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Posted: Wednesday, December 30, 2020. 6:06 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: After grinding to a halt back in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Belize’s tourism industry got on the road back to recovery in October with the reopening of the Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA); however, the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) says that visitors are only trickling in.

BTIA President  Stewart Krohn, in an interview with Channel 5 this week said that, despite improvements since the airport reopened, Belize is not seeing anything close to the arrivals it was seeing at the same time last year.

“November was better than October and December is somewhat better than November,” Khron said. “But in terms of absolute numbers, when you compare the state of the industry today, this should be the very peak of our season, it’s just a shadow of what it was a year ago.”

He stressed that while changes fluctuate between destinations and properties countrywide, the number of visitors coming into Belize is around 10-15 percent of what it was in December 2019. Krohn also noted that recovery from the pandemic was made even more difficult as many industry stakeholders were met with several problems, such as mass cancellations and refund requests, at the start of the pandemic.

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