Record-Breaking Tourism Prompt Airport Upgrades

Record-Breaking Tourism in 2024 Prompt Airport Upgrades

 

After seeing Record-Breaking Tourism in Q1 of 2024, the volume of inbound overnight tourism has led to proposed airport upgrades.

Data from the Belize Tourism Board shows that there were 511 international flights in March 2024 and more than sixty-nine thousand visitors.

The month of March 2024 was record-breaking for Belize tourism. Increased visitors to Belize means an increased demand for the facilities at the BZE Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA). To address that need there is an ongoing, long-term project for the upgrade of the PGIA.

Tourism in Belize closed out the month of March with a record-breaking number of visitors. The increased inflow of visitors surpasses 2019, which is the benchmark year for Belize Tourism. However, increased visitors to Belize means an increased demand for the facilities at the BZE Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA).

To address that need Minister Mahler said that there is an ongoing, long-term project for the upgrade of the PGIA.

Anthony Mahler (Minister of Tourism) said that marketing efforts are being ramped up in Mexico and South America, but the airport upgrades are important since the United States remains Belize’s number one tourist market.

Currently Americans (from the US) make up 69.3% of Belize tourism in 2024.

Belize along with the BTB (Belize Tourism Board) are increasing the marketing efforts attracting regional tourism and tourism from Latin American markets. While also expanding the reach and accessibility of the primary Belize Tourism markets of the US & Canada.

Belize has shown impressive tourism numbers through 2023 and now record breaking in 2024 due to quick and clever travel regulations and practices put into place. Belize has also improved the accessibility with more non-stop direct flights and increased number of airlines (and destinations).

2024 has been a record-breaking year for Belize tourism! In Q1 2024, Belize has seen record-breaking tourism arrivals (January to March 2024).

This indicates that year-to-date, Belize Overnight Tourism has had a record-breaking numbers and the highest volume in the countries tourism history.

 

 

 

Belize Overnight Tourism Arrivals in 2024

 

January 2024 Overnight Tourists: 57,628

February 2024 Overnight Tourists: 59,067

March 2024 Overnight Tourists: 69,202

 

Total Q1 2024 Overnight Tourists: 185,897

 

 

Overnight tоurіѕm arrivals to Belize increased bу оvеr 27.9% іn Q1 2024 (Јаnuаrу to March), compared tо the ѕаmе реrіоd lаѕt уеаr (2023). The trend in Belize tourism is expected to have continued growth, this is seen by the 17.5% increase in overnight tourism from 2019 (Q1). This is expected to result in an оvеrаll 11% estimated growth fоr the Belize tоurіѕm ѕесtоr іn 2024.

Belize Tourism rebounded strongly in 2023 and has continued in 2024. The stats from the early months of 2024 signal that the year 2024 will be a record-breaking year for inbound tourism to Belize!

 

2024 has seen record-breaking inbound tourism numbers. This has been largely due to the increased number of direct flights and the improved accessibility to Belize (internationally).

February 2024 was a record-setting month for Belize tourism. This record-setting tourism month was quickly superseded by March 2024 which saw an impressive 69,202 overnight tourists arrive in Belize!

March 2024 has now became the highest single month for overnight tourism in Belize at 69,202 tourists. The prior single-month record (before 2024) was in March 2019 at 57,697 overnight tourists.

Total Overnight Tourists for Q1 in 2024 was 185,897. This is 27.9% higher than in 2023 (last year Q1) and 17.5% higher than the prior record set in 2019.

 

 

 

 

Direct Flights to Belize 2024

 

 

 

Increased International Flights to Belize

The largest factor to the growth in Belize tourism has been the increased air transport and increase in direct international flights to Belize. In March 2024, there were 511 international flights landing at BZE (Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport in Belize City). 

