The Minister of Business Development and Tourism, Wayne Furbert said that preliminary results of air arrivals as of October 25, 2012 show that 17,472 passengers visited the island, up 5.3%.
A Tourism Ministry spokesperson said: “Minister Furbert believes that we are seeing an increase because the Government National Tourism Plan is working and that the new ‘So Much More’ brand push was paying dividends. This evidence supports the feedback from some hoteliers that they had a good October, and that hotel projections, compared to last year, are up.
“The Minister however believes that when the remaining figures come in for October, they will show that the recent Hurricane Sandy will have had a negative impact on the final October numbers. The Ministry is paying very close attention to the recovery efforts currently being waged in the New York and Boston area and that the Department team is working on plans to minimize the potential fallout of business from Bermuda’s largest market.”
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