Belize Reports Improved Third-Quarter Visitor Arrivals
Belize tourism stakeholders are hopeful the country’s strong September tourist arrivals augur for an improved year-end picture. Belize recorded 14,242 overnight visitors in September, a 19.3 percent increase over the same month in 2013 and part of a 6.9 percent increase in the country’s third quarter arrivals from July to September, Belize Tourism Board (BTB) officials reported recently.
In a statement, BTB officials attributed the arrivals surge to a 28.6 percent increase in U.S.-based visitors during that period. American travelers are utilizing improved air links to the country, including direct service from Los Angeles, Atlanta, Houston, Chicago, Miami and Dallas, BTB officials said. U.S. residents remain the country’s largest visitor source, accounting for nearly 65 percent of arrivals, said BTB officials.