Bermuda reports 11 percent drop in air arrivals

Tourists from the United States made up the largest proportion of air arrivals during the fourth quarter of 2009. The total count of American visitors edged down 1 percent to 33,152.

HAMILTON, Bermuda  _ The global recession is continuing to take a bite out of Bermuda tourism.

The British territory’s government says air arrivals in 2009 decreased by close to 11 percent compared to the previous year. Arrivals have declined every quarter since the final three months of 2007.

Tourists from the United States made up the largest proportion of air arrivals during the fourth quarter of 2009. The total count of American visitors edged down 1 percent to 33,152.

The number of visitors from Britain dropped 10 percent and from Canada 4 percent.

Overall visitor spending on the Atlantic island fell 23 percent to $266 million.

Bermuda released yearend tourism statistics Monday.

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