, 2022-10-07 14:54:32,
Minister of Tourism Vance Campbell provided an update on tourism in the House of Assembly today [Oct 7], speaking about statistics, vacation rentals, cruises, airlift, hotel capacity, events, attracting superyachts, entertainment, the brand campaign, tourism strategic recovery plan and more.
The State of Tourism
Mr. Speaker, as we look back at the third quarter of 2022, Bermuda has seen momentum build after two years of a decimated global tourism industry. By the end of August, Bermuda welcomed over 98,000 air visitors to the island. While we are seeing growth, year-over-year, we have not yet achieved the volumes of 2019. The Bermuda Tourism Authority projects Bermuda’s year-end visitor volume to be approximately 56% of 2019.
Mr. Speaker, some tourism measures have exceeded 2019 figures. Per person spending by air leisure visitors was up by 32% this summer. This means that today’s leisure visitor provides more value to the economy. More is being spent in Bermuda’s hotels, shops, and businesses at $2,030 per person than they did individually in 2019 when each air leisure visitor spent $1,534 on average. The average length of stay year to date shows that Bermuda’s leisure visitors are booking vacations that are 11% longer than in 2019.
The vacation rental category connects a wide cross-section of Bermudians with a new category of visitors looking to explore Bermuda from a local vantage point. It has been a vital shot in the arm to a segment of locals…
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