A statistic information about tourists visiting Belize

Tourism in Belize has grown considerably recently, and it is now the second largest industry in the nation. Belizean Prime Minister Dean Barrow has stated his intention to use tourism to combat poverty throughout the country. The growth in tourism has positively affected the agricultural, commercial, and finance industries, as well as the construction industry. The results for Belize's tourism-driven economy have been significant, with the nation welcoming almost one million tourists in a calendar year for the first time in its history in 2012.

Tourist Arrivals in Belize increased to 1177056 in 2015 from 1168742 in 2014. Tourist Arrivals in Belize averaged 906036.62 from 2003 until 2015, reaching an all time high of 1177056.00 in 2015 and a record low of 721103.00 in 2003.

According to the Belize Tourism Board, 1.3 million tourists visited Belize in 2015. Out of that number, the majority, 957,975 were cruise passengers and 341,125 were overnight tourists.International tourism, the number of arrivals in Belize was reported at 386000 in 2016, according to the World Bank collection of development indicators, compiled from officially recognized sources. International inbound tourists (overnight visitors) are the number of tourists who travel to a country other than that in which they have their usual residence, but outside their usual environment, for a period not exceeding 12 months and whose main purpose in visiting is other than an activity remunerated from within the country visited. Belize has seen its overnight European tourism arrivals between January-June 2017 increase by 9.1 per cent year on year, registering a positive trend for the first half of this year and demonstrating a steady growth for tourism numbers.

The latest statistics indicate that April has seen the highest level of growth, with overnight arrivals increasing by 24.2 per cent year on year, compared to April 2016, closely followed by the month of June with a ten per cent growth year on year.

Over the past five years, overnight arrivals in June have rivalled January figures, which is Belize’s high season.

This suggests that the traditional high season period is expanding across to be more throughout the year.

The latest statistics provide a very positive outlook for tourism arrivals for the remainder of 2017.

It also demonstrates that Belize is a growing, viable and attractive tourism destination to an increasing number of travellers, while positioning itself as a must visit destination.

The number of European arrivals in Belize for the first half of 2017 has risen by 9.1% year on year.

Overnight European tourism arrivals, as they are recorded, also show a bigger increase, of 24.2%, in April 2017 against the same month in 2016.

June saw a 10% year on year increase in visitors, and the month now rivals January, its traditional high season, for arrivals.

The Belize Tourism Board says this shows the country is more of a year-round destination.

When data on a number of tourists are not available, the number of visitors, which includes tourists, same-day visitors, cruise passengers, and crew members, is shown instead. Sources and collection methods for arrivals differ across countries. In some cases, data are from border statistics (police, immigration, and the like) and supplemented by border surveys. In other cases, data are from tourism accommodation establishments. For some countries number of arrivals is limited to arrivals by air and for others to arrivals staying in hotels. Some countries include arrivals of nationals residing abroad while others do not. Caution should thus be used in comparing arrivals across countries. The data on inbound tourists refer to the number of arrivals, not to the number of people traveling. Thus a person who makes several trips to a country during a given period is counted each time as a new arrival. 

Tourism: Belize has large array of diverse tourists, adventure tourists and eco-tourist attractions. The Belize Barrier Reef (second largest in the world), over 450 offshore Cayes (islands), excellent fishing, safe waters for windsurfing, swimming, cave rafting, boating, paddleboarding, scuba diving, and snorkelling, numerous rivers for rafting, and kayaking, various jungle and wildlife reserves of fauna and flora, for hiking, bird watching, and helicopter touring, as well as many Maya ruins—support the thriving tourism and ecotourism industry. Of the hundreds of cave systems, Belize also holds the largest cave system in Central America, 544 species of birds, and well-preserved natural beauty. Despite all this, it is still among the least visited country in the region.
Development costs are high, but the Government of Belize has designated tourism as its second development priority after agriculture. In 2012, tourist arrivals totalled 917,869 (with about 584,683 from the U.S.) and tourist receipts amounted to over $1.3 billion. Tourism is the domain of the Ministry of Tourism, within which the Belize Tourism Board works as a link between the private and public sector.

The tourism industry is an important part of the economy of Belize, in 2007 contributing to over 25% of all jobs, and making up over 18% of the GDP. This constituted 590 million BZD (295 million USD), according to the Belize government, up 90 million BZD (45 million USD) from the year before. Important tourist attractions in Belize include the natural attractions of land and sea, making the areas important in Ecotourism, as well as the historic ruins of Belize's Pre-Columbian Maya civilization.

Popular tourist destinations include San Pedro Town and Caye Caulker, both located about 70 km and 40 km east off the coast of Belize, both situation only a few miles from the Barrier Reef at any point. They have been regarded as a "tropical paradises" by the Los Angeles Times.[8] Cruise ships have been docking in Belize City, and average 850,000 tourists alone every year, some who partake in tours to nearby districts as well as the colonial city.


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