Cost Of Four Trips By Premier Burt: $15,827.86

February 26, 2019

A trip in November 2018 by Premier David Burt to New York and Boston for the HSBC Road Show cost $0; a trip to London and Brussels cost $8,755.71; a trip in December to Boston cost $1,714.77, and another trip in January to Europe cost $5,357.38, according to recent listings on the Government’s travel webpage.

HSBC Road Show in New York and Boston – $0

The trip duration was listed as from November 13, 2018 – November 15, 2018, and the web page listing said, “Airfare, accommodation and incidentals were paid for by HSBC.

“The Premier travelled with the Minister of Finance for meetings relating to the successful refinancing of Bermuda Government’s debt which reduced Bermuda’s interest expense. Further information can be obtained via the following link: here.”


  • Air Travel: $0.00
  • Ground Transportation: $0.00
  • Accommodation: $0.00
  • Meals: $0.00
  • Total costs: $0.00


Bermuda Executive Forum and Joint Ministerial Council Meeting - $8,755.71

The trip was to Brussels and London, and the duration was listed as from November 25, 2018 – December 6, 2018, and the web page listing said, “Premier was in Brussels to engage with Member States for political engagement on Bermuda’s assessment to the Code of Conduct Group.

“The Premier attend the Joint Ministerial Council Chaired by Minister of State to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon as well as attended the Bermuda Business Development Forum in London.

“Also while in the UK the Premier attended the Bermuda London Office reception for Bermudians in the UK, held in both London and Nottingham.”


  • Air Travel: $ 3,745.40
  • Ground Transportation: $ 220.66
  • Accommodation: $ 4,459.25
  • Meals: $ 65.40
  • Miscellaneous: $ 265.00
  • Total costs: $ 8,755.71

Seminar at MIT in Boston - $1,714.77

The trip duration was listed as from December 11, 2018 – December 12, 2018, and the web page listing said, “The Premier travelled to Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloane School of Business for a discussion with the Digital Currency Initiative at MIT.

“Bermuda discussed its plans to launch a digital currency pilot and to enlist the support from MIT to assist in the design. He was joined by Sir Andrew Large, Vice-Chair of the Bermuda Financial Policy Council, Philip Butterfield, Chairman of Bermuda First and Denis Pitcher, Fintech Advisor to the Government of Bermuda.”


  • Air Travel: $ 895.20
  • Ground Transportation: $ 158.53
  • Accommodation: $ 484.24
  • Meals: $ 151.25
  • Miscellaneous: $ 25.55
  • Total costs: $ 1,714.77

World Economic Forum and Opening of Brussels Office - $5,357.38

The trip duration was listed as from January 20, 2018 – January 26, 2018, and the web page listing said, “The Premier was invited to attend the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The Premier spoke at a number of on premise and off premise events and following that travelled to Brussels to open the Government of Bermuda Brussels office.”


  • Air Travel: $ 3,661.50
  • Ground Transportation: $ 595.71
  • Accommodation: $ 882.34
  • Meals: $ 164.58
  • Miscellaneous: $ 53.25
  • Total costs: $5,357.38

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  1. trump supporter says:

    meanwhile at the bus stop!

    • DeOnion says:

      don’t worry, Government is on the verge of fixing it …

  2. Kevin says:

    One can only smile and say well we hope he was comfortable according to the trip itinerary he stayed for a month and a day in Brussels must have been an all inclusive as he didnt seem to eat anything
    What will Be the ROI on the $275k + plus spent on this office in Brussels for a year

  3. Please Explain says:

    How can Premier Burt receive an all-expenses trip sponsored by HSBC, but Jet-gate was an issue?

    • red rose says:


    • Toodle-oo says:

      And an HSBC paid for trip is still nothing compared to the real and only PLP jetgate. Something which it seems no-one wants to address , not even Mz Straightforward who has been asked many times and is in her usual fine form below.

  4. interesting says:

    Hold up, HSBC paid for everything for Mr Burt. Sounds like what happened in JetGate, private company paying for politicians travel and accommodation. No uproar.

  5. Eve says:

    Besides the Premier getting an all-expense paid trip courtesy of HSBC, a quick look tells us some of the Premier’s other travel expenses are being picked by someone else too.

  6. Thank you, Premier Burt.
    Unlike Pamplin and Richards who dashed to the Olympics n Rio…out of the public purse.
    One bets that the money was NEVER put back.
    Thank you, O.B.A. Your transparency record sucks and is not to be trusted!!
    Dishonesty will get you somewhere….out of power!!

  7. DeOnion says:

    HSBC paid ……. ?

  8. dick francis says:

    Did HSBC pay for the FinMin as well?

  9. red rose says:

    did hsbc supply a private jet?

  10. question says:

    Why does it take three months for the information to be made public?

    Where are the expenses for those, who accompanied him to Davos?

  11. St.George's Passport and Immigration Control says:

    some people will believe anything!
    a quick check on fares and other things soon tells the real truth.
    But you get what you voted for.

  12. Premier Burt,
    Thank you abundantly for your honest transparency.
    Pamplin and Richards dashed off to the Olympics, with funds from the public purse.America Cup was a horror!!
    Continue on Mr. Premier!!!
    Well done!!