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Double-digit drop in arrivals for Bermuda – after poor 2000

Tourist arrivals in Bermuda<.> fell by 16 per cent to a 21-year low last year because of the events of 11 September and the…

Tourist arrivals in Bermuda<.> fell by 16 per cent to a 21-year low last year because of the events of 11 September and the weakening US economy. In 2001, 458,814 people visited the affluent mid-Atlantic British colony, down 16 per cent on 2000. What made the decline even worse was that tourism in 2000 was already at a 20-year low.



Bermuda`s tourism minister, David Allen, has also blamed a lack of bed space for the drop in demand, due to renovations in many hotels for the falloff. Air arrivals were down 16 per cent to 275,009, cruise ship passengers dropped 14 per cent to 179,435, yacht arrivals were off 15 per cent to 3,372 and visitors who flew in and sailed out on cruise-and-stay packages were down 11 per cent to 998.



When asked to predict how this summer season was expected to be, Allen said the 57-square kilometre island, which lies at 700 kilometres east 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. Tourism has been overtaken by international business in recent years as Bermuda`s biggest source of income since growing numbers of reinsurance companies have set up in the island.

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