PGIA Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport BZE

 

 

 

BZE International Flights in 2024

Average of 71 International Flights a Day
Daily Range of 42 to 153 International Flights

 

 

 

 

Direct Flights Washington DC & Baltimore (BWI) to Belize (BZE) with Southwest Airlines

SouthWest Airlines started direct flights from BWI to Belize on March 9, 2024

SouthWest Airlines BWI to BZE

 

Direct Flights New York (JFK) to Belize (BZE) with JetBlue

JetBlue Starts Direct Flights from New York JFK

JetBlue Announces Direct Flights to Belize from New York JFK

 

JetBlue New York (JFK) to Belize (BZE)

  • Monday
  • Wednesday
  • Saturday

Scheduled flight times are the following (all times are local):

  • JFK to BZE: Departs at 8:29 a.m. and arrives at 12:14 p.m.
  • BZE to JFK: Departs at 1:30 p.m. and arrives at 7:00 p.m.

JetBlue Belize Flight Deals

 

 

 

Belize Tourism Future Outlook

Веlіzе’ѕ tоurіѕm industry іѕ booming, as seen in Q1 of 2024 and the first few mоnthѕ оf the year setting all-time highs and hіѕtоrіс rесоrd-breaking numbers in overnight tourism. The tourism growth (the largest sector in Belizean economy) is estimated tо gеnеrаtе аn unprecedented $1.4 bіllіоn іn rеvеnuе in 2024, this was announced by Minister of Тоurіѕm Аnthоnу Маhlеr.

With the Mayan Train in Mexico and increased travel and tourism from Latin America and South America. That said, the airport upgrades are important since the United States represents the largest percentage of overnight tourism arrivals.

Currently Americans (from the US) make up 69.3% of Belize tourism in 2024.

Belize has shown impressive tourism numbers through 2023 and now record breaking in 2024 due to quick and clever travel regulations and practices put into place. Belize has also improved the accessibility with more non-stop direct flights and increased number of airlines (and destinations).

“The success of the recovery is a testament to the power of collaboration. Tourism leaders, businesses, governments, organizations, airlines, and our hospitality professionals have achieved impressive results by working together. We are grateful for the hard work and close partnerships that continue to allow us to recover and soar to new heights,” says Nicola Madden-Greig, President of, the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA).

 

Latin America & South American Tourism

“Our key source markets come from the United States, Canada and we think Mexico and Latin America both areas have great opportunity for us.”

  • Anthony Mahler, Minister of Tourism

Tourism in Belize is growing, and the competition is getting stronger now that we can look at the pre-pandemic and post-pandemic trends. Diversifying the attraction and marketing of Belize by widening the net is pivotal. The 2023 data by ForwardKeys shows there is a real potential to convert more international arrivals from Latin America, specifically Colombia and Argentina.

“Through our air ticketing data, we are observing a significant leap from the Latin Markets into the Caribbean and Belize, especially from Central America, Colombia, and Argentina. Even more encouraging is that they are flying in premium-class cabins, more than before the pandemic. A worthy market to tap into,” says Olivier Ponti, VP of Insights at ForwardKeys.

Beyond the main traditional markets, the US and Canada, there are tourism opportunities to be found in the neighboring countries. Latin American markets represent an exciting opportunity for Belize and the Caribbean.

Travel demand for Belize as a destination quickly gained momentum after most regional countries dropped travel requirements. The strong pent-up demand has been propelling visitor arrivals from Latin America beyond pre-pandemic levels, up by 14% in 2023, and with greater growth potential. The best-performing markets in the region are Colombia, Peru, and Argentina.

 

 

 

International Flight Connectivity

 

The restoration of air connectivity is one of the key factors driving post-COVID-19 travel demand recovery, and Latin America is no exception. After years of limited travel activity, now Latin American travelers have fewer options to get to their desired Caribbean vacation. Fewer direct flights, and lower flight frequencies, make it harder and more costly to travel. In this scenario, connections with gateway airports are fundamental to remaining competitive.

Panama City (PTY) has emerged as a key gateway hub for Latin America, particularly, for connecting this region to the Caribbean. This is a result of a decided and successful strategy to transform Panama’s Tocumen International Airport into an intra-regional airport hub. Panama has become the first choice when transitioning to the Caribbean, gaining a share over other regional airports, such as Bogota, Lima and Miami.

While it is not always feasible to develop direct flight connections with emerging markets, establishing regular and frequent connections with the right network airports is fundamental for reaching a more diverse travel audience.

 

Ambergris Caye & San Pedro

Ambergris Caye Remains #1 Top Destination in Belize!

