Hanging bridge over river in jungle of Rio Blanco National Park in Toledo Belize. GettyImages
As has been the trend in most Caribbean islands, the tourism industry in Belize is on an upward trajectory.
Statistics for the first half of this year show a persistent growth in both overnight and cruise ship arrivals.
The Belize Tourism Board said this positions the country as a favorite vacation paradise and underscores the effective marketing strategy by the BTB and its industry stakeholders in promoting the country as a leading tourism destination
At the end of the second quarter of 2019, there was a cumulative increase of six percent in overnight tourist arrivals for 2019 over 2018. June, the beginning of the offseason, experienced a slight dip of approximately 400 visitors in comparison to last year. At midyear a total of 284,576 visitors have experienced their diverse tourism destination and attractions, a release from the BTB said.
In the cruise sector, there were approximately 18,000 fewer visitors for June when compared to the previous year. The first half of 2019 cruise passenger arrivals, however, totaled an approximate 700,000 visitors. This is reflective of a 10.8 percent increase over 2018. Furthermore, there were seven more cruise ship calls in comparison to 2018.
In related news, the BTB has announced the completion of the 2018 Travel and Tourism Statistics Digest, an annual compilation of statistics on the Tourism Industry of Belize. The digest is available on the BTB website or by clicking the following link: