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Belize eyes big numbers out of Canada with WestJet’s new YYC flight
The Mask Temple in Mayan city of Lamanai, Belize

Belize eyes big numbers out of Canada with WestJet’s new YYC flight

Thursday, November 9, 2017

BELIZE CITY — Canadian arrivals to Belize accounted for 6% of total overnight arrivals in 2016 and that percentage share is expected to rise this year with increased traffic from direct flights from Canada to Belize, including WestJet’s new Calgary-Belize route, now in service.

An inaugural ceremony was held at the departure lounge of Belize’s Philip Goldson International Airport Nov. 3 to commemorate WestJet’s new nonstop weekly service out of Calgary. The flights are part of the airline’s seasonal schedule for winter 2017-18.

According to the Belize Tourism Board’s Director of Tourism, Karen Bevans, the new flight will help with connections out of the West. “This makes it much more convenient for a large market in Canada and opens up the opportunities for Belize even more.”

Bevans added: “We expect that the size of the Canadian market will only continue to increase and hopefully we can expect at least 10% of our arrivals with the addition of this flight.”

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WestJet also offers service to Belize out of Toronto. The new Calgary flights represent “a resounding confirmation that Belize continues to be a growing, viable and a must-visit destination in Central America and the Caribbean”, says Bevans.

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