arrivals, a 16.4% increase over the same 9 months of 2015, which had 252,329 overnight arrivals.

Cruise arrivals were 54,569 passengers for September 2016, representing a 20.6% increase over September 2015. Overall, Cruise passenger arrivals recorded a moderate 1.3% increase for the 1st 9 months of 2016, despite having 12 fewer cruise vessels arriving in Belize, including cruise calls cancelled due to Hurricane Earl.

The largest market for Belize tourism is again the United States with 67.4% of the market share. The US is followed by Europe and Canada, respectively.

Destination Belize magazine unveiled

October 5th, 2016

Released on October 4, 2016, Destination Belize marks the first publication of the iconic magazine since 2014. The magazine is titled Travel Curious.

This is the official marketing magazine of the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA). The publication was successfully redesigned and re-branded through the efforts of McNab Publishing Ltd., the Belize Tourism Board and other tourism industry stakeholders.

The magazine will be distributed at the various points of entry to the country, as well as to BTIA members and tourism stakeholders.

Belize nominated for World Travel Awards

September 28th, 2016

The Belize Tourism Board announced that Belize has received 4 nominations in the World Travel Awards’ World Category.

Voting has officially been opened to be concluded on October 24, 2016. The Belize Tourism Board encourages everyone to go to www.worldtravelawards.com, register email address and vote for Belize. Travel Industry voters may apply to upgrade their account, after which 1 vote is equivalent to 2 votes.

In July, Ambergris Caye was named Mexico & Central America’s Leading Destination for the 2nd year in a row. Now Belize has an opportunity to win in 4 World categories wins that have been previously won by the Maldives, Dubai, Zanzibar, and Ecuador.

The World Travel Awards was founded in 1993 to recognize, acknowledge and reward excellence in the travel, tourism and hospitality industry worldwide. World Travel Awards is recognized globally as the hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.

Messi accused of using Belize Company for tax evasion

June 3rd, 2016

Lionel Andrés Messi, an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club Barcelona and the Argentina national team, and his father Jorge Horacio Messi are accused of using fake companies in Belize and Uruguay to avoid paying taxes on EUR 4.16 million of his income earned through the sale of his image rights from 2007-2009.

Lionel Messi’s former tax advisors came out in support of the 5-time World Player of the Year as his trial for alleged fraud continued in Barcelona, saying he never handled his wealth management.

Juarez, one of the partners at law firm Juarez Veciana which managed Messi’s tax affairs at the time was responsible for creating several companies in Uruguay, then considered a tax haven.

Messi’s father had hired the law firm as he had ongoing disputes with his then advisor who was managing the footballer’s image rights through a company based in Belize.

So, two offshore companies – Jenbril owned by Messi, and Frosyl where his father deposited his commissions as the player’s agent – are the main focus of the investigation.