Ambergris Caye and San Pedro Town are the top destination for overnight tourism in Belize. With 53.2% of the Overnight Tourists coming to Ambergris Caye.

In March 2024, the San Pedro Airport had over 2,000 inbound and outbound flights. Peak is Saturday, with an average of 180 flights.

Monthly Average of 58 Departures Daily (6:30 am to 17:00 pm)
Monthly Average of 66 Arrivals Daily (7:20 am to 19:45 pm)

 

 

Belize Investment Opportunities

The Belize tоurіѕm ѕесtоr rеmаіnѕ роіѕеd fоr further growth with more development and improved accessibility! This has industry experts орtіmіѕtіс and bullish on Belize as a destination (for tourists and investors).

Tourism growth, increased awareness, offshore residency, and improved connectivity have all led to higher investment yields for real estate and investment properties in Belize. Ambergris Caye remains the the top destinations in Belize for overnight tourists.

Additional Links:

Q1 2024 Belize Record Breaking Tourism

Belize Tourism January & February 2024

Ambergris & Belize Tourism Data 2023

Caribbean & Regional Tourism 2023

If you are looking to learn more about Belize tourism and Belize real estate, contact us!

 

Belize Tourism Q1 2024: All-Time High & Record-Breaking Tourism

Belize Tourism Q1 2024

 

Record-breaking numbers for the first quarter in Belize’s overnight arrivals!

2024 has been a record-breaking year for Belize tourism! In Q1 2024, Belize has seen record-breaking tourism arrivals (January to March 2024).

This indicates that year-to-date, Belize Overnight Tourism has had a record-breaking numbers and the highest volume in the countries tourism history.

 

 

Belize Overnight Tourism Arrivals in 2024

 

January 2024 Overnight Tourists: 57,628

February 2024 Overnight Tourists: 59,067

March 2024 Overnight Tourists: 69,202

 

Total Q1 2024 Overnight Tourists: 185,897

 

February was record breaking with 59,067. But March saw an all-time high and new record with 69,202 arrivals. March 2024 first time Belize has had over 60,000 overnight tourism arrivals (with 69,202 overnight arrivals in the month).

Both of the record breaking months (February & March) have made Q1 2024 the highest ever quarter for overnight tourism in Belize! Total Overnight Tourists for Q1 in 2024 was 185,897.

 

 

 

Belize Monthly Tourism Arrivals

 

2024 has seen record-breaking inbound tourism numbers. This has been largely due to the increased number of direct flights and the improved accessibility to Belize (internationally).

February 2024 was a record-setting month for Belize tourism. This record-setting tourism month was quickly superseded by March 2024 which saw an impressive 69,202 overnight tourists arrive in Belize!

March 2024 has now became the highest single month for overnight tourism in Belize at 69,202 tourists. The prior single-month record (before 2024) was in March 2019 at 57,697 overnight tourists.

Total Overnight Tourists for Q1 in 2024 was 185,897. This is 27.9% higher than in 2023 (last year Q1) and 17.5% higher than the prior record set in 2019.

 

January to March Belize Tourism Arrivals

 

 

 

Belize Tourism Growth

 

Q1 2024 saw a 27.9% increase in overnight tourism arrivals from Q1 2023.

Q1 2024 was a 17.5% increase from Q1 in prior peak year of 2019.

 

Annual Q1 Belize Tourism Arrivals

 

 

 

Overnight tоurіѕm arrivals to Belize increased bу оvеr 27.9% іn Q1 2024 (Јаnuаrу to March), compared tо the ѕаmе реrіоd lаѕt уеаr (2023). The trend in Belize tourism is expected to have continued growth, this is seen by the 17.5% increase in overnight tourism from 2019 (Q1). This is expected to result in an оvеrаll 11% estimated growth fоr the Belize tоurіѕm ѕесtоr іn 2024.

Belize Tourism rebounded strongly in 2023 and has continued in 2024. The stats from the early months of 2024 signal that the year 2024 will be a record-breaking year for inbound tourism to Belize!

