Impressive tourism arrivals figures again

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.

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