The Bermuda Tourism Authority is a non-government entity responsible for promoting and controlling the island’s tourist industry.
It offers a number of resources that are extremely useful for tourists already in Bermuda or those still at the planning stage.
Visitor Information Centres
The Visitor Information Centres can provide tourists with a great deal of information to assist them with planning their vacation once on the island.
They can be found at the following locations:
- Hamilton Visitor Information Centre – now located at Dangelini’s Cafe next to Hamilton Ferry Terminal
- Dockyard Visitor Information Centre – gazebo on Dockyard Terrace, next to the ferry stop – also at Kings Wharf and Heritage Wharf when cruise ships are in port
- St George’s Visitor Information Centre – King’s Square, St George
Their helpful and knowledgeable staff are willing to answer any question visitors may have. They also stock brochures, bus and ferry timetables, sell tokens and passes for buses and ferries, and much more.
Every visitor should at least pick the pocket-sized map of Bermuda they offer. It’s easy to read and shows all hotels, attractions, golf courses, banks, post offices, transport links (ferry and bus stops, taxi stands etc.), and much, much more. It’s also free.
Official Bermuda Tourism Website
The Bermuda Tourism Authority has a website where it’s possible to obtain further information on hotels, restaurants, things to do and much more.
One of its strongest features is its events section. As well as major events like the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, it also offers comprehensive listings for hundreds of smaller things happening around the island. These include craft demonstrations, guided walks and tours, and art exhibitions.
The site also offers a useful downloads section with brochures and other useful resources for planning a successful trip. These include a map of the island, notice of intended marriage form, a guide to St George, plus brochures for diving, fishing, golf, and more.
Bermuda Tourism Authority
The Bermuda Tourism Authority is an independent organisation responsible for overseeing the island’s tourism product. It replaced the government-run Bermuda Department of Tourism at the beginning of 2014.
The establishment of an independent tourism body was a key element of the One Bermuda Party’s 2012 election manifesto. They believed there was too much political interference in tourism and that the sector would be better run by experts from the private sector.
A bill to establish the new body, the Tourism Authority Act 2013, was passed in the House of Assembly in September 2013.