Belize’s tourism sector is booming.
The country’s latest figures show one of the fastest-growing destinations in the wider Caribbean region, with a 16.5 percent increase in stayover visitors compared to the first half of 2015.
That represented a total of 213,430 visitors, the first time Belize has ever received more than 200,000 stayover visitors in the first six months of a calendar year.
All six months of 2016 showed double-digit growth, led by January, which saw a 24 percent increase in arrivals compared to January 2015.
The best calendar month for overall arrivals was March, when Belize received a total of 43,063 stayover visitors, itself a 10 percent increase over March 2015.
The United States is the main source market for Belize, with around 70 percent of Belize’s tourist arrivals.
This year has seen a 25.9 percent increase in US tourism.
“ The Tourism Industry in Belize continues to achieve impressive results and will work towards maintaining this increasing trend throughout 2016,” the country’s tourist board said in a statement.