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#496688 - 10/11/14 11:00 AM Tourism Figures Improving
Marty Offline
The Belize Tourism Board has managed to compile the number of tourist arrivals for this year's third quarter, and according to the BTB, the numbers are up, when compared to last year.

Airport Arrivals for the last 3 months up to September 2014 totaled at 7,692, 76 more than last year. For the total 9 months, there have been 45,862 tourists who have arrived at the PGIA, 1,729 more than last year, or an increase of 3.9%.

Overnight arrives are also up by 5,248, or an increase of 8.8%, so are cruise passenger arrivals, which increased by 73,409, or 77%.

Today, BTB's Market Director told the media that it is a welcomed boost especially since the third quarter is part of the low season in Tourism:

Alyssa Carnegie, Marketing Director - BTB
"Arrivals for both overnight and cruise are doing very well for not only this month, but for this quarter. We've been up I believe 12.1%` this September over last September and I think we've done for cruise 90.1% increase this September over last September. So that's a tremendous indication to us how well the country is doing, how interested people are. For cruise it's really great. We have a schedule of calls that are made every year, so while the calls haven't increase, what we are seeing is that more and more people are getting off the ship. So that's a really good sign that they are interested to experience Belize and that they are engaging and interacting and liking that experience. For overnight we had 11,943 actual overnight arrivals and then for cruise 47,625 passengers who disembarked this past September. As so far as trends go, right now we are in what is considered the low season and we are still performing very well. I think a lot of our industry partners have been telling us that even though it's a slow season and they never had to close and maybe hold back a little bit for renovations or whatever they are doing - it's one of the best slow seasons they've had. So now we are heading into the high season and we are really excited about that because as you know Belize has never cross that threshold of 300,000 overnight visitors and we are really working hard to exceed that mark and we are very confident that we will be able to do that this calendar year in December. So we expect it to build and to build to a number that we've not seen before in Belize. We are very excited about that. I think all Belizeans should be happy about that."

As we've reported in the past, Cruise Tourism numbers had a sharp decrease in 2012, and then, there was a recovery last year with an increase of 30% when compared to 2012. Again, it has seen a sharp increase of 77% once again.

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#496692 - 10/11/14 11:10 AM Re: Tourism Figures Improving [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

BTB Says Tourism Arrivals Up

Many Belizeans are heading across the border this extended holiday weekend, but the number of visitors to the jewel is on an upward trend. The Belize Tourism Board called a press conference this afternoon to report that going into the high season, arrivals in overnight and cruise visitors were up in the third quarter of this year. News Five Isani Cayetano has the latest numbers from the BTB.

Isani Cayetano, Reporting

The beginning of the high season is still a few weeks ahead but the number of arrivals for both cruise and overnight tourists are up considerably.  By and large, the third quarter is often the slowest period for the influx of visitors to Belize; however, there are increases being recorded in both sectors.  Overnight arrivals have seen a total of forty-five thousand visitors disembark at the Phillip Goldson International Airport between July and September, while a hundred and sixty-seven thousand, six hundred and forty-eight cruises passengers have come ashore during the same period this year.

Alyssa Carnegie, Director of Marketing & Industry Relations, BTB

Alyssa Carnegie

“The arrivals for both overnight and cruise are doing really well for not only this month but for this quarter.  We’ve been up, I believe, it is 12.1% this September over last September and I think we’ve done for cruise 19.1% increase this September over last September.  So that’s a tremendous indication to us of how well the country is doing, how interested people are.  For cruise it’s really great because we normally see, we have a schedule of calls that are made every year, so while the calls haven’t increased what we are seeing is that more and more people are getting off the ships so that’s a very good sign that they are interested to experience Belize and that they are engaging and interacting and liking that experience.”

The increase in visitor experience in Belize is among the highest regionally, and according to Director of Marketing and Industry Relations Alyssa Carnegie, it will only improve as efforts are continuously being made to enhance the quality of Belize’s tourism product.

Alyssa Carnegie

“A lot of our industry partners have been telling us that even though it’s a slow season and they may have had to close and maybe hold back a little bit for renovations or whatever they’re doing, it’s one of the best slow seasons they’ve had.  So now we’re heading into the high season and we’re really excited about that because, as you know, Belize has never crossed that threshold of three hundred thousand overnight visitors and we’re really working hard to exceed that mark and we are very confident that we would be able to do that this calendar year in December.  So we expect it to build and to build to a number that we’ve not seen before in Belize and we’re very, very excited about that.  I think all Belizeans should be happy about that.”

And, that increase in arrivals should translate to economic activity among stakeholders in the industry.  For the average tour guide or vendor, more tourists quite often means more business.

Alyssa Carnegie

“We’re still trying to work on the number of, the amount of money that they actually spend per day, each tourist from cruise.  That’s different from what an overnight tourist would spend.  I’m not sure exactly as to the average a cruise [tourist] spends per day but I think it’s about maybe, I would say, seventy-five U.S. dollars.  So that’s really tremendous for us, just to put that into context.  The Dominican Republic, their overnight tourists pay seventy U.S. per night, we’re getting that from our tourists so they’re always asking us how do we do it?  In terms of the trickle down, I definitely, from what we’re witnessing it is impacting people.  We’ve realized the need to help to diversify the product a little bit more to make a lot more of the Belize experience accessible.  So it’s not just the similar, not just the same sites that are getting, you know, explored or utilized.  That we see some of that carry over and spill over to other sites throughout the country so the impact economically and the experience for the visitor as well is

heightened and improved.”

Isani Cayetano reporting for News Five.

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#496693 - 10/11/14 11:20 AM Re: Tourism Figures Improving [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

Tourist Arrivals Up for Belize according to BTB

The third quarter of 2014 has registered increases in tourist arrivals across the board. The outstanding growth in arrivals for both overnight and cruise have exceeded forecasted numbers for this quarter. Overall for the first nine months of this year, overnight arrivals are up by 11 %; airport arrivals are up by 9.2% and cruise arrivals are up by almost 45%.

Historically, the third quarter is the slowest period for visitor traffic into the international airport of Belize. However, this year, there were arrival increases in every month of the third quarter through the PGIA. Airport Arrivals for the third (3rd) quarter of 2014 has seen an increase of 3.9% compared to last year. July registered an increase of 6.0%, the highest increase for this quarter when compared to July 2013.

Overnight arrivals for the third (3rd) quarter of 2014 has seen an increase of 8.8% over 2013. Compared to last year, an increase of 12.1% in overnight visitors was recorded for September.

The cruise arrival numbers for the third quarter of 2014 have been consistently high. From July through to September, a 77.9% increase was recorded. There was a 106.8% increase in the number of cruise passenger arrivals in July, followed by over 40% and 90% arrival increases in the months of August and September, respectively. With increases over forty percent for each month this quarter, it marks one of the best years for cruise visitor arrivals in Belize's tourism history.

Director of Marketing & Industry Relations Alyssa Carnegie says that the growth in tourist arrivals is good news for Belize, “Seeing these impressive tourist arrival figures during the third quarter can only mean that we are putting in the work; the BTB, its sister agencies, and very importantly, our partners and the thousands of Belizeans who work in this industry. We know that visitor experience in Belize is one of the highest in this region, and that can only improve as we continue to elevate the quality of our product offerings and the level of service. It shows that we are moving in the right direction and that the work doesn’t stop here. There is room to grow these numbers across the board, and more so during the low season. This really is great news for Belize and we should all be proud.”




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