Air arrivals and bookings at tourist accommodations fell by 6.6% during the second quarter of 2012, according to the Quarterly Bulletin of Statistics.
The report said: “Air arrivals during the second quarter of 2012 fell by 6.6 per cent when compared to the same quarter of 2011. A total of 75,186 visitors arrived by air to the Island, down from the 80,462 that visited in 2011. This decrease was attributed to a 12 per cent decline in business travellers and a 13 per cent decline in leisure travellers.
“Arrivals from the United States, Bermuda’s largest tourist market, decreased 7.8 per cent when compared to the second quarter of 2011. A total of 56,447 U.S. visitors travelled to the Island compared with 61,232 visitors in the same period of 2011. Fewer air arrivals were recorded from the United Kingdom (-7.0 per cent) and from Canada (-1.9 per cent) during the quarter. In contrast, arrivals from all other countries were up by 3.2 per cent.
“The decline in air arrivals resulted in a 6.6 per cent drop in bookings at tourist accommodations. Guest houses registered the strongest decrease, falling 32.3 per cent. Occupancy at resort hotels fell by 10.1 per cent while visitors staying at housekeeping accommodations also declined by 9.0 per cent. The number of guests staying at small hotels & cottage colonies and private homes declined by 3.2 per cent and 1.4 per cent, respectively.”
The full report is below [PDF here]:
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