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#506853 - 08/22/15 11:16 AM Tourism Figures Improving For June and July
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Recently, tourism figures have been very much in the news - and that's because for the first time in years, the numbers are going down ever so slightly. But, figures released today show that things started to pick up in June and July. After significant decline sin April and May, June showed a modest uptick of 1.6% and July was encouraging with 3.3% more arrivals. That puts the total figure for the year so far at less than a percentage point fewer arrivals than last year at this same time. That's about 1800 fewer visitors, and to explain it the BTB turns again to that tired line about Canadians not coming because their economy is in a slump and their dollars has devalued slightly. Problem with that argument is that it hasn't stopped those same Canadians form flocking in record numbers to Barbados which has the same currency peg as Belize. The only difference? Air Canada flies directly to that eastern Caribbean country.

After a record year in 2014, Cruise arrivals have been stable for 2015, and even registered a modest 0.2% growth.

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BTB releases latest tourism stats

After months of showing overnight tourist arrival decreases, the industry is finally beginning, according to the Belize Tourism board.

The Belize Tourism Board released the latest tourism arrival statistics on Friday. The data underscored that tourist arrivals for January to July have begun to show improvements, with overnight arrivals showing a 1.6 percent increase in June, and three percent increase in July.

Cruise passenger arrivals have shown an overall increase of 0.2 percent.

The BTB attributed 0.8 percent drop in cumulative arrivals through the first seven months of 2015, partially to consistent decreases in the number of overnight visitors from Canada.

Statistical indicators have pointed to Canada’s economy going through a downturn, according to the BTB noted.

Alternately, the data showed that the Cruise tourism arrivals saw significant increases. The increases were seen in January and March, with a 16.6 percent and 15.8 percent increase, respectively.

In February, cruise passenger numbers decreased by 2.7 percent because two cruise ship calls were cancelled due to weather conditions.

“It is important to note that 2014 was an outlier year in regards to summer months in the cruise industry, as deployments from other regions were redirected to Belize increasing the booking calls”, the BTB also mentioned.

Bookings for 2015 have since normalized and are still showing a cumulative increase of 0.2 percent, with projections of seeing a further increase. BTB emphasized that it is currently diversifying its marketing, working on marketing initiatives into South America and Europe.

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Tourist arrivals for January to July have begun to show improvements, with overnight arrivals showing a 1.6% increase in June, and 3% increase in July. Cruise passenger arrivals have shown an overall increase of 0.2%.

The 0.8% drop in cumulative arrivals through the first seven months of 2015, was partially attributed to the consistent decreases in the number of overnight visitors from the Canadian market. Statistical indicators have pointed to Canada's economy going through a downturn. Bob Michael stated (International Business Time) "The Canadian dollar fell to a three-week low against the US dollar on 30th June as data from Canada showed the economy contracted for the fifth straight month."

Cruise arrivals in 2015 have seen major increases in January and March, with 16.6% and 15.8% increase, respectively. February 2015 saw a slight decrease of 2.7% which resulted from the cancellation of two ships due to adverse weather conditions. It is important to note that 2014 was an outlier year in regards to summer months in the cruise industry, as deployments from other regions were redirected to Belize increasing the booking calls. The bookings for 2015 have maintained as scheduled and showed an increase of 0.2% cumulative.

The Belize Tourism Board projects that 2015 will see increase in overnight arrival numbers over 2014 and will continue to monitor global conditions, in the coming months. BTB is currently diversifying its marketing, working on marketing initiatives into South America and Europe.




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#506939 - 08/27/15 11:45 AM Re: Tourism Figures Improving For June and July [Re: Marty]
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Tourism Minister says drop in figures is no cause for alarm

Last week, figures of tourist arrivals were released and the statistics showed that there was a decrease in arrivals. Minister of Tourism, Manuel Heredia spoke about it saying that it is a normal occurrence.

Manuel Heredia – Minister of Tourism

“That is around the world is something that happens. The year before was an extremely exceptional year that not even the hoteliers or BTB expected to be that much and usually you will find that it won’t be as easy to repeat the same figure but yet when we look at the world tourism organization speaking to them they will tell you that if you can even maintain the figures that were of the previous year you are doing well.”

Within the Caribbean, concerns have been raised about sargassum that has been washing up on the beaches and the effects it has on the tourism industry. Minister Heredia said Belize is not at risk; however it is still a small problem.

Manuel Heredia – Minister of Tourism

“It has to be a problem because whenever you cannot keep your beaches 24 hours a day as white as they used to be it is indeed a problem. There are some of the tourists that will come specifically to bathe in the shallow waters right in front of the beach of their resort hence it is a problem but again the industry realizes that we all have to come together and make sure that we can address it as best as possible. Again it is a regional problem if you see on social media Cancun is worse than Belize, four feet deep and I believe almost one hundred feet out. I think it is St. Martins they had to close the beaches because it was unmanageable so Belize as a whole is doing well and the beauty of Belize is that if we can pull together resources and make sure that we can address it as best as possible that is why I believe Belize is a paradise.”

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Minister Heredia Explains Drop in 2015 Tourist Arrivals

Late last week, the Belize Tourism Board issued the figures for tourist arrivals for the period of January to July of 2015. When compared to last year, the report says that there has been an increase of one point six percent in June and three percent in July for overnight arrivals to the Jewel; an overall zero point two percent improvement was also seen in cruise passenger arrivals for both months. But while the figures improved in the summer months, there is a zero point eight percent drop in cumulative arrivals through the first seven months of 2015. This, says the report, was partially attributed to the consistent decreases in the number of overnight visitors from the Canadian market. Still yet, the B.T.B. is projecting that 2015 will surpass the overnight arrival numbers over 2014. Today, News Five asked Minister Heredia to crunch the numbers.

Manuel Heredia Jr., Minister of Tourism

“Yes indeed, there is no doubt. That is around the world…it is something that happens. The year before was an extremely exceptional year that not even the hoteliers and B.T.B. expected that year to be that much and usually you will find that it will not be easy to repeat that same figure the following year. But yet when you look at the World Tourism Organization, speaking to them, they will tell you that if you can even maintain the figures that were there the previous year, you are doing good. And in Belize, if I am not mistaken, the overall from January to July was point zero-eight of a percent only that the difference between one year and the other. I believe that even though there are little factors, one that I can say and you mentioned that privately a while ago, the sargassum has been a minimal part of that one because our beaches for almost two years has been practically twenty-five, thirty feet wide…the beaches of Belize with that sargassum. When it comes to crime, we are very fortunate and lucky that it has been very minimal when it comes to the tourism industry. We are very lucky and hence the reason for trying to support the police to ensure that no tourist is hurt, no tourist is assaulted because that can really hurt the industry.”

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