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Bermuda records surge in tourist arrivals in 2017

Tourism in Bermuda soared in 2017, according to new data released by the Bermuda Tourism Authority. More than 690,000 visitors visited the Caribbean island last year, which was a four percent increase on the nation's record set in 2007. Occupancy levels in hotels on the island averaged at 63 percent, which was nine percent increase compared to 2016.

Bermuda records surge in tourist arrivals in 2017

Bermuda has recorded a surge in visitor numbers after receiving more than 690,000 international arrivals in 2017. This was a four per cent increase compared to the nation’s previous best of 664,000 in 2007.

According to data released by the Bermuda Tourism Authority, hotel occupancy levels in Bermuda averaged at 63 per cent, which was a nine per cent increase compared to 2016. Visitor spending reached $431 million, which was a 20 per cent rise compared to the previous year.

Kevin Dallas, the Chief Executive of the Bermuda Tourism Authority, explained: 

“Beginning in 2014 the Bermuda Tourism Authority began a multiyear strategy to restore the island’s tourism industry to prominence. Last year was a major stride forward on that journey.

“Balancing air and cruise arrivals and breaking the back of seasonality remain areas where the industry has a lot of work to do, but the performance in 2017 should give all of Bermuda a dose of optimism that we can overcome our tourism challenges in the years ahead if we continue on the current path.”

The date revealed that the island recorded 270,000 air arrivals in 2017, which is up by ten per cent. More than 418,000 cruise passengers visited the island, up five per cent on 2016, and yacht arrivals were up by 31 per cent.

The island’s increase in tourism is said to have been helped by its hosting of America’s Cup race. The nation is a popular sailing destination and a stop-off point for yachting enthusiasts.

The Caribbean nation is also seeing an increase in hotel development, including renovations and new additions. The Rosewood Bermuda is currently undergoing an extensive a $25 million renovation project. The property closed to guests in January and it will refurbish its guest rooms, golf clubhouse, spa, and beach club, and add new bars and restaurants when it reopens in April this year.
The Caroline Bay waterfront destination is under construction on the west end of the island. The development will feature the Caroline bay Marina and the Ritz-Carlton Reserve with 77 rooms, two villas, and 173 residences.

The St. Regis Hotel in St. George is scheduled to open in 2020. The property will have 122 guest rooms, an 18-hole golf course and a casino.

Bermuda is a British overseas territory, that sits in the North Atlantic Ocean off the east coast of the United States. Famous for its stunning unique pink sand beaches and azure ocean, the island is a hotspot for scuba diving enthusiasts, couples and families. Popular attractions include the Bermuda Aquarium, Zoo and Museum, the Bermuda Maritime Museum, the Royal Naval Dockyard, and the historic town of St George which is also a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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