Hotels expect boost from triathlon events
Hotels have hailed the news that Bermuda will host three international triathlon events.
The island will welcome thousands of race competitors, back room staff, international media as well as spectators for the events in April 2018, 2019 and 2020.
The global competitions are expected to boost occupancy hotel numbers as well as bring in significant revenue to the island.
Stephen Todd, chief executive of the Hotel Association, told The Royal Gazette that the events would allow Bermuda to showcase itself to a wide audience.
“The Bermuda Hotel Association members are very excited to hear that Bermuda will be hosting the series of triathlon events as it will boost our overall occupancy numbers as we head into the traditionally busier months,” he said.
“It will also afford us the opportunity to showcase our destination in terms of our natural beauty and the many amenities, activities and services which our visitors can enjoy.
“As it is anticipated that the events will attract international journalists and press coverage this will be a significant added benefit to the island.
“Our members stand ready to do our part in ensuring our visitors and guests have a very enjoyable time and experience as we work in conjunction with our industry partners who have brought this exciting series of sports activities to Bermuda.”
Bermuda has secured three stops on the International Triathlon Union World Triathlon Series, although the 2020 Grand Final has gone to Edmonton in Canada.
The announcement was made on Thursday by Senator Michael Fahy, the Minister of Tourism, Transport and Municipalities, who was part of a bid team that was headed by Flora Duffy, Bermuda’s very own world champion. The minister said the cost to host ITU events is in the region of $2 million and $2.5 million, and will be money well spent in terms of the revenue it will generate.
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