Ministry: ‘Resiliency To The Tourism Resurgence’

November 29, 2016

“Bermuda has recorded its 10th consecutive month of leisure visitor growth,” the Ministry of Tourism, Transport & Municipalities said, adding that this “shows a resiliency to the tourism resurgence currently underway.”

The Ministry said, “Bermuda has recorded its 10th consecutive month of leisure visitor growth, with October tourism figures up over the same month last year, despite the visitor boost from the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in October 2015 and the visitor cancellations associated with Hurricane Nicole in October 2016.

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“Officials from the Bermuda Tourism Authority [BTA] believe the October example shows a resiliency to the tourism resurgence currently underway and are especially upbeat about the 20 percent growth in vacation air arrivals. Vacation air arrivals is the metric the BTA focuses its marketing on the most because those vacationers have the biggest impact on the local economy.

“Year-to-date, vacation air visitors from the United States are up 20 percent, up 28 percent in October 2016 alone, when compared to a year ago.

“With vacation air arrivals from all countries factored in, business is up 14 percent year-to-date, equating to more than 18,000 additional tourists flying to the island.

“In the year to date, Bermuda’s total leisure visitors [vacation air and cruise numbers combined] have jumped some eight percent over last year – and nearly 13 percent from two years ago.”

Tourism, Transport and Municipalities Minister Michael Fahy said, “We have increased the number of airline seats by nearly 12 percent so far this year and vacation air arrivals are up 14 percent.

“That’s an addition of about 51,000 seats and an additional 18,000 vacationers. And we believe that continuing efforts by the Bermuda Tourism Authority will ensure that more of the under-utilized capacity is utilized going forward.

“The BTA has a number of irons in the fire for 2017 and as a result of their work, coupled with the America’s Cup, forward hotel bookings look very strong.

“With that expected growth we can fill more of the increased airline capacity that came on line this year. This is just one of the ways our air carrier and tourism strategies are effectively synchronized.”

Minister Fahy added, “There is no denying that we still have some work to do, but we’re pleased with the level of growth we’re experiencing this year.

“Hotel occupancy for the year is up seven percent after really strong performance during the summer months. Now the focus is on raising occupancy further, particularly in the shoulder months.

“As we look toward a strong America’s Cup boost in May and June of 2017, we won’t take our eye off the goal of making Bermuda a truly year-round destination. A strong October performance is a big step in that direction.”

The BTA’s October 2016 Tourism Measures report follows below [PDF here]:

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  1. Warlord says:

    Keep it up BTA and the OBA,don’t let that other party get in your way

  2. Triangle Drifter says:

    Nice to see the positive trend. What is happening next year? Try getting a seat in or out May or June. Everything fully booked. Will the airlines be laying on extra sections or larger aircraft?

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  4. Albie says:

    The numbers are no doubt helped significantly by the Zika outbreak through the Caribbean, Mexico and now Florida.

    • Clare says:

      If so, then why did the Dengue Fever outbreaks in the Caribbean not help Bermuda tourism in previous years?

    • Rick Olson says:

      And hindered by a strong US dollar . Great job BTA.

    • hmmm says:

      I’m sure a few bookings have come because of that, BUT don’t forget you have to make the customer aware of Bermuda, cognizant that it is a viable alternative, appealing and an option to those people.

      That takes an incredible amount of work. the world is a big place. Bermuda is not the cheapest.

      If you read the news, you would see the reasons the numbers are up. To attempt to place it on something else than the work of the BTA is an insult to the hard work put in by OUR people.

    • Intrigued says:

      Say it again, as the OBA are beginning to believe their own hype!

  5. Clare says:

    Awesome! Well done BTA!

  6. Terry says:

    Hey Albie stop spreading hate.

    You should change your name to “Alibi”……………………….