Bermuda has recorded a near nine per cent increase in visitor arrivals in the first quarter of 2012, according to statistics released by the Department of Tourism.
It said that a total of 34,571 people came to the British Overseas Territory from January to the end of March this year, up from 31,779 for the corresponding period in 2011.
The figures show that air travel accounted for 31,619 visitors arriving here, a 2.6 per cent increase on the 30,824 who flew to Bermuda in the first three months of last year.
The Canadian region increased its share of the market by two percentage points to 23 per cent, although the United States remained the strongest market at 63 per cent. Air arrivals enjoyed their biggest increase in February, which went up 3.9 per cent.
January and March saw increases of 1.9 per cent and 2.1 per cent respectively. Officials said the average length of stay for each visitor decreased. For those in commercial properties, it went from 4.96 nights to 4.73, while for other visitors it dropped from 6.23 nights to 5.92.
The Department of Tourism did not give the economic impact of the increased visitor arrivals to the island.