Minister of Tourism meets hoteliers – The Royal Gazette

Updated: June 28, 2022 1:53 p.m.

PLP MP Crystal Caesar and Tourism Minister Vance Campbell (second from right) with Esan Frederick (left) and Sascha Hemmann of Rosewood Bermuda. (Photograph provided)

The tourism minister said he met with a range of hoteliers across the island to better understand the challenges facing the industry.

Vance Campbell said in a press release this afternoon that since his appointment in April he had met with management at several hotels, including the Hamilton Princess, Reefs Resort and Club, Rosewood Bermuda, Newstead Belmont Hills and the Royal Palms Hotel.

He said the stakeholder meetings were “vital to improving our working relationships and gaining valuable insights” into the island’s tourism industry.

“Strengthening the lines of communication and collaboration can provide a competitive edge to our tourism product and everything we do,” Campbell said.

“Discussions over the past several months have heightened my respect and appreciation for the resilience of our tourism industry players and their unwavering commitment to Bermuda’s tourism product.

“As I continue to meet and visit other tourism-related businesses, I want to remind everyone involved in Bermuda tourism that this government remains committed to your success.”

The most recent tourism figures, released in May, showed signs of recovery in the wake of Covid-19, but the results pale in comparison to pre-pandemic figures.

Air arrivals figures for the first quarter were 314% higher than 2021, but 70% lower than 2020.

Hoteliers have also called for changes to the controversial $40 travel authorization form, which is seen as a deterrent to some travellers.

The Royal Gazette requested a meeting with the minister.