BHA: hotels face steep climb back from Covid-19 slump
Hotel business recovery hinges on how the Covid-19 pandemic can be contained, the Bermuda Hotel Association has said.
Stephen Todd, the chief executive of the BHA, added that hoteliers were “optimistic that we will start to see a gradual increase in visitor arrivals”.
There are 23 hotels and guesthouses open and six resorts scheduled to open later this year.
Opening dates have yet to be fixed for Elbow Beach in Paget and the Fairmont Southampton.
Elbow Beach announced a temporary closure in July last year because of the impact of Covid-19.
The Fairmont Southampton, Bermuda’s biggest resort, shuttered last October for the same reason.
But management also announced a multimillion dollar renovation programme, which was due to be completed by next year.
Resorts now open range from the Azura Bermuda on South Shore in Warwick to the Willowbank Resort in Somerset.
Mr Todd said that BHA members stood “ready to welcome both first time and repeat visitors and guests to their properties and our overall destination”.
He added: “The constraint at the moment is that with significant reduced airlift by our airline partners, primarily due to the adverse impact and lockdowns which the Covid-19 pandemic is having on our major trading partners in the US, Canada and the UK.
“We must await improved conditions in controlling the virus and increased interest on the part of travellers to begin to travel internationally once again.”
Mr Todd said hoteliers were resigned to a slow fight back to normality.
The airport closed to commercial flights last March and reopened on July 1.
But the airline industry has struggled to get off the ground.
British Airways cut flights to Bermuda last week from five a week to two because of the UK’s lockdown.
Cruise ships are scheduled to return on April 7 with the arrival of the Carnival Pride and the Norwegian Gem.
Mr Todd said: “We do recognise that it will be a much slower and longer progression before we begin to experience the volumes that experience prior to last year.
“Our objective remains to ensure that we can keep as many of our industry colleagues employed as we seek to grow overall hotel visitor stays and occupancy levels.”
Aunt Nea’s Inn
Blue Horizons Guest House
Coco Reef Resort
Coral Beach Club
Edgehill Manor Guest House
Greenbank Guest House
Little Pomander Guest House
Newstead Belmont Hills Resort
The Reefs Club
Rosemont Guest Suites
Royal Palms Hotel
The Sandpiper Guest Apartments
The Loren Hotel
Hamilton Princess & Beach Club
Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa
Grotto Bay Beach Resort
Hotels scheduled to open:
Pompano Beach Resort: February 26, 2021
The Reefs Resort: March 1, 2021
Garden House: April 1, 2021
St Regis Bermuda: April 1, 2021
Bermudiana Beach Resort: July 1, 2021
Rosedon Hotel: October 1, 2021
Still to be announced