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“Tourism sector to break more records,” says BTB

Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2018. 4:26 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) at the release of its latest tourist arrival statistics this week said that the industry continues to set “unprecedented records” in 2018.

The first quarter visitor arrival statistics show increases on both overnight and cruise passenger arrivals, which were both already showing notable growth in the first quarter last year.

For the first time ever, there were over 55,000 overnight visitors during the month of March, representing an increase of 24.8% over the same period in 2017,” the BTB said.

The BTB said that the figure represented a record high for any month of the year and marks the apex of the tourism high season in Belize. The cumulative overnight increase for the first quarter of 2018 stood at 22.5% above what it was in 2017.

Cruise ship arrivals also registered an upward trend during the first quarter, with 143 cruise ship calls and almost 400,000 cruise passengers visiting Belize marking an increase of 4.6% increase over last year.

For the month of March, there were 46 cruise ship calls and over 132,000 cruise passengers arriving in Belize, an increase of 12.4% or 14,544 more visitors than the previous year. At the end of the first quarter, the overall increase in cruise visitors to Belize was 4.6%. The total arrivals included visitors to both Belize City and Harvest Caye.

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