by Terence Baker | April 01, 2005

Molly Anderson"The stores here are closed on Sundays, but this forces you to rest, which is not necessarily a bad thing."

Molly Anderson is director of destination services at the 593-room Fairmont Southampton in Bermuda. She heads up Discover Bermuda, the hotel’s destination management company, which was launched on Jan. 1. Anderson, who has worked in La Quinta, Calif., and Tucson, Ariz., among other places, moved to Bermuda last September.

Why did the Fairmont set up Discover Bermuda? They did so in order to give to destination services on the island the same quality that the hotel provides for its guests.

Is there a strong demand for your services? Yes. Tourism used to be the big industry here, and the island’s minister of tourism is under pressure to bring it back to its heyday. As by far the biggest hotel here, we certainly can use our strength to provide excellent service, although we made the decision only to provide services to our hotel’s clients, not to outside hotels. That said, guests here can choose an outside DMC if they wish.

What are your impressions of Bermuda? It is very clean and safe. I have worked in Hawaii, and I will say the beaches here are better, sort of Cape Cod-meets-Hawaii. The snorkeling is right offshore, and the people are friendly and well traveled particularly the taxi drivers. Also, the shopping is excellent and upscale.

Are there downsides? The stores here are closed on Sundays, but this forces you to rest, which is not necessarily a bad thing. Driving on the left side of the road also is a problem for me.