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Bermuda Tourism Up and Running After Hurricane Igor

September 21, 2010 By: Joe Pike

Like most storms have done so far this season, Hurricane Igor has apparently spared the island of Bermuda of any serious damage and the destination’s tourism industry seems unscathed.

Hurricane Igor, a category one storm, brought heavy rain and high winds, however, the overall damage to the island’s tourism product is considered to be minimal. The vast majority of hotels and resorts were reporting the impact limited mostly to landscaping, which is already in the process of being cleaned.

The L.F. Wade International Airport, which was closed on Sunday for precautionary reasons, was scheduled to re-open for business at 7 a.m. this morning. Visitors are encouraged to contact their travel agents or airlines directly for flight information to the island.

According to Bermuda’s Director of Tourism William “Billy” Griffith, the destination will be ready, willing and able to accommodate arriving visitors.

“We have come through Hurricane Igor remarkably and it will soon be business as usual here in Bermuda,” Griffith said in a written release. “In addition to welcoming our loyal guests, we’re looking forward to executing our upcoming calendar of events for the coming weeks, including the Bermuda Music Festival and PGA Grand Slam of Golf.”

The Bermuda Music Festival, featuring artists such as Ziggy Marley, Toni Braxton, Angie Stone and Estelle will take place at the Fairmont Southampton resort from September 30 – October 2. The PGA Grand Slam of Golf will take place at Port Royal Golf Club from Oct. 18 – 20.

Griffith also praised Bermuda’s tourism partners on island for accommodating guests so well during the storm.

“We’ve received such positive feedback on how our hoteliers managed the guest experience during the hurricane and I’d like to extend my thanks and praise both to our hotel partners and to those guests on island during the storm for being so resilient,” said Griffith.



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