The tourism business in Belize is fuelled by U.S. visitors…and business is good. Tourism is up…cruise ship tourism is way up (300% in five years). This is partially due to the ease with which you can get to Belize from the States—it takes two hours and 10 minutes to fly direct from Miami to Belize City.
Even before the plane touches down, passengers can see that the airport at Belize City has become a major construction site. Amid the palm trees and scrub brush, construction crews work in the hot sun to build runways, terminal extensions, and other facilities designed to handle more passengers—many more.