Belize’s Tourism Industry continues to grow, exhibiting record-breaking figures for 2017. According to the Belize Tourism Industry (BTB), overnight tourism arrivals registered 10.8% increase in 2017 when compared to 2018. Also on the rise was cruise ship arrivals, which registered a steady 3.7% this past year. Overall, BTB key performance indicators for tourism show a total of 427,109 visitors came to the country for the calendar year for 2017.
According to BTB’s report, 322,200 tourists arrived at Belize in 2017 via the Philip Goldson International Airport; an 8.1% increase when compared to the 298,157 figures of 2016. The remaining, 104,909 tourists registered to have entered the country via the Santa Elena Northern Border, the Western Border or through San Pedro Town’s international boat terminal. Similar to the figures of 2016, March and December remain the most active tourism months for the country, registering overnight arrivals of 44,475 and 49,131, respectively.
Of important note, Ambergris Caye remains the top tourism destination in Belize, welcoming a total of 181,443 visitors in 2017. This figure shows an 11.6% increase when compared to the 162,548 tourists that visited Belize in 2016. Other top destinations included Caye Caulker, which received 140,223 visitors and the Cayo district receiving 116,319 visitors. BTB also noted that Belmopan City saw a remarkable increase of 85.3% in tourist visitors with a total of 37,832 arrivals in 2017.
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