Correction Made To 2014 Cruise Visitor Data

February 5, 2016

While compiling the year-end 2015 visitor arrival data, the Bermuda Tourism Authority [BTA] discovered a discrepancy in the average cruise visitor spending category and requested its research vendor re-check both the 2014 and 2015 calculations it had supplied, the BTA said today.

The BTA said, “This process resulted in the discovery of a calculation error when the vendor reported the 2014 average cruise visitor spending number to the BTA a year ago.

“The calculation error is now fixed and the updated 2014 cruise visitor spending data is available online in the 2014 Year-end Visitor Arrival Report at the Research section of the BTA’s corporate website. See the final page of the report for cruise visitor spending.

“The vendor, which has served the BTA and the former Department of Tourism for more than a decade, has offered an apology for the calculation error. Similarly, the BTA apologises to its stakeholders who rely upon this data. The year-end visitor arrival data for 2015 will be released next week.”

The full Visitor Arrivals Report follows below [PDF here]:

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  1. Rhonda says:

    We can’t have the BTA showing a 40 year low , lets go back and find a way to make this spin the other way

    • So in essence YOU F!@#ed UP, and this is what we pay the boss $1000,00 a day and a $80’000 bogus bonus for a failed term.
      WHAT A f!@#ing JOKE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. bluebird says:

    15% of our income comes from Tourism and 85% of our income comes from IB.
    So where does your income come from Rhonda ?????
    And we are still in HUGE DEBT from the PLP/BIU,so spin that one which ever way.

    • mixitup says:

      Debt that has gotten even HUGER(sic) under your beloved OBA…My guess is that they had to do the same thing the PLP did… BORROW! We voted them in for change and things for Bermudians are far worse, enough that they (Bermudians) are leaving in droves… your beloved OBA had better find a way scrape up votes because they will have a very hard fall (I’d give them 9 seats) in the next election.

  3. Jolly says:

    Umm, so do they want to give a synopsis of the adjustment? The fact that they dodge it makes it clear that it’s negative.

  4. somuchless says:

    Get rid of hambury. He’s sucking Bermuda dry and laughing all the way to the bank. Nothing’s changed. Better to switch back to the BdOT.

  5. Legalgal says:

    So WHAT is the discrepancy? Why bury it…again.

  6. JUNK YARD DOG says:


    Bermuda needs to Brain storm tourism, its all about coat.

    Let us just imagine that our new airport” Port Folly” is up and running I doubt that the numbers will change, Airports are not a drawing card and never will be.

    Marketing our brand at a reasonable cost to our repeat visitors works and get the maniacs drivers of trucks; buses; and bikes off our dangerous roads also works.

    How many time do I have to tell you a Bermuda Vacation is too expensive for the average family to come here, so they stay home cant blame them, can you ?

    Their own country is our biggest competition at more than half the cost of coming here, now Cuba is coming on line.

    While we talk politics we should be talking about Taxation trickle down which drives the the cost of every thing up to the breaking point.

    “Don’t cry for me Dubai “.

    • Tourism Advocate says:

      No doubt price is a deterrent. Agreed. But there are many reason the price of a Bermuda vacation is high — high cost of labour (BIU), high cost of energy (BELCO), high cost of construction materials (Duty), high cost of air departure taxes (Gov’t), etc.

      Won’t we need the entire structure to take a haircut in order for the price of a Bermuda vacation to go down? And since when is this a jurisdiction of collaboration. The problem is not cost, the problem is us.