Posted: Monday, January 25, 2016. 11:31 am CST.
By Aaron Humes: The statistics for arrivals in the tourism industry in 2015 are out and according to the Belize Tourism Board, these saw a strong growth of six point two percent over 2014 for overnight arrivals and a slight decrease for cruise ship arrivals.
Nearly 20 thousand more overnight visitors came to Belize in 2015. After a slow start, the industry picked up steam over the second half of the year, with November showing an increase of 33 percent, a national record, and December, the start of Belize’s high season, marking nearly 40 thousand arrivals, a mark never before reached in Belize.
The Board credits the new flights from Southwest and COPA Airlines for the increase in overnight arrivals; there are double the amount of South American visitors in the short time COPA has been in service.
Three quarters of all arrivals by overight visitors are by the airport, with that service increasing by 7 percent for the year.
Over 957 thousand tourists visited by cruise ship, with visits decreasing in October but rising again in November and December.
For 2015, there was only 1 call cancellation in the last quarter of the year amounting to a total of 3,070 less passengers arriving to Belize. Finally, in December, Belize received the newest Cruise line – the MSC Divina.
Americans continue to be our largest market for visitors, making up 63.1% of the overall arrivals. This is followed by Europeans at 12% and Canadians at 7%.
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