Bermuda tourist arrivals fall

HAMILTON — Tourist arrivals have dropped by nearly 2.7 per cent year on year, according to the latest government figures.

Numbers for the third quarter of 2012 show a total 260,129 visitors, compared to 267,334 for the same period last year – more than 7,200 tourists down.

There was a total of 80,852 air arrivals – an increase of one per cent compared to the third quarter of 2011 – and 179,124 cruise ship visitors, and eight per cent drop over the same period. A total of 153 yacht visitors also called in to the island.

A government spokesman said: “The majority of visitors continue to originate from the United States, remaining constant with 77 per cent of all visitors.”

The number of tourists from Canada went up by 14 per cent – meaning they now make up a total of nine per cent of all visitors to the island.

The total number of visitors from the UK and Europe, however, both declined, by two per cent and 11 per cent respectively.

Visitors from the rest of the world remains a tiny percentage (2.5) of the total, although numbers in this sector increased by 11 per cent year on year.

The average number of nights on the island for tourists remained steady at 6.35, although the average in commercial properties declined slightly from 5.2 nights to 5.1 over the period.

The spokesman added: “A loss of over 8,000 cruise visitors was experienced in the third quarter of 2012…, the decline was the result of six less cruise ship passengers for the quarter,

“Most of these reduced calls occurred in the month of September, as there were five less cruise calls, resulting in cruise arrivals being down 11 per cent for that month.” (Bermuda Sun)

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