Belize draws more visitors in '07

Belize in 2007 reported a 2.6% increase in stayover visitors to 255,768; more than 150,000 of those visitors were from the U.S.

The number of U.S. visitors has increased 72.3% from 1998, when Belize welcomed 87,991 U.S. arrivals.

Air arrivals from Canada and Europe also increased in 2007, according to Tracy Panton, Belize's tourism director.

"Marketing efforts by both the private and public sectors provide greater visibility for Belize, which not only fuels tourism but also helps to build investors' confidence in the industry," Panton said.

However, cruise tourism declined last year to 624,528 passengers for 278 cruise ship calls, a 12% drop in passengers. The cancellation of five cruise ship calls because of hurricanes Dean and Felix was a factor.

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