MID YEAR STATISTICS SHOWS REMARKABLE TOURISM GROWTH

The latest statistics for the first half of this year show a remarkable and persistent growth in both overnight and cruise ship arrivals; positioning Belize as a favorite vacation paradise and underscoring the effective marketing strategy by the BTB and its industry stakeholders in promoting the country as a leading tourism destination.

The following is a breakdown of the latest figures for the first half of 2019 for both overnight and cruise ship arrivals.

MID YEAR 2019 REGISTERED A CUMULATIVE INCREASE OF 6% IN OVERNIGHT ARRIVALS

At the end of the second quarter of 2019, there was a cumulative increase of 6% in overnight tourist arrivals for 2019 over 2018. As the off-season approaches, June experienced a slight dip of approximately 400 visitors in comparison to last year. At midyear a total of 284,576 visitors have experienced our diverse tourism destination and attractions.

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CRUISE SHIP ARRIVALS REGISTER 10.8% INCREASE IN FIRST HALF OF 2019

While June reflected an approximate 18,000 less in cruise visitors when compared to the previous year; the first half of 2019 cruise passenger arrivals totalled an approximate 700,000 visitors. This is reflective of a 10.8% increase over 2018. Furthermore, there were 7 more cruise ship calls in comparision to 2018.

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In related news, the BTB is pleased to announce that it has completed the 2018 Travel & Tourism Statistics Digest, an annual compilation of statistics on the Tourism Industry of Belize. The digest is available on the BTB website or by clicking the following link:

BTB website: https://www.belizetourismboard.org/belize-tourism/statistics/