 

 

 

Веlіzе’ѕ tоurіѕm industry іѕ booming, as seen in Q1 of 2024 and the first few mоnthѕ оf the year setting all-time highs and hіѕtоrіс rесоrd-breaking numbers in overnight tourism. The tourism growth (the largest sector in Belizean economy) is estimated tо gеnеrаtе аn unprecedented $1.4 bіllіоn іn rеvеnuе in 2024, this was announced by Minister of Тоurіѕm Аnthоnу Маhlеr.

 

Belize Tourism Q1 Arrivals 2017 to 2024 (January to March)

Below is the overnight tourism trend from 2017 to 2024 for January to March (Q1 of each year);

Belize Tourism Board Data

 

 

Increased International Flights to Belize

The largest factor to the growth in Belize tourism has been the increased air transport and increase in direct international flights to Belize. In March 2024, there were 511 international flights landing at BZE (Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport in Belize City). 

PGIA Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport BZE

 

Direct Flights to Belize 2024

 

 

 

Direct Flights Washington DC & Baltimore (BWI) to Belize (BZE) with Southwest Airlines

SouthWest Airlines started direct flights from BWI to Belize on March 9, 2024

SouthWest Airlines BWI to BZE

 

Direct Flights New York (JFK) to Belize (BZE) with JetBlue

JetBlue Starts Direct Flights from New York JFK

JetBlue Announces Direct Flights to Belize from New York JFK

JetBlue New York (JFK) to Belize (BZE)

  • Monday
  • Wednesday
  • Saturday

Scheduled flight times are the following (all times are local):

  • JFK to BZE: Departs at 8:29 a.m. and arrives at 12:14 p.m.
  • BZE to JFK: Departs at 1:30 p.m. and arrives at 7:00 p.m.

JetBlue Belize Flight Deals

 

 

Ambergris Caye & San Pedro

Ambergris Caye and San Pedro Town are the top destination for overnight tourism in Belize. With 53.2% of the Overnight Tourists coming to Ambergris Caye.

 

 

Record-Breaking Tourism Leads to Airport Upgrades

The month of March 2024 was record-breaking for Belize tourism. Increased visitors to Belize means an increased demand for the facilities at the BZE Philip Goldson International Airport (PGIA). To address that need there is an ongoing, long-term project for the upgrade of the PGIA. Belize along with the BTB (Belize Tourism Board) are increasing the marketing efforts attracting regional tourism and tourism from Latin American markets.

With the Mayan Train in Mexico and increased travel and tourism from Latin America and South America. That said, the airport upgrades are important since the United States represents the largest percentage of overnight tourism arrivals.

Currently Americans (from the US) make up 69.3% of Belize tourism in 2024.

Record Breaking Tourism Prompts Airport Upgrades

 

 

Future Outlook on Regional Tourism

Belize has shown impressive tourism numbers through 2023 and now record breaking in 2024 due to quick and clever travel regulations and practices put into place. Belize has also improved the accessibility with more non-stop direct flights and increased number of airlines (and destinations).

“The success of the recovery is a testament to the power of collaboration. Tourism leaders, businesses, governments, organizations, airlines, and our hospitality professionals have achieved impressive results by working together. We are grateful for the hard work and close partnerships that continue to allow us to recover and soar to new heights,” says Nicola Madden-Greig, President of, the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA).

 

The rise and power of the South American market in the region.

 

Tourism in Belize is growing, and the competition is getting stronger now that we can look at the pre-pandemic and post-pandemic trends. Diversifying the attraction and marketing of Belize by widening the net is pivotal. The 2023 data by ForwardKeys shows there is a real potential to convert more international arrivals from Latin America, specifically Colombia and Argentina.

“Through our air ticketing data, we are observing a significant leap from the Latin Markets into the Caribbean and Belize, especially from Central America, Colombia, and Argentina. Even more encouraging is that they are flying in premium-class cabins, more than before the pandemic. A worthy market to tap into,” says Olivier Ponti, VP of Insights at ForwardKeys.

Beyond the main traditional markets, the US and Canada, there are tourism opportunities to be found in the neighboring countries. Latin American markets represent an exciting opportunity for Belize and the Caribbean.

