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Nov 18, 2015

Cruise Arrivals to Increase in Next Few Months…

Valdemar Andrade

While figures for this tourist season are on target in respect of cruise arrivals, an increase is expected in the months ahead.  With the addition of several European lines, it is expected that Belize will surpass the million tourist mark.  As it stands, Royal Caribbean will be upping its calls threefold, going from ten in this high season to thirty-three by next year.  The increase in arrivals should see more jobs, as well as economic opportunities for local stakeholders.

 

On the Phone: Valdemar Andrade, Director of Destination Planning, B.T.B.

“In this season so far the arrivals have been going as expected.  At this current time we have expected around nine hundred and twenty-five thousand passengers for this year.  Of course we have been working very hard to put in place other lines and of this year we have MFC that is going to join us which is a European ship that’s going to do its first call on the thirty-first of December.  And we have… which is a German ship which will be joining us in November of 2016.  As we are trying to fill, as Norwegian moves its calls to the south we are trying to fill those spaces.  And we are also working with Tallman Tours which is a Spanish cruise line through Royal Caribbean which is also making calls to Belize.  And I think they have increased their calls from ten this season to thirty-three in the next season.”

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