Belize is Open: The Prime Locale for Summer Travel
Central America’s best-kept secret is out: Belize is the ultimate destination for an unforgettable getaway, complete with jungle adventures, beach views, unmatched cuisine, and captivating culture. Though this tiny nation took a huge hit in the wake of the global pandemic, this year we are thrilled to report that Belize’s borders are open, and the economy is on the mend. As COVID restrictions have waned, this year tourism is trending upwards, and there is no better time for a trip to Belize than now. Picture this: summer sun, gold standard accommodations, friendly locals, and if you’re really charmed by the country’s allure: plenty of opportunities for real estate investments.
COVID Restrictions Reduced, No Mask Mandate!
After over two years of pandemic-related travel restrictions, traveling to Belize has suddenly become significantly easier. The country’s COVID-19 regulations are now minimal, as vaccinated travelers are able to enter without the requirement of COVID-19 tests, and the use of masks is no longer demanded throughout the country. Curfews have also been removed, and casinos, bars, and nightclubs – which were completely closed by government mandate – are now able to open their doors for the first time in over two years! The president and CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), Julia Simpson, endorses the importance of the drastically reduced travel restrictions: “If the right conditions exist, the travel and tourism sector can rebound to deliver economic and employment benefits we have not seen since before the pandemic,” says Simpson. “We encourage global leaders to consider the economic and employment benefits of boosting consumer confidence by allowing fully vaccinated travelers to move freely.” This uplifting statement from the WWTC is a reassurance of Belize is on the right path toward tourism recovery and offers hope of an even more promising upturn in the economy of Belize in the near future.
Tourism is Rebounding, as the Economy Makes a Comeback
In the first quarter of 2022, tourism in Belize is already on the rebound. The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) reports in a recent press release that the latest statistics for both overnight tourist arrivals and cruise tourist arrivals provide an evident indication that “Belize’s tourism is moving fast on its path to recovery.” In quarter one, the country has seen over ninety-seven thousand overnight tourists and nearly two hundred thousand visitors via cruises. The first quarter marks an incredible bounce-back for the nation of Belize, with over two-hundred ninety-seven thousand tourists visiting in the months of January through March of 2022. With this remarkable rebound, the hotel market in major destinations such as Belize City is undoubtedly benefiting from this relief, as the BTB is reporting an impressive 171.2% year-on-year increase in overnight tourists thus far in 2022.
The Ideal Destination for Your Return to Travel
Gone are the days of international travel being frowned upon. With vaccinations, gold standard accommodations, and plenty of airlines offering nonstop service to Belize, a getaway to Belize is not only easy but incredibly safe! This newly-established ease of travel makes the allure of this palm-fringed country almost impossible to resist. As summer is upon us, adventures await and festivities such as the Lobster Festival and Annual Carnival are back on track after a two-year hiatus. This summer is the perfect time to indulge in pent-up wanderlust and explore the shores of the only English-speaking country in Central America. Take advantage of the easy access to Belize with robust airline options, and discover a country of culture, flavor, and refreshing slow-paced living. If you should decide to invest in Belize real estate, opportunities are plenty with residential and commercial properties currently at an excellent price point.
Start planning your return to travel today, and browse our listings at Vista Real Estate to find established real estate agents, excellent service, and the largest selection of property listings available in Belize.