By Alexis R. Milan
Belize is seeing a decline in tourism arrival numbers this year, after years of strong growth, according to the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO). This is contrary to what the Belize Tourism Board reported earlier this year.
Belize received 129,316 tourist arrivals in the first four months of 2015, down 1.2 percent, compared to the same period in 2014, the CTO reported.
According to the regional organization, the reduction came in part due to a slight reduction in arrivals from the United States, down 1.3 percent, and an 11.7 percent reduction in arrivals from Canada.
The decline comes after Belize posted 9.2 percent year-over-year growth in arrivals in 2014 and 6.1 percent percent growth in 2013, according to CTO data.
Earlier this year, the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) announced that the country had seen a 7.9 percent increase in arrival numbers in the first quarter of 2015.
At the time, the BTB projected that Belize would see an increase in total arrivals in 2015 over in 2014, when we received record numbers. Last year Belize recorded 1.2 million tourist arrivals, the highest number yet.