bermuda digital arrival

Bermuda Tourism “Upbeat” Amid Airlift Challenges

By: Caribbean Journal Staff - February 21, 2020

2019 was a year of “measured” performance for Bermuda tourism, as the island saw cuts in airlift but still managed to hit new highs for total visitation numbers. 

Indeed, Bermuda’s overall visitor tally was its highest on record last year, and its second-best total of air arrivals, according to a new report from the Bermuda Tourism Authority. 

That came as Bermuda saw a 5 percent decline in air capacity, with leisure arrivals falling by 6 percent. 

Two carriers reduced their capacity from New York, and flights from Boston were similarly reduced. 

“At the start of 2019, we predicted in-year losses, so, while disappointing, we prepared the industry for this outcome,” said Kevin Dallas, CEO of the Bermuda Tourism Authority. “On the upside: our long-view gains were more robust than anticipated, so the industry and all of Bermuda should feel upbeat about that.”

Dallas said “sustained double-digit growth” in air arrivals through the previous year had positioned Bermuda “well to respond to short-term challenges.”

“We continue to see green shoots fueling the island’s tourism resurgence. Investors, for example, are showing clear confidence in our tourism product, which is moving the island strategically toward growth,” Dallas said. 

For 2020, the BTA anticipates “further reduced airlift,” something that will challenge year-over-year growth, Dallas said. 

“Changing air capacity doesn’t just affect Bermuda—it’s a challenge for every destination as airlines adjust routes and seat numbers according to their own business strategies,” Dallas said. “Global competition remains fierce. Maintaining our strongest air routes and building on already established relationships with key airlines will be critical to our success.”

But that could change in the next few years as Bermuda readies a $280 million airport terminal, and new hotels prepare to come on stream like the new Bermudiana Beach Resort (the island’s first Hilton hotel) and the highly-anticipated St Regis Bermuda, among others. 

— CJ

Popular Posts jamaica new hotel montego bay

Looking for a Budget-Friendly Montego Bay Vacation? There's a New Hotel for That  

It’s home to one of the most famous streets in the Caribbean, named after one of Jamaica’s global music icons: Jimmy Cliff Boulevard.  While the heavily-trafficked street has seen its share of ups and downs in recent decades, that’s been […]

At These 13 Resorts, You Can Take the Perfect Adventure-Filled Vacation in Belize

belize blancaneaux

Belize, a Caribbean travel destination full of natural wonders that also happens to have some of the coolest adventure resorts on the planet, from top-flight jungle hotels to luxurious river lodges and just about everything in between, whether you’re seeking […]

Why Ambergris Caye, Belize is the Caribbean Capital of Overwater Bars

belize san pedro ambergris caye

You can hear the ballad from Palapa halfway across Ambergris Caye; for a moment you swear the voice belongs to Dolly Parton herself.  Palapa is the town’s most prominent stage, hosting a revolving door of talented artists for intimate concerts […]

Related Posts the pool at the jw marriott sint maarten

Marriott Is Opening a Resort in St Maarten 

It might be one of the quietest hotel openings of the year in the Caribbean — but it’s also one of the most significant.  While it’s somehow managed to fly under the radar, Marriott is set to debut its JW […]

The Island of St Kitts Is Hot Right Now — And Travelers Are Flocking

st kitts island

It’s one of the most diverse tourism destinations in the Caribbean: luxury resorts, vibrant rainforests, centuries-old distilleries, uncrowded beaches and arguably the Caribbean’s premier farm-to-table movement.  There’s a reason, after all, travelers have been drawn to St Kitts, an island […]

Avianca Is Launching New Flights from Montreal to Colombia 

bogota marriott

Colombian national carrier is launching a new nonstop service from Montreal to Bogota, Caribbean Journal has learned.  The new service will kick off next month, with the first flight on March 31.  Avianca is operating the service on Airbus A320 […]


Sign up for Caribbean Journal's free newsletter for a daily dose of beaches, hotels, rum and the best Caribbean travel information on the net.

No. Thank You