Tuesday 29 September, 2020

Bermuda: Borders to reopen next month; Tourism Authority getting ready

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As Bermuda prepares to reopen its airport next month, the Tourism Authority continues to liaise with airlines and hotels to gauge and build on the visitor demand.

Last week, the government announced plans to begin Phase 4 of the economic reopening plan on July 1.

This date also signals the reopening of the airport to commercial flights.

Interim CEO of the Bermuda Tourism Authority Glen Jones said they’re looking forward to rebuilding the islands tourism industry.

He said Bermuda has strong advantages over several other destinations which includes but is not exclusive to North American gateways, its clean and safe environment and its robust record of reducing the impact of COVID-19 on public health. 

He said the government is working to finalise the specifics of Phase 4 arrival protocols but potential travellers have already expressed interest in visiting the island and continue to inquire about meeting the requirements.

Meanwhile, CEO of the Bermuda Hotel Association Stephen Todd said the Hotel Association understands more than most the importance of getting a date announced.

He said: “Even with the scheduled flights resuming, restrictions imposed on visitors could result in low hotel occupancy. Individual hotels will need to make decisions about whether to open based on their own projection reports and data from the Bermuda Tourism Authority.”

Todd said safety is in the best interest of both residents and visitors and underscored the need to balance reopening with careful risk assessment.

The Bermuda Tourism Authority said the reopening of the island is indicative of the government’s success at managing the impact of COVID-19.

At present there are five actives cases of the virus in Bermuda, none of which are active.

Interested persons are asked to visit the BTAs website for updates on the reopening.

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