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Belizean Tourism Industry Continues to Boom

LADB Article ID: 80252
Category/Department: Belize
Date: 2017-03-30
By: Louisa Reynolds

Belize recorded its highest level of overnight tourist arrivals in 20 years in 2016, while cruise tourist arrivals increased to over a million visitors, according to a report published by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) on Feb. 9. The country reported a total of 385,583 overnight tourist arrivals in 2016, a 13% increase over 2015. This figure follows increases of 6.2% in 2015 and 9.2% in 2014. Belize’s 13% increase was the fastest growth reported by any tourist destination in the Caribbean in 2016, a total increase of 44,422 visitors, year-on-year. Overall, tourist arrivals in the Caribbean increased by 4.2% in 2016, above the 3.9% global average. Most of the tourists who choose Caribbean destinations continue to be from the US, which accounts for half of all arrivals. In the specific case of Belize, the country’s tourist board reports that US visitors account for more than 60% of all visitors to the country, followed by Europeans (12%) and Canadians (7%). Other Caribbean destinations reporting the greatest increase in tourist arrivals are Dominican Republic, the British Virgin Islands, and Grenada.

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