Travel and Tourism Statistics- Fourth Quarter 1996

Provided by The Belize Tourist Board

"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.

Tourist Arrivals at Philip Goldson International Airport
% increase

1996 Tourist Arrivals by Nationality (P.G.I.A.)
Central Am.4,5255.4
South Am.8721.0

Occupancy Rates By Area1996HotelsRoomsBeds
Belize District35.3608371322
Ambergris Caye33.5527281286
Caye Caulker19.533316490
Orange Walk26.810110171
Stann Creek19.237300491
Other Islands25.925277373

Average Room Rates By Area 1996 (BZ$ per night) & Revenue per Area

 Rate       Revenue per Area %
Belize District$117.4026.6
Ambergris Caye$201.1843.3
Caye Caulker$ 44.582.2
Cayo$ 91.2910.3
Corozal$ 66.061.1
Orange Walk$113.233.3
Stann Creek$ 80.063.4
Toledo$ 43.640.5
Other Islands$130.025.0
Overall$128.55 (was BZ$115.48 in 1995)

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