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In 2017, there was an increase in arrivals in all 12 months of the year, a feat that was only duplicated once before in 2012. In 2017, Overnight Tourist Arrivals also eclipsed 400,000 visitors for the first time in Belize’s history. Monthly overnight arrivals exceeded 44,000 visitors in March and surpassed 49,000 in December 2017.

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Tourism Digest 2018

Tourism Digest 2016

Tourism Digest 2017

Tourism Digest 2015


Tourism Digest 2014

The increase in overnight arrivals can be attributed to a variety of factors. In recent years there has been increased investment in tourism infrastructural development projects by the Government of Belize and private sector entities. There have also been improved marketing efforts spearheaded by the Belize Tourism Board in partnership with the private sector. Historically, these marketing efforts have been concentrated in traditional markets such as the United States, Canada and Europe. Recently, however, there has been an added focus on marketing Belize in other regions as well – specifically South America and Mexico. This has yielded positive results in relatively short order, as we have seen sharp growth in overnight arrivals from those particular regions of the world in 2017. Another major contributing factor to the increased overnight arrivals to Belize is additional airlift capacity, with new airlines offering seasonal direct flights from Belize to Canada. The introduction of WestJet from Calgary and Air Canada from Toronto has boosted overnight arrival numbers from Canada to Belize in recent months. Both airlines began service to Belize in late 2016 and late 2017 respectively. There was also the launch of two Southwest Airlines flights in 2017: one from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and another from Denver, Colorado.

In 2017, there was a total of 1,014,231 cruise passenger arrivals recorded. This represented a minor increase of 0.9% when compared to the total recorded in 2016. Notably, in each of the past two years, cruise passenger arrivals to Belize has exceeded one million visitors. The number of passengers arriving in both Belize City and Harvest Caye combined make up this total.

Cruise Arrivals 2016 vs 2017

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Overnight Arrivals 2016 vs 2017

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