HAMILTON, Bermuda, Wednesday May 17, 2017 – Visitor arrivals to Bermuda are going up.
The Bermuda Tourism Authority (BTA) said the number of tourists who came into the island in the first quarter of the year was up by 19 per cent, spending jumped 30 per cent from January to March, and hotel occupancy increased by 22 per cent.
“That is a straight five quarters of consecutive increases in air arrivals, and our air arrivals are up more than they were a year ago, when they were up by 14 per cent,” reported BTA chief executive officer Kevin Dallas. “That is fantastic year on year growth.”
Speaking at a media conference on Monday, Dallas said most of the growth came from travelers from gateway cities including Boston, Philadelphia and New York, and the only market that was down was London.
He also indicated that the island is getting more of the younger visitors.
“Almost all of our growth is coming from that next generation visitor – 94 per cent of our growth came from visitors who are under 45 – and we held our own among other visitors as well, so overall those numbers are up, just by less than our younger visitors,” Dallas disclosed.
Tourism officials are expecting visitor numbers to go up even further as the island hosts international sailing event, the America’s Cup, later this month, and other events.