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Jul 22, 2022

Cruise Tourism Steadily Rebounds in 2022

Evan Tillett also answered questions pertaining to the rebound of the cruise tourism industry. Tillett says, while the industry is yet to record 2019 numbers, the outlook for the sector in Belize is promising.


Evan Tillett

Evan Tillett, Director, Belize Tourism Board

“In terms of the numbers, it is not at 2019 numbers, and it will be a rebuilding process. I think when we opened the airport we saw maybe six months before we got some real traction, and I am expecting that the same thing is happening with the cruise tourism sector. The outlook is good, even in the overnight sector; the arrivals for July are really promising. We think that we will have a very robust season for both cruise and overnight.”



“You mentioned that you are hoping that the numbers should bounce back to 2019 levels soon, but recently the CDC announced that they would no longer be monitoring COVID19 cases on cruise ships. Do you foresee that do be an issue for us this year?”


Evan Tillett, Director, Belize Tourism Board

“Well, CDC and in our case, the Ministry of Health they are the experts. They just removed all the protocols that are there for COVID 119. From that perspective, I don’t see that hindering the rebound of tourism, whether it be cruise of overnight.”

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