Belize District occupancy rate highest in country, Ambergris # 2.... Tourism statistics- Travel and Hotel Statistics - Second Quarter Summary 1997

Statistics courtesy of the Belize Tourist Board - July 29, 1997.

Following a trend set in the last few years, a growing market in Belize District has now surpassed Ambergris Caye occupancy rates in 1997. The Belize District occupancy rates reflect a steady business throughout the first half of 1997, while the island continues to reflects its normal seasonal fluctuations. Hotel rates on Ambergris Caye also reflect a slight decrease from 1996. Here are the statistics:

Tourist Arrivals by Air
The number of tourist arrivals by air during the second quarter of 1997 numbered 19,844, representing a 4.1% increase over the second quarter of 1996. Air arrivals in May and June of this year showed strong growth over the similar period last year. This brings the number of tourist arrivals by air for the first six months of 1997 to 48,417. This represents a 1.4% decrease in the number of air arrivals for the first 6 months of 1997, after a 4.9% decrease in the first quarter and 4.1% increase in the second quarter of 1997.

Table 1a. Tourist Arrivals by Air (P.G.I.A.)

Month       1995          1996         1997

April       8907          7266         6360
May         7101          5667         6132
June        7300*         6128         7352

Total      23308         19061         19844
*BTB estimate

Table 1b. Tourist Arrivals by Air (P.G.I.A.)

Quarter        1995          1996          1997

Jan - Mar     28874         30039         28573
Apr - Jun     23308         19061         19844

Total         52182         49100         48417

Hotel Statistics
Hotel room revenue reported during the second quarter of 1997 was BZ$8,225,049.68 representing a 1.6% increase over reported room revenue for the second quarter of 1996. This brings the total room revenue reported for the first 6 months of 1997 to BZ$21,612,169.59. Room revenue reported for the first 6 months 1997 decreased by 1.0% after a 2.6% decrease during the first quarter and a 1.6% increase in the second quarter.

Table 2a. Hotel Room Revenue

Month           1995             1996              1997

April       $3,016,277.77    $3,390,426.31    $3,267,092.51
May         $2,438,435.51    $2,505,030.01    $2,724,035.59
June        $2,073,958.56    $2,201,626.58    $2,233,931.58

Total       $7,528,671.84    $8,097,082.90    $8,225,049.68


Table 2b Hotel Room Revenue

Period          1995                1996              1997

Jan - Mar    $13,508,343.30    $13,738,374.26    $13,387,119.91
Apr - June   $ 7,528,671.84    $ 8,097,082.90    $ 8,255,049.68

Total        $21,037,015.14    $21,835,457.16    $21,612,169.59


Hotel room occupancy

Hotel room occupancy during the second quarter averaged 26.0 percent, up from 24.8 percent during the second quarter of 1996. While room occupancy decreased in April, room occupancy in May and June increased over the similar period last year. This brings the average room occupancy for the first six months of 1997 to 31.4%, up from 30.4% for the similar period last year. During the first 6 months of 1997, Stann Creek district and Placencia showed the strongest growth in occupancy rates over the similar period last year. Other Islands and Belize District also showed strong growth in occupancy over the similar period last year. Belize District averaged the highest occupancy rates over the first 6 months at 39.4%.

Table 3a. Hotel Room Occupancy

Month       1995     1996     1997

April       .9       29.6     27.7
May       26.1       23.1     24.8
June      25.5       21.8     25.3

Average	  28.1       24.8     26.0


Table 3b. Hotel Room Occupancy

Quarter       1995    1996    1997

Jan - Mar     38.6    36.2    36.4
Apr - May     28.1    24.8    26.0

Average       33.7    30.4    31.4


Table 4. Room Occupancies by Area Jan - June

Area               1995    1996    1997
Belize District    37.4    36.1    39.4
Ambergris Caye     47.4    40.9    38.0
Caye Caulker       28.0    21.3    23.3
Cayo               32.0    29.6    29.1
Corozal            16.8    14.9    17.6
Orange Walk        28.4    30.3    29.1
Stann Creek        20.8    19.6    26.4
Placencia          41.3    28.7    35.4
Toledo    1         5.0    10.7     9.5
Other Islands      30.4    28.4    32.5

Average            33.7    30.4    31.4
Average room rates reported during the second quarter of 1997 was BZ$130.37, representing a 5.8% increase in room rates over the similar period last year.

Average room rate over the 6 months of 1997 was $136.42. This represents a 1.3% increase in average room rate during the first 6 months of 1997, after a 1.%5 decrease in average room rate for the first 6 months of 1997.

Ambergris Caye reported the highest average room rate for the first 6 months of 1997 at BZ$203.28 while Caye Caulker reported the lowest average rate at BZ$47.42. Ambergris Caye has a more diverse accommodation pool which includes condominiums, villas, furnished apartments.




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