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Cruise ships boost visitor arrivals

Visitor arrivals have increased for the third quarter running, an “excited” Tourism Minister announced this morning.

Minister Wayne Furbert said that all visitor arrival segments had recorded an increase in numbers for the third quarter of 2011.

“Total visitor arrivals were up by 7.3 percent in July, 10.4 percent in August and despite several hurricane threats, up 56.8 percent in September,” said Mr Furbert.

“The majority of visitor arrivals stemmed from cruise visitors, the accumulated total arrivals for the months July, August and September increased by a staggering 17 percent year over year with 267,602 visitors touching the Island's shores during this period.”

Air arrival statistics were a bit more modest compared to the overall stats. Just 79,917 visitors came to Bermuda by air in the third quarter, a one percent increase over 2010. July and August remained constant but September logged a nine percent increase in air visitors.

The majority of visitors were from the US, with a 77 percent share (an increase of two percentage points).

“The year to date cumulative increase in visitors from the United States now stands at 5.5 percent,” the Minister continued.

“During this quarter, service from Canada was reduced by four flights per week compared to 2010. As a result, the percentage of visitors from Canada declined by two percentage points. Cumulative air visitors from Canada year to date are showing a decline of 2.6 percent.

Minister of Business Development and Tourism, the Hon. Wayne Furbert hosted a media briefing to discuss the 3rd Quarter Visitor Arrival Stats.

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Published November 24, 2011 at 1:00 pm (Updated November 24, 2011 at 1:33 pm)

Cruise ships boost visitor arrivals

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