Cost Of Four Trips By Minister Curtis Dickinson

July 31, 2019

A trip in March 2019 by Minister of Finance Curtis Dickinson to New York for Bermuda Executive Forum cost $2,293.13; a trip to United Kingdom, Brussels and Germany for Economic Substance Ministerial Meetings cost $11,649.08; a trip in April to Massachusetts for RIMS Conference cost $5,248.71; and another trip in May to New York for Consensus 2019 cost $3,599.93, according to recent listings on the Government’s travel webpage.

Bermuda Executive Forum New York 2019

The trip duration was listed as from March 20, 2019 – March 22, 2019, and the web page listing said, “The Minister attended the annual Bermuda Executive Forum in New York City, and participated in a series of meetings and media interviews [with the Premier of Bermuda] on fintech developments, including Signature Bank and new companies, what Bermuda was doing from a legislative and regulatory framework to encourage blockchain, virtual currencies and fintech; digital assets, bitcoin, etc.

“The Minister also participated in a moderated panel discussion on “Disruption & Opportunity: Bermuda’s Ideal Advantage”, where he was joined by other jurisdictional experts in discussion on global industry trends and challenges, and the advantages and opportunities for business in Bermuda. Bermuda’s historic and mutually beneficial relationship with the United States was the common theme across all discussions.”


  • Air Travel: $1,314.30
  • Ground Transportation: $73.70
  • Accommodation: $905.13
  • Total costs: $2,293.13


Ministerial Meetings – Economic Substance

The trip duration was listed as from March 26, 2019 – April 3, 2019, and the web page listing said, “The Minister and a delegation of Ministry of Finance officials, accompanied the Premier to the United Kingdom, Brussels and Germany, for a series of meetings with overseas officials regarding the removal of Bermuda from the list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes.

“High level meetings were held with Mr. Robert Jenrick, MP, Exchequer Secretary to Her Majesty’s Treasury, the Rt. Hon. Sir Nicholas Soames, MP., Sir Henry Bellingham, MP., House of Parliament, UK. In Brussels, meetings were held with Mr. Pierre Moscovici, European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs; Ambassador Luminita Odobescu, Permanent Representative of Romania to the European Union, and Mr. Christian Leffler, Deputy Secretary General of Global and Economic Issues, European External Action Services. In Germany, the Minister met with Dr. Rolf Bossinger, the German State Secretary for Finance at the Federal Ministry of Finance.”


  • Air Travel: $6,464.50
  • Ground Transportation: $263.61
  • Accommodation: $4,758.19
  • Meals: $162.78
  • Total costs: $11,649.08


RIMS Conference

The trip duration was listed as from April 30, 2019 – May 2, 2019, and the web page listing said, “The Minister, along with the Premier of Bermuda, and a delegation of government, regulatory and industry leaders, attended the Risk and Insurance Management Society [RIMS] Annual Conference and Exhibition in Boston, Massachusetts. RIMS provides Bermuda with an excellent opportunity to showcase everything Bermuda has to offer – our leading global re/insurance market; our pool of expertise, and our innovative products to top-tier regulation.

“The Minister attended a number of meetings with state and civic leaders and members of the Boston Chamber of Commerce; participated in media interviews with the Premier of Bermuda, and attended a networking reception; all with the view to highlighting Bermuda as a leading global re/insurance destination to do business.”


  • Air Travel: $2,709.90
  • Accommodation: $2,538.81
  • Total costs: $5,248.71


Consensus 2019

The trip duration was listed as from May 13, 2019 – May 15, 2019, and the web page listing said, “The Minister accompanied the Premier of Bermuda, who led a group of regulatory and industry representatives to Consensus 2019, a major conference held in New York. This event attracted over four thousand, five hundred attendees, and included major sponsoring companies, fintech experts, and global law firms.

“The Minister, along with the Premier of Bermuda, participated in business development meetings and media interviews. As well, the Minister held a series of meetings outside the conference with institutional investors, funds and private equity managers, fintech incubators, influencers and investors in technology and digital assets businesses. The meetings were fruitful and provided valuable insights to be used as Bermuda continues to improve its service offering in the evolving wealth management arena.”


  • Air Travel: $2,016.30
  • Ground Transportation: $66.75
  • Accommodation: $1,516.88
  • Total costs: $3,599.93

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  1. question says:

    I love how they throw in our faces their First Class travel.

    • Ok says:

      You should have seen Crockwell and Dunks when then travelled 1st class! Dunks loved row 1 on all his trips to Miami for AC but we were broke?

      • 2woke says:

        You must have traveled with them to know this…unless you’re just another liar…I think you’re just another liar. You probably can’t leave the island .LOL

        • Ok says:

          Yes I was in cattle class watching them use our money! STFU

      • Question says:

        Fiction. When you lose an argument you just lie.

  2. potato juice says:

    Ill just keep waiting at the bus stop, while the PLP waits for the OBAS help.

  3. Bill says:

    Typical government waste

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      I do not agree that any of those trips are wasted. Bermuda Government members have been going to the RIMS conference for decades.

      I believe all of those trips to have been valuable.

      I did not see anything in the article about First Class travel.

      • question says:

        Do you think an economy ticket to Boston costs $2,709.90?

  4. O.B.A. with all of the dishonesty and disrespect for BORN BERMUDIANS, cannot match the P.L.P. transparency!!!

    • Question says:

      $5,248 for two nights in Boston. These idiots luuurve spending our money on their luxury lifestyle.

    • CHRIS says:

      “P.L.P. transparency”….hahahaha what an oxymoron. emphasis on the moron!

    • Logic says:

      What is a “born Bermudian”? Bigot.

    • Double S says:

      The OBA created the travel expense page.

  5. gayforward says:

    You’re a joke. You’re the only one who believes your lies. You’re pathetic.