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Tourism leaders hold joint strategy meeting

Jason Hayward, Economic and Labour Minister (File photograph)

Hoteliers have joined forces with the Bermuda Tourism Authority and the Government to try and plot a pathway to success in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Jason Hayward, the Minister of Economy and Labour, met industry chiefs at Rosewood Bermuda to examine options.

The joint hotelier stakeholder meeting came after a similar event at the Hamilton Princess last December.

The gathering discussed the industry's current state, hospitality education in schools, ways to attract more Bermudians to the hotel sector, and how to go about revitalising Bermuda's tourism base.

BTA chief executive Charles Jeffers II said: "As an organisation we understand the challenges facing the island's tourism industry and are committed to working collaboratively with our stakeholders to turn the tide and realise the tremendous potential that exists.

“That's why we have joined forces to address the industry's most pressing concerns, build out a platform supporting the development of a quality hospitality workforce, and to lay the groundwork for the future as part of our plan to revitalise tourism."

Mr Hayward stated that the industry was a key element of Bermuda’s economic recovery.

He said: "I am pleased to continue these important stakeholder meetings that are geared toward working to grow our tourism industry, which is vital to job creation and an important pillar of Bermuda's economy."

At present the island has its lowest hotel bed capacity - some 1,800 - since the early 1990s.

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Published May 04, 2022 at 7:41 am (Updated May 04, 2022 at 7:41 am)

Tourism leaders hold joint strategy meeting

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