Ministry: ‘Continued Improvement’ For Tourism

March 30, 2017

Tourism sustained its upward trajectory with continued improvement in February leisure air arrivals, as Bermuda heads into an anticipated second consecutive year of industry growth,” the Ministry of Tourism, Transport and Municipalities said today.

“The latest statistics from the Bermuda Tourism Authority show a sharp increase of 28% in February vacation & leisure air arrivals, pushing the year-to-date increase to 39% – even though there were 4% fewer air seats flying to the Island in February,” the Ministry said.

“Strong air capacity in January kept total airlift for the two months 5% ahead of the first two months of last year.

“During the traditional shoulder season for hotel occupancy, hoteliers saw a boost of 22% in filled beds for February, up 27% for the first two months when compared to the same period in 2016. The BTA declared February was the 14th month of consecutive year-over-year growth in vacation air arrivals.”

Acting Tourism and Transport Minister Cole Simons stated: “Bermudians are anticipating one of the best years in the key industry of tourism for a very long time.

“The Tall Ships, the America’s Cup and related regattas, added to the expected arrival of a number of the world’s super yachts should combine with other events to flood Bermuda with excited visitors.

“Those coming to these events will need goods and services, which provides numerous prospects for those seeking employment or entrepreneurial opportunities.

“The BTA should be commended because they are equally focused in a number of other areas to ensure Bermuda succeeds in tourism beyond the America’s Cup, and beyond this banner year.

“We expect this tourism renaissance is not only good for hoteliers and hotel workers, but also for owners of vacation rental properties and those who are thinking about entering the home-share arena.”

The Ministry said, “The BTA is also forecasting increases in cruise ship numbers, particularly in our smaller ports like Hamilton and St. George. February is the only month in 2017 with no scheduled cruise ship activity. There were 7 cruise ship visits scheduled for March and 13 for April.”

“The BTA visitor statistics are on their website.”

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  1. JUNK YARD DOG says:

    The B.T.A. has yet to realize that our visitors don’t just come here to sit on the beach and watch the tide go out then go home and tell their friends they had a good time dodging the third lane hooligans on our roads.

    Bermuda was another world?

    Because our visitors come from all walks of life, coming to Bermuda should be an experience of a life time,” Variety is the spice of life”.

    Bermuda is not a “tourist trap” we are better than that, our visitors should have a choice of activities, as sitting in the back seat of a taxi is not the answer, and by the way not every one plays golf on the worlds most expensive golf course or likes to be herded around like sheep to the top of the light house.

    There is no entertainment or diversification to speak of here and who do you blame ? Always those blue suits on the hill who perpetuate the the sport of mud slinging and political drama .

    We pay them to think !.

    The ching ching Hotels hate to see their tenants leave to property because the sell less Dark and Stormy , while the cruise ship Navy only get to see the beach and the inside of a pink buss.
    This island has to get of its rear and and create a variety of activities every politician need to earn their keep and contribute more
    to the over all visitor experience if not our Visitor will stay home or go else where, Bermuda is not New Orleans.