Highlights — 28 February 2014 — by Kareem Clarke

According to the Belize Tourism Board (BTB)’s final figures for the last calendar year 2013, Belize’s overnight arrivals were up 6.1% and cruise tourist arrivals by 5.7%.

In a press release issued today, the BTB reported that there were a total of 223,510 recorded tourist arrivals at the Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA) in 2013 – an increase of 5.5% over the previous year.

Airport arrivals peaked in March, when 28,623 visitors flew to Belize. According to the BTB, this represents a 10.2% increase over March 2012.

The month with the largest increase of airport arrivals in 2013, though, was August, which recorded a 10.5 percent increase when compared to August 2012.

BTB’s Director of Marketing and Industry Relations, Alyssa Carnegie, says: “As we enjoy the highs of 2013, we anticipate that this year we will see even more growth, not just in the tourist arrivals, but also in the development and investments in Belize.”

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