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
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.