BTA Releases Q2 2022 Tourism Statistics

August 12, 2022 | 6 Comments

The Bermuda Tourism Authority [BTA] today released second-quarter tourism measures, stating that “while there has been significant upward movement from the lows of the past two years, on most measures, there is still a way to go to meet pre-pandemic numbers.”

A spokesperson said, “The report highlights gradual recovery in all categories and the silver linings, including spikes in yacht visitation, vacation rental recovery, and hotel revenue growth.

“Bermuda welcomed 33,264 vacation and leisure air visitors in the second quarter, 48.2% below the volume seen during the same period in 2019: nonetheless, a welcome boost to the sector, more than doubling 2021 numbers. Total vacation and leisure visitor arrivals [including air and cruise] totaled 156,277 visitors for the period.

“While the pace of US and Canadian visitation numbers align with the overall leisure arrival figures, UK leisure numbers have moved more quickly towards 2019 measures showing just a 23.2% decline over 2019.

“The growth in the UK market may be attributed to several factors including the gateway shift to London Heathrow, intensified marketing focus for the UK and European markets, and the UK government’s hastened return to pre-pandemic normalcy.

BTA Executive Summary Q2 Aug 2022

“Measures for visitor arrivals and visitor expenditure are linked, so it is unsurprising that lower visitor numbers have borne lower overall visitor spending. Estimated overall air visitor expenditure was down by 30.3% over 2019.

“The good news is that per person spending for air leisure visitors was up by nearly the same percentage at 32.3%. This indicates that today’s leisure visitor provides more value to the economy pouring more [$2,030 pp] into Bermuda businesses than they did individually in 2019 [$1,534 pp]. The extended average length of stay year to date shows that Bermuda’s leisure visitors are booking vacations that are 11.4% longer than in 2019.

“As global travel has opened, and families and friends seek to reconnect after two years of pent-up desire, family-centered travel has re-emerged. Destination weddings have seen great upward movement since the significant reduction of the category in 2020, moving to 32.3% below 2019 levels. Similarly, visitors, who have self-reported the purpose of their visit as visiting family, friends, or relatives [VFR] have seen a strong recovery with 6,197 visitors 27% below 2019 levels.

“After two years of virtually no cruise activity, the cruise sector made a solid showing in 2022 Q2 with 123,013 cruise arrivals, 44.2% down from 2019. All indications point to continued growth in cruise visitors to Bermuda in 2022.

“The BTA Maritime Strategy has delivered big wins for Bermuda in Q2. With the return of the well-established sailing races from Newport, and Annapolis, SailGP’s season three opener, and Bermuda’s host port status for the Clipper Round the World Race, yacht passenger arrivals have exceeded 2018 and 2019 numbers.

“The report highlights the steady growth in superyacht calls to the island, which counted 66 superyachts in the second quarter, soaring past the number of calls recorded in 2020 when the superyacht legislation first opened Bermuda up to the luxury charter vessels. A key measure of success is the estimated economic impact of superyachts which spiked to $1.9 M between April and June 2022 bringing the year-to-date total estimated economic impact to $2.3 M.

“The vacation rental category has shown strong performance with 74.2% occupancy in Q2 averaging more than a week in the length of stay. The category has given local homeowners a new opportunity to participate in the tourism economy and it has reaped rewards, delivering 19.3% growth over 2019.

“The hospitality sector bore the brunt of tourism’s economic challenges wrought by the pandemic. However, Q2 accommodation statistics have revealed good news for the hotels that were able to remain open in 2022. While hotel occupancy has lagged 2019 figures by 11.8%, revenue per available room [RevPAR] has exceeded 2019 numbers by 16.5%. What’s more, with hotel daily rates [ADR] up by 32.1% over 2019, hotels are beginning to see a silver lining.”

“As a data-driven organisation, we look forward to regularly sharing our quarterly reports with our stakeholders and the wider community.” Said Tracy Berkeley, interim CEO, “This report reveals growth opportunities, identifies low-performance categories, and highlights evolving trends. Our team has been focused on executing our strategic tourism recovery plan, and while we won’t see an immediate return to 2019 figures across the board, we are encouraged by incremental gains across all measures and the progress towards our objectives.”

“Bermuda Tourism Authority publishes quarterly tourism measures and annual reports which are available on the BTA corporate page on the GotoBermuda.com website.”

The full Q2 2022 Tourism Measures Report follows below [PDF here]:

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  1. Brian Fog says:

    If you’re not willing to move with the times, allow in the unvaccinated and scrap the TA we will be back to hard times from November. Your dystopian health policies are wrecking many chances at an economic recovery. Even the CDC has just removed most of the guidelines as they realize Covid is not going anywhere and the policies are more damaging than the disease. Keep the TA and keep paying the Airport for lack of arrivals. This is not rocket science!

  2. Ringmaster says:

    Comparing 2022 to 2019 is pathetic. If arrivals aren’t at least 500% up then the BTA is a pointless waste of money, which it clearly is. With so few hotel beds available, the proof of success would be to say all hotels are at 100% occupancy every month, and visitors are being turned away. Not happening, so tourism is still way down, when so many other destinations are seeing record numbers. Total failure by a Government run authority, but no surprise there.

  3. Squid says:

    thank goodness Bermuda tourism is in recovery, sure wish the same could be said for St. George’s recovery. . The PLP have tried their best , they built them a new bow loading ferry dock , and what did they do they destroyed it, must have been at the wrong end of the town .

    • Question says:

      You have to be pretty gullible to think Bermuda’s tourism is ‘in recovery’. The TA form is discouraging tourists, and stopping IB visitors, all costing us income and jobs. It’s a major scandal. We know why the TA form exists, but we can’t say it. Isn’t that right, Mr Burt?

  4. Open Bermuda Up says:

    The UK numbers are growing in Bermuda as the UK has essentially returned to normal in all respects relating to the past Covid issues.
    The auS and Bermuda continue to push the fear, remain in emergency mode, block unvaccinated from entry and require laborious TA forms while constantly pushing Covid numbers down our throats. Move on government. You have been the roadblock to growth in Bermuda. Shame on you.

  5. Ringmaster says:

    The biggest hindrance to increasing tourists is the BTA itself. Close destinations like Jamaica, Bahamas, Costa Rica etc have their own identity which rarely changes. Bermuda changes all the time, almost month to month it seems. Come to enjoy England as it was. No way, destroyed for political purposes. Pink sand and quiet. Pink sand, yes, but quiet, No. Las Vegas, Black Mayors Conference. Joke. Bermuda has lost itself and has no soul, no uniqueness, just trying to be everything and being nothing. In a world that seems to have gone mad, Bermuda could be the tranquil place to escape, but no.

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