For the past ten months of 2017, the tourism arrivals to Belize has been showing a positive trend according to a statistics report issued by Belize Tourism Board (BTB) on Monday, December 4th. The latest report shows that from January to October of this year, there was a 6.79% increase in overnight arrivals with a total of 341,777 visitors, representing over 26,265 more visitors than in the same time last year. Further shown in the industry’s statistics are that Ambergris Caye continues to be the leading tourism destination in the country, hosting 25% of all visitors to the country.
While 2017 saw a larger diversity of foreign visitors from different counties, the United States of America continues to be Belize’s largest market for tourism. Approximately 224,467 Americans visited Belize this year, registering a 6.4% increase when compared to the same period in 2016.
The top destination in Belize was Ambergris with 145,205 visitors, closely followed by Caye Caulker with 112,218 visitors. As for Cayo and Placencia, they registered 93,088 and 50,460 visitors respectively. However, hotel occupancy across the country saw a .04% decrease in 2017 when compared to the same period in 2016. This is attributed to the increase of AirBnB and private home rentals in the country.
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