The third quarter of 2014 has registered increases in tourist arrivals across the board. According to reports from the BTB, there has been outstanding growth in arrivals for both overnight and cruise ship tourism.
Overall for the first nine months of this year, overnight arrivals are up by 11 %; airport arrivals are up by 9.2% and cruise arrivals are up by almost 45%.
Historically, the third quarter is the slowest period for visitor traffic into the international airport of Belize. However, this year, there were arrival increases in every month of the third quarter through the PGIA.
Airport Arrivals for the third (3rd) quarter of 2014 has seen an increase of 3.9% compared to last year. July registered an increase of 6.0%, the highest increase for this quarter when compared to July 2013. Overnight arrivals for the third (3rd) quarter of 2014 has seen an increase of 8.8% over 2013.
Then there was a 106.8% increase in the number of cruise passenger arrivals in July, followed by over 40% and 90% arrival increases in the months of August and September, respectively.
With increases over forty percent for each month this quarter, it marks one of the best years for cruise visitor arrivals in Belize’s tourism history.