btbThe latest tourist arrivals statistics for the first seven months of the year were released this morning by the Belize Tourism Board. The figures reveal that overnight arrivals had a 1.6% increase in June and 3% increase in July. The BTB statistics also indicate that Cruise passenger arrivals show an overall increase of 0.2%. The official press release from the BTB says that “the 0.8% drop in cumulative arrivals through the first seven months of 2015 was partially attributed to the consistent decreases in the number of overnight visitors from the Canadian market.”

On the Cruise tourism side, the BTB says that there were “major increases” of 16.6% in January and 15.8% in March of this year. A “slight decrease” of 2.7% was registered for February due to the cancellation of two ships “due to adverse weather conditions.”

BTB notes with importance that 2014 was an outlier year in regards to summer months in the cruise industry, as deployments from other regions were redirected to Belize increasing the booking calls. The bookings for 2015 have maintained as scheduled and showed an increase of 0.2% cumulative. The BTB release ends stating that the Board is projecting an increase in overnight arrivals for 2015 as it continues to diversify marketing “working on marketing initiatives into South America and Europe.

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