Posted: Monday, October 8, 2018. 3:25 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: Belize and the rest of the Caribbean region have seen a significant increase in the number of tour arrivals from Canada as overall tour arrivals from the US have slipped and several countries continue to recover from several major hurricanes last year.
According to the Caribbean tourism Organization (CTO), the US market has been down by 15.8 percent through the first half of 2018. Visits from Canada, however, through the first six months of the year were up by 4.7 percent across the region, rising to a record 2.4 million visitors.
“When you consider the population of Canada as a whole is less than 40 million, that’s nothing short of remarkable,” CTO secretary general and CEO Hugh Riley said.
The regional trend was led by growth in Antigue & Barbuda (up 81.5 percent), Belize (up 43 percent), St. Vincent & the Grenadines (up 13.4 percent) and the Cayman Islands (up 10.3 percent). According to the CTO, 13 of 18 destinations reported an increase in arrivals from Canada.
Additional airline routes to the region including several direct flights from Canadian cities to Belize have contributed to the increase across the region.
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