Travel demand for Belize as a destination quickly gained momentum after most regional countries dropped travel requirements. The strong pent-up demand has been propelling visitor arrivals from Latin America beyond pre-pandemic levels, up by 14% in 2023, and with greater growth potential. The best-performing markets in the region are Colombia, Peru, and Argentina.

 

 

Flight Connectivity

 

The restoration of air connectivity is one of the key factors driving post-COVID-19 travel demand recovery, and Latin America is no exception. After years of limited travel activity, now Latin American travelers have fewer options to get to their desired Caribbean vacation. Fewer direct flights, and lower flight frequencies, make it harder and more costly to travel. In this scenario, connections with gateway airports are fundamental to remaining competitive.

Panama City (PTY) has emerged as a key gateway hub for Latin America, particularly, for connecting this region to the Caribbean. This is a result of a decided and successful strategy to transform Panama’s Tocumen International Airport into an intra-regional airport hub. Panama has become the first choice when transitioning to the Caribbean, gaining a share over other regional airports, such as Bogota, Lima and Miami.

While it is not always feasible to develop direct flight connections with emerging markets, establishing regular and frequent connections with the right network airports is fundamental for reaching a more diverse travel audience.

 

 

 

Belize Real Estate & Investment Opportunities

The Belize tоurіѕm ѕесtоr rеmаіnѕ роіѕеd fоr further growth with more development and improved accessibility! This has industry experts орtіmіѕtіс and bullish on Belize as a destination (for tourists and investors).

Tourism growth, increased awareness, offshore residency, and improved connectivity have all led to higher investment yields for real estate and investment properties in Belize. Ambergris Caye remains the the top destinations in Belize for overnight tourists.

Additional Links:

Belize Tourism January & February 2024

Ambergris & Belize Tourism Data 2023

Caribbean & Regional Tourism 2023

If you are looking to learn more about Belize tourism and Belize real estate, contact us!

 

 

 

JetBlue Has Officially Started Direct Flights to Belize

JetBlue Direct Flights to Belize

JetBlue Airlines has officially launched its non-stop service connecting New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Belize’s Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (BZE).

JetBlue Announces Non-Stop Flights From New York to Belize

Flight JBU2781 marked the inaugural journey on this new route as it touched down in Belize on Wednesday, December 6! The integral flight from New York carried over 100 passengers on the Airbus A320 aircraft.

Belize is JetBlue’s 26th destination in the Caribbean and Latin America.

Not only is this a new airline route to Belize, but it is also a direct flight from one of the largest international cities in the world, NEW YORK CITY!

This is the first-ever non-stop route from New York JFK Airport to the Central American country of Belize. The new service offers convenient flight times, with departures from New York in the morning and return flights in the early afternoon.

Year-round service will operate round-trip flights on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday.

 

Year-Round Flights Schedule

  • Monday
  • Wednesday
  • Saturday

Scheduled flight times are the following (all times are local):

  • JFK to BZE: Departs at 8:29 a.m. and arrives at 12:14 p.m.
  • BZE to JFK: Departs at 1:30 p.m. and arrives at 7:00 p.m.

 

 

JetBlue Flight Deals & Promotions

For a limited time, travelers can enjoy special one-way fares for flights between JFK and BZE for $119 on JetBlue’s website. This promotion is only for select dates. But a great way for people to come and enjoy Belize!

JetBlue Belize Flight Deals

 

Belize Tourism Growth & Outlook

Anthony Mahler, Belize’s Minister of Tourism and Diaspora Relations, expressed his enthusiasm and excitement over the new flight and the arrival of a new airline. Celebrating JetBlue’s entry into the Belizean market.

Anthony Mahler emphasized the significant impact it will have on the travel industry in Belize. Improving accessibility is a major driver of Belize tourism.

According to Mahler, this is just the beginning, as efforts are underway to ensure that “the load factors are to where [Jetblue] finds it comfortable,” potentially leading to route expansion and the addition of new destinations and direct flights to Belize.

JetBlue’s non-stop service to Belize not only bridges the gap between the United States and Belize but also promises to be a catalyst for further tourism growth in the region.

Contact us to learn more about investment opportunities and real estate in Belize!

