Bermuda tourism falls to 21-year low
In 2001, 458,814 people visited the affluent mid-Atlantic British colony,
percent from 543,126 in 2000.
This reflected a broad slump in tourism and the airline business worldwide
following the attacks on New York's World Trade Center and the Pentagon by
But the decline in tourism in Bermuda came off a low base as the figure
was already at a 20-year low.
Tourism Minister David Allen also blamed a lack of bed space due to renovations
many hotels for the falloff.
Air arrivals were down 16 percent to 275,009, cruise ship passengers dropped
percent to 179,435, yacht arrivals were off 15 percent to 3,372 and visitors who
flew in and sailed out on cruise-and-stay packages were down 11 percent to 998.
Allen hedged his bets when asked to predict how this summer season would
citing the still soft U.S. economy.
He said the 22-square-mile (57-sq-km) island, which lies 560 miles (700
of North Carolina, could expect a boost in corporate bookings and more
vacationers when Bermuda's largest hotel, the Fairmont Southampton Princess,
opens a spa this spring.
International business has overtaken tourism in recent years as Bermuda's
source of income as growing numbers of reinsurance companies have set up in the
Since September 11, nine new reinsurance companies have announced they
moving to Bermuda.
Copyright 2002 Reuters.