BTA Releases First Quarter Results For 2022

May 16, 2022 | 8 Comments

The Bermuda Tourism Authority today [May 16] released first quarter figures that they said “highlighted gradual recovery for several key tourism metrics.”

A spokesperson said, “According to the data, leisure air visitor arrivals were down 70% over pre-pandemic figures which reflected 314% growth over 2021 measures. Bermuda’s air capacity has dropped by nearly 44% vs 2019 but has increased 112% vs 2021.

“While reduced air capacity, visitor arrivals and hotel capacity continue to challenge the sector, there is a glimmer of hope with triple digit increases over 2021 figures. The sector is gradually moving in the right direction, yet reduced hotel inventory and airlift remain a limiting factor.

BTA Tourism Measures Q1 2022

“Visitor trends including spending and length of stay on island have shifted in the first quarter. Declines in total visitor expenditure over 2019 figures persist with air visitor expenditure in the first quarter totaling $21.6M, 55% down from $48M in 2019 due to the smaller volume of visitors. This represented a 91.5% increase over Q1 2021 air visitor spending.

“The island’s businesses, transportation providers and tourism entrepreneurs rely in large part on the cash injection from visitor spending, and with visitor numbers down, the total volume of cash reflects that reality.

“The good news is the spend per air visitor in Q1 has shown growth of 40% for business and leisure air categories. In fact, in the leisure air category, spending has moved from $1326 per visitor to $1971 per visitor. Length of stay continues to be longer than pre-pandemic levels with visitors during Q1 staying on average 6.68 days, or 21.7% longer than in 2019.

“Vacation rentals have seen a solid return to 2019 occupancy levels with nearly 4% growth over pre-pandemic figures.

“Since 2020, the Bermuda Tourism Authority has engaged the international yachting community through marketing and outreach specifically targeting superyachts. While only the first quarter, growth can be seen in the yacht and superyacht sectors with calls and economic impact up vs 2021 and 2020. 396 visitors came to Bermuda via yachts of all sizes which represents an overall increase of 92% vs 2019. The superyacht category welcomed six superyachts in the first quarter of 2022.

“The business visitor category, decimated over the past two years, has finally shown signs of a recovery with 2,660 visitors travelling here on business from January to March this year. While the business traveller segment has a way to go to match the baseline arrival numbers recorded in 2019, it spiked by 218% over the previous year’s figures.

“This quarter, Business travellers outpaced 2019 length of stay metrics by 48%, averaging 7.69 days on-island. In line with the category’s longer stay, the per person expenditure for business travellers grew by 47% compared with 2019 figures. On March 7 the island’s travel protocols became more streamlined making it simpler to travel to the island, it is expected that along with parallel international shifts in business travel demands and planned on-island conferences, business travel declines will turn around over the next few quarters.”

Charles H. Jeffers II said, “Our tourism sector recovery is underway with tactical marketing and outreach activities geared to ensure our industry stakeholders benefit from renewed interest, more leisure and group business, and increased visitor expenditure. over the coming months. Q2 projections look strong with key international events and growing group business in place to support our goal of boosting our year-round visitor numbers.”

Minister of Tourism, Vance Campbell JP MP, said, “Bermuda’s tourism product continues to feel the impact faced by the world since 2020. In spite of the economic challenges across industries, tourism’s key indicators are moving upwards. With the passing of the Fairmont Southampton Hotel Act 2022 in the House of Assembly, our long-term group business prospects look bright. We recently received more good news with the announcement of the approval of Ariel Sands redevelopment plans. In the short-term, there is cautious optimism for accelerated growth in Q2.”

The full BTA Quarter Tourism Measures Q1 2022 follow below [PDF here]:

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  1. Question says:

    Looks like a total utter frikin disaster. But instead of making Bermuda as appealing as possible, they persist with that stupid TA nonsense.

  2. Ringmaster says:

    Just admit that the BTA and Minister of Tourism are a total failure. “Reduced hotel inventory” is a limiting Factor? Only if the hotels are running at 100% occupancy which is not the case. Other destinations are seeing pre pandemic numbers, why not Bermuda? Get rid of the TAF as a starter, and make more money from more visitors. There has to be a reason for the TAF to continue, and it’s not to benefit Bermuda and Bermudians. By the way, increased business visitors have nothing to do with the BTA.

    • White Wash says:

      If you don’t like it start you’re own party by changing the name again and again.

    • Dirk Gentley says:

      I believe the TAF is intended to benefit the Friends & Family of Bermuda and Bermudians.

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      Reduced hotel capacity is a real problem. It is not the case that one hotel fills up and then another. All hotels in the same class tend to run at approximately the same capacity.

      So 50% of 2,000 hotel beds means roughly 1,000 visitors.

      If re rewind to the heyday of the 1980s, 50% of 12,000 hotel beds means 6,000 visitors.

      That is why hotel capacity is a real problem.

      • Ringmaster says:

        I think you need to relook at your calculations, because if correct Bermuda is doomed.

        • Joe Bloggs says:

          I stand by my explanation of economic theory. My hotel bed numbers for the 1980s is correct prior to September 1987 (when we lost Club Med).

          By 2013 we did not have 5,000 hotel beds to house the Nat West Island Games. We had to build dormitories at CedarBridge Academy and utilise the barracks at Warwick Camp for competitors.

          Since then, Elbow Beach has closed, Southampton Princess has closed, Rosedon Hotel has closed and other accommodation has closed.

          My estimate of 2,000 hotel beds may be off, but not by much.

          My economic theory I stand by.

  3. Expect plenty more of these dismal figures each and every day that ridiculous TA form is in existence.. Only totally clueless fiscal incompetents would even remotely think it is a benefit to Bermuda.. And the revenue argument, is even more stupid.

    Everywhere else is enjoying a huge bump in tourists numbers and Bermuda is still in the ” promising numbers stage ” which we all know means, the numbers are a disaster and they are hoping for something better that will never come..


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