 

 

Belize Travel & Visa Requirements

Belize Travel & Visa Requirements

Belize is a very easy country to travel to and US & Canadian travelers do not require any visas when traveling to Belize. Actually, most countries and passports are able to travel to Belize freely and without a visa for 30 days.

If you are visiting Belize as a tourist, you do not require a visa. When you enter Belize, you are issued a 30-day tourist visa in your passport. If visitors planning to stay longer than 30 days, they must have their passport re-stamped by a local immigration office. If you are extending your Belize stay longer than 30 days, the passport must be issued a new stamp, and pay an additional fee for every additional month they wish to stay. Visitors are able to continue to renew their tourist visa if they want to stay in Belize, without restrictions on length (as long as they get their visa renewed).

This makes it very easy for people planning on relocating to Belize as they have no restrictions when it comes to the length of stay and duration. You can continue to renew your Belize tourist visa every month or have a new stamp every time you leave Belize and travel back.

 

Do I Require a Passport to Travel to Belize?

If you are visiting Belize as a tourist, you must have a valid passport and the passport must be valid for more than 6 months.

 

Do I Require a Visa to Travel to Belize?

There is no Visa or Travel Visa required when traveling to Belize. When you enter Belize (by air, land, or sea) you are issued a tourist visa for 30 days. You can renew this visa every month at a local immigration office. Some countries have a maximum of 30 days without a visa and no visa is required for Belize travel.

Please keep in mind that while a visa is not required, travelers to Belize must have:

  • Hold a valid passport that is still valid for at least six months on entry
  • The passport must have one blank visa page
  • Hold proof of onward/return flights
  • Hold all documents required for the next destination (if you are connecting to somewhere else)
  • You may be asked for proof of sufficient funds relative to your intended length of stay

 

Visitors and travelers to Belize from the US & Canada will learn how easy travel to Belize really is. Canadian & American travelers must possess a passport valid for a period of a minimum of 30 days if the person is not traveling in transit to a third country that requires six months validity. This is attractive to many tourists as North Americans visiting Belize are only required to have a passport for 30-day validity.

In addition to a valid passport, tourists visiting Belize must have a return ticket with sufficient funds to cover their stay. When arriving in Belize, visitors are given a one-month stay, after which an extension can be applied for with the Immigration Department. Most of the top destinations and municipalities have a local immigration office that can renew tourist visa. For example in San Pedro & Ambergris Caye, the office is right across from the Tropic Air terminal.

Visitors who are citizens from the United States and its territories, Canada, the United Kingdom and its territories, European Union, Caribbean, and Central American countries do not require any visas when traveling to Belize. For visitors driving/boating into Belize from Guatemala or Mexico, a temporary importation permit for the vehicle (boat or vehicle) must be secured at the point of entry. This permit is valid for 30 days. No specific immunizations are required for visitors to Belize.

If you will be staying and visiting Belize longer than 30 days, you will need to visit an Immigration Office to extend your stay in Belize. Most towns and destinations have a local immigration office that can facilitate the process and renewal. The permit required to extend your stay in Belize beyond 30 days is the ‘Belize Visitor’s Permit Extension.’

Exemption for Belize Entry Visa:

  • If you hold a valid multiple entry visa or Permanent Residence Card from the United States of America.
  • If you hold a valid multiple-entry Schengen visa
  • If you hold a valid multiple entry visa or Permanent Residence Card from Canada

 

American Entry / Exit Requirements to Belize

All U.S. citizens traveling to Belize must have a valid passport. Belize does not require US Passport Holders to apply for or have a visa. There are no visas required for citizens of the United States for tourist visits of up to 30 days.

U.S. citizens traveling with a minor may be asked by Belize immigration officials to show U.S. birth certificates. When children and minors are not traveling with both parents, immigration officials (in any jurisdiction) often request signed documentation to establish the children are traveling with the permission of both parents.  Examples of documentation may include notarized letters from the parent(s), custody or adoption papers, or death certificates in situations where one or both parents are deceased.

 

Visa Requirements by Country

To learn more about Belize visa requirements and if you require a Visa to visit Belize. Check on your country of nationality to see if you require a visa to visit Belize in the link below.

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