"Complete statistics on tourist arrivals are not yet available from the Immigration Department particularly on land arrivals. Air arrivals at Philip Goldson International Airport numbered 83,756 in 1996, representing a decrease of 4.8% over air arrivals in 1995. Analysis by quarter showed that air arrivals increased over the first and fourth quarter by 4.0% and 2.3% respectively, but decreased over the second and third quarter by 18.2% and 9.3% respectively. Comparison by seasons shows that air arrivals increased by 4.7% during the high season (January to March, and November to December), but decreased by 14.!% during the low season (April to October). Air arrivals represent approximately 70% of all tourist arrivals.
Hotel Statistics - Hotel Room Revenue reported in 1996 amounted to BZ$35.9 million, an increase of 4.8% over reported revenue in 1995. Analysis by season show that reported room revenue increased by 5.3% and 4.0% during the high and low season respectively.
Average Nightly Room Rate reported in 1996 was BZ$128.55, representing an increase in all areas except Corozal District during 1996. The large increase in room rates (11.3%) during 1996 contributed to the increase in hotel room revenue (4.8%) despite the fall in air arrivals (4.8%).
Average Room Occupancy Rate in 1996 was 27%, compared to 29% in 1995. Room Occupancy decreased in all areas during 1996, except for Belize and Stann Creek Districts.
|Occupancy Rates By Area||1996||Hotels||Rooms||Beds|
|Rate||Revenue per Area %|
|Caye Caulker||$ 44.58||2.2|
|Stann Creek||$ 80.06||3.4|
|Overall||$128.55 (was BZ$115.48 in 1995)|