Belize Tourism Statistics
Formally known as British Honduras, Belize is an independent country on the eastern coast of Central America
Data gathered and compared between 2014 and 2015 show that Belize is steadily growing in popularity for overnight visitors. One of its leading airports, Philip Goldson Airport recorded a 75.02% of overnight sector in 2015. This figure shows a 7% increase compared to 2014.
In the year 2015, Belize had a record improvement with overnight arrivals increasing in every month in comparison to 2014 with September recording 19.3% increase, October 22.1%, November 33% and December 22.5%. South American visits increased by 50.4% when compared to 2014. The total increase in airport arrivals for 2015 was 7%
In terms of cruise arrivals, 2015 had 957975 arrivals of which this was a drop by -1% compared to 2014. In the last quarter of 2015, October recorded a drop of 29.2% but an increase in November of 9.2% (representing 81113 passengers) and in December of 1.6% (143598 passengers). The comparison was done with the respective months in 2014.
According to Belize Tourism Board, 1.3 million tourists visited the country in 2015. Out of that number, 957975 were cruise passengers and 341125 were overnight tourists. There was an increase of 6.2% of overnight visitors in 2015 as compared to 2014.
75% of the total visitors were from the USA, 12% from Europe and 7% Canadians.
In 2016, as reported by the Son Pedro Sun, Belize saw a 13% increase in overnight visitors. The current numbers are the largest ever witnessed in the last 20 years. These numbers are bound to increase following the announcement of direct flights from the USA.
Cruise tourism recorded a 4.9% growth in comparison to 2016. This was greatly attributed to the launch of Harvest Caye in November 2016.
In addition, the New York Times listed Belize in their annual list of 52 places to visit in 2017.
Belize has a number of waterfalls, some of which are among the longest in the world like the Thousand Foot Fall.
The Great Blue Hole is regarded as a prime ecotourism destination.
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