A full day of discussion on Bermuda’s National Tourism Plan for 2019 to 2025 is now underway at Hamilton Princess, where more than 300 stakeholders pre-registered for the one-day Tourism Summit organised by the Bermuda Tourism Authority.

BTA Board Chairman, Paul Telford, who is also the Managing Director at Rosewood, in his welcome address, told a packed audience that after a record breaking year of tourism arrivals in 2017,  and even more sports tourism events in the pipeline, the national plan moving forward is a “tourism road map for the next four to six years”.

BTA CEO Kevin Dallas noted that leisure tourist arrivals were also up 15 percent and that the way forward has everything to do with their long term ambition with the short term direction on “where we need to go” as a tourist destination.

“We created a robust, inspirational and actionable National Tourism Plan to ensure that all voices are heard, including BTA detractors,” he said.

“This plan fosters collaboration not competition and provides a shared vision following exhaustive research.”

He also noted that there are those who have become cynical about tourism.

Tourism Minister Jamahl Simmons will deliver the keynote address at today’s luncheon at 1pm as the full day of discussions continue.

We’ll have more on the one-day summit later today.