Belize: A Curious Place

Written by  Lisa Loverro

LATINBelize is located in Central America and is bordered to the north by Mexico, to the south and west by Guatemala and to the east by the Caribbean Sea. Belize is a diverse country with many cultures and languages, known for its extreme biodiversity and distinctive ecosystems. On the coast, there is a swampy coastal plain with mangrove swamps; while the south and interior offer hills and low-lying mountains. All this, along with the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere and the second longest in the world, makes Belize one of the most diverse and exciting countries to send your clients on a fun-filled holiday.
The latest tourism statistics for the first quarter of 2018 indicate that Belize’s popularity as a must-visit destination in Central America continues on an upward swing, as they continue to set unprecedented records. For the first time ever, there were over 55,000 overnight visitors during the month of March, representing an increase of 24.8% over the same period in 2017. Cruise ship arrivals also registered an upward trend during the first quarter. There were 143 cruise ship calls and almost 400,000 cruise passengers arriving in Belize, representing an increase of 4.6% more visitors than 2017.

Recently added airlift in 2017 has also helped Belize to propel its tourism arrivals. Air Canada began a new non-stop flight service to Belize in December 2017, making it the second major Canadian airline after WestJet to offer a direct weekly flight service to Belize from Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Canada. Also in 2017, Southwest Airlines began daily flights from Broward County’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

Accommodations
In hotel news, the newly opened Mahogany Bay Resort & Beach Club, a Curio Collection by Hilton (www.curiocollection3.hilton.com) on the picturesque Caribbean island of Ambergris Caye, Belize is the country’s first luxury resort from a global brand. The property is set on 60-acres of tropical foliage and offers 205 charming cottages and villa-style accommodations designed to reflect the destination’s authentic soul with colonial-style detailing, heirloom-quality furnishings and local, sustainably harvested genuine Belizean hardwoods. Guests of Mahogany Bay, have full access to the resort’s wide array of amenities including the Bay Club with a grand pool and bar, and the private, white sand Beach Club, just a short boat ride from the on-site marina. Housed in the 22,000-square foot Great House is the signature restaurant Veranda, poolside bar Shaken, and the lobby mixology bar Stirred.
A new collection of Belize hotels have come together to form “Unique Hotels of Belize” (www.uniquehotelsofbelize.com); an exclusive collection dedicated to offering consistently high standards in accommodations, amenities and service in three locations across Belize. This new collection consists of three resorts: Victoria House, Naia Resort and Spa, and The Lodge at Chaa Creek. Together, they offer travelers a unique blend of individual styles and distinctive locations combined with a shared commitment towards providing the highest quality accommodations, amenities and service in Belize.
Additionally, the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts announced plans for the development of Caye Chapel, a private island in Belize featuring magnificent oceanfront estates, private residences and overwater bungalows. The Four Seasons Resort and Residences Caye Chapel will offer approximately 50 Private Estate lots, 35 Private Residences, and 100 guest rooms and suites. Caye Chapel is located in the Belize archipelago in the Caribbean Sea, adjacent to the UNESCO World Heritage designated Belize Barrier Reef System. The island will feature an 18-hole golf course designed by Greg Norman in consultation with Lorena Ochoa, a Fabien Cousteau nature and conservation institute, a marina and private airstrip.
For more information visit: www.travelbelize.org

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