BELIZE TOURISM SETS ANOTHER RECORD IN MARCH AND IN FIRST QUARTER Tourism may be sliding in other parts of the world, but it's booming in Belize. Arrivals at the International Airport near Belize City set a record for March and for the entire first quarter of 2003. A total of 19,061 visitors arrived at Philip Goldson International Airport in March. This represents an increase of 16.6% when compared to March 2002, which had 16,347 tourist arrivals. Over the past few months, record arrivals at the PGIA have also been set for January and February with increases of 19% and 13% respectively compared to the same period last year. Tourist arrivals at the PGIA for the first quarter of 2003 account for a 16.1% increase compared to the first quarter of 2002. Cruise ship arrivals also saw another increase. March recorded a total of 54,151 passengers representing an increase of 148% over March 2002. During the first quarter, 159,012 cruise passengers visited Belize. These figures are from the Immigration Department and the Belize Tourist Board.

Lan Sluder/Belize First