Belize Tourism History
The number of Tourism arrivals increased during this decade probably because foreign operations began working in Belize. The operators included: Mau Pintor, Trav Cao, Four Winds, who came primarily to visit San Pedro, and Questers, who conducted bird watching tours. Belize was becoming known as one of the top dive destinations in the world and the majority of tourists were visiting San Pedro. As a matter of fact, Jacques Costeau came in his famous boat, the Calypso, and explored the Blue Hole. Belize received significant publicity from Costeau’s visit and San Pedro saw an increase in the number of visitors to its shores, which led to a spill over of visitors to the mainland. 1975 saw the beginning of dive boats working in Belize. The first of these were Isla Mia, owned by Jonathan Trom and Reef Roamer owned by Ray Bowers.