Bermuda: Hotels to rise, even keel on cruises

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MIAMI -- Bermuda's hotel capacity is expected to grow from 3,500 to 10,000 rooms during the next four years, and cruise arrival numbers are likely to remain near 2003 levels, Renee Webb, the island's minister of tourism said at the ASTA World Congress here.

Webb said that despite the substantial increase in hotel capacity, she did not expect the island to surpass its 230,000 cruise-passenger limit.

Six ships have been authorized to make weekly visits and the island is trying to arrange for an additional cruise to dock on weekends at the Royal Naval Dockyard.

The destination currently has just 1,800 rooms available because of Hurricane Fabian, which pounded the island in September.

The Fairmont Southampton and Sonesta Beach hotels are closed until late spring.

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