The Belize Tourism Board issued its statistics for tourist arrivals yesterday which shows that the Tourism sector has been experiencing significant upsurges on a monthly basis particularly in overnight arrivals since June of last year up to September of this year.
Though nine months have passed by in 2016, the arrivals continue to display an ascending trend, ending the third quarter of this year with a total of 26.9% increase for the month of September as opposed to that of September last year. Overall increases for the first nine months in 2016 amounted to a sum of 293,622 as it relates to overnight visits marking it an increase of 16.4% compared to last year.
Cruise arrivals have increased by 20.6% with a total of 54,569 passengers for September 2016. For the first nine months of this year, the overall Cruise passenger arrivals recorded a 1.3 % growth. The BTB reported that the United States continues to be the industry’s largest market followed by Europe and Canada.
As the BTB prepares to welcome West Jet Airlines with direct flights between Toronto and Belize scheduled for the 29th of October, It is anticipated that the tourist arrivals will continue to escalate for the remainder of the year.
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