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2018 An Outstanding And Record Breaking Year For Tourism Arrivals

Key strategic marketing initiatives by BTB to promote the country as one of the world’s best tourism destinations, propelled by the addition of new international flights are among some of the salient factors that have made 2018 an outstanding and record breaking year for both overnight and cruise tourism arrivals to Belize.  

The latest statistics reveal that 2018 not only registered a 14.6% growth in overnight tourist arrivals, but it was one of the largest increases in the last decade. In addition, cruise arrivals again surpassed the 1 million mark for the third consecutive year, representing a 19.1% increase over 2017.


2018 was a very successful year for overnight tourism in Belize. There was a 14.6% increase in overnight arrivals  in  2018,  which  translates  to  an  increase  of  over  62,000  overnight visitors.  The total overnight arrivals to Belize is now only about 10,000 short of reaching half million visitors for the year. In addition to this significant increase of 14.6%, the past three years have been all double digit increases. Furthermore, in the last 10 years, overnight arrivals have more than doubled in growth from 232,249 in 2009 to 489,261 in 2018.

2018 An Outstanding And Record Breaking Year For Tourism Arrivals


In  2018,  total  cruise  passenger  arrivals far surpassed  1  million  visitors, with  over  1.2  million cruise passengers arriving  in  Belize.  This  represented  an  increase  of  19.1%  or  over  190,000  more  cruise passengers  than  2017.  In December alone, cruise visitors totaled over 150,000 for the month; being the largest arrivals for any one month, since cruise tourism started in Belize.

2018 An Outstanding And Record Breaking Year For Tourism Arrivals

Belize  offers  an  extensive  array  of  attractions  and  adventure  to  the  visitor.  The country is strikingly beautiful, tropical and exotic; its excellent cuisine, breathtaking adventures and diverse culture continue to captivate the explorer, wishing to relax and enjoy the beauty of this vacation paradise, now rated as one of the world’s leading tourism destinations.

The BTB reiterates its unwavering commitment to continue working with our valued partners and stakeholders in executing innovative strategies to market, develop and enhance Belize’s tourism product. Belize, a Curious Place!

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