The Belize Tourism Board’s most recent report for total tourism arrivals (exclusive of cruise passengers), from all border points for the months of January through March 2005 indicated an increase of 4.9% percent over the same period in 2004. In total, Belize was host to 76,179 overnight visitors, surpassing the 72,629 recorded in 2004.
The Philip Goldson International Airport, Belize’s main port of entry for overnight visitors, documented 58,398 visitors for the months of January through March 2005 compared to 51,956 visitors for the same period last year. This represents a 12.4% increase over the same period in 2004.
Subsequently, the cruise sector welcomed 165 ships to Belize’s port during the months of January through March 2005, accounting for 314,243 passengers. This accounts for a 36.7% increase over the same period last year.
“Efficiency and output are fundamental principles at the Belize Tourism Board,” comments Tourism Director, Tracy Panton.
“The tourism board will continue to work conscientiously to develop local and international initiatives in order to increase the country’s exposure as a first-class adventure destination. We are cognizant of the industry’s concerns on the negative impact to the sector during the recent shut down of the telecommunications network and we will continue to work in partnership with the private sector to minimise any prolonged effects. We have to remain vigilant and be able to initiate quick responses in times of crisis.”