USA Bermuda tourism bouncing back in 2011 By Gay Nagle Myers / August 02, 2011 Share 1 -- Air visitors to Bermuda increased 3.8% in the second quarter, according to Patrice Minors, minister of tourism. Air arrivals totaled 80,462 passengers from April through June, up from 77,512 in the same period the year before. The increase follows a 6.8% jump in first-quarter arrivals. Bermuda hasn't had two quarters of consecutive growth since 2005, according to Minors. The nine largest members of the Bermuda Hotel Association, which provide 75% of the island’s hotel rooms, reported a 3% increase in occupancy in the second quarter, following a similar jump in the first quarter. Summer traffic has been strong, Minors said. “We are encouraged by the business forecasts moving forward, but there still is a lot of work to do,” Minors said. Bermuda tourism officials will continue to market proximity to the U.S., events and the island’s diverse attractions. Bermuda will host the PGA Grand Slam of Golf Oct. 18 and 19. The tournament, to be played at Port Royal Golf Course in Southampton, features the winners of the year's four major golf championships.