Hotelier bullish on the return of tourism
The Loren Hotel at Pink Beach in Tucker’s Town is preparing for an unusually busy autumn of occupancy, with management bullish on Bermuda’s future tourism success.
Tarryn Clark, the upbeat general manager, said a traditionally soft November for bookings should this year yield to much better occupancy, before the seasonal slump in the winter.
Ms Clark said: “Going into the winter months we have seen an increase in corporate travel. We’ve seen an increase in incentive groups and people who want to do their meetings on site, which is good for us because with those meetings come room nights as well.
“We’ve also seen a very sudden boom in business in November. So, (that is) very good. It’s usually not. October is a good month and then normally from November business starts to drop down, whereas for this year we’ve seen an increase in November business, which is great.
“I expect a slow Q1 next year. I think the seasonality around Bermuda won’t change drastically. It’s just a destination thing, I think. But next year summer, I expect us to be extremely busy.”
Ms Clark sees good signs for a tourism bounce-back in a post-pandemic era, noting that the rebound, so far, has been encouraging. She believes the island has been booming - once you remove the Southampton Princess Hotel expectation - and returning to the pre-pandemic numbers.
She said major hotel properties have had a good summer and measured against the pre-pandemic era to 2019, so has her property.
She said: “This year we have managed to surpass our budget and goals we had achieved in 2019, which is only a positive sign for what is to come next year.”
One pleasant aspect for the property is the amount of business generated by local residents.
She said: “Pink Beach Club is a hit, not only just with our hotel guests, but also with our resident market, and (their business volume is) the best they have ever achieved since opening. It’s not just because of our hotel guests who travel from abroad. We have very good loyalty from residents who live here, as well.”