by Lisa A. GrimaldiDecember 1, 2012
Bermuda's year-round balmy temperatures, pink sand beaches and proximity to major East Coast hubs like New York City and Philadelphia (just a two-hour flight from both) make the beautiful island nation a convenient and desirable spot for meetings and incentives.
Tax HavenAll meetings held on Bermuda are U.S. tax deductible; the island has no sales tax, and food-and-beverage costs for group functions are not taxed.
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The 410-room Fairmont Hamilton Princess has been purchased by Bermuda developer Peter Green and his two sons. The landmark property, which has nine meetings rooms, will undergo a $50 million refurbishment that includes the development of a marina. Fairmont Hotels and Resorts remains the management company for the property.
Rosewood Hotels & Resorts now manages Tucker's Point Hotel & Spa. The 88-room property, officially renamed Rosewood Tucker's Point, has 19 meeting and event spaces. In other changes at the hotel, the spa has been relaunched under the Sense name, Rosewood's proprietary brand.
Beginning in April, Delta Air Lines will start daily year-round service between New York City's LaGuardia International Airport and Bermuda's L.F. Wade International Airport, making it even easier for U.S. travelers to head to the island.
The 593-room Fairmont Southampton, Bermuda Resort, has completed upgrades to its guest rooms and public spaces, including the restaurant, which is now called the Ocean Club. The property has 18 meeting rooms.
Meeting Hotels Among Bermuda's meeting and incentive properties are the 593-room Fairmont Southampton, Bermuda Resort; 410-room Fairmont Hamilton Princess; 201-room Grotto Bay Beach Resort & Tennis Club; 98-room Elbow Beach, Bermuda; 88-room Rosewood Tucker's Point; 94-room Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa; 94-room Pink Beach Club & Cottages; 75-room Pompano Beach Club; 64-room Coco Reef Resort, and 45-room Newstead Belmont Hills Golf Resort and Spa.
Time Zone Bermuda's time is one hour later than U.S. Eastern Standard Time.
Airport Transit L.F. Wade International Airport, 11 miles from downtown Hamilton. Transfer cost by taxi, $35
Taxes Room tax, 7.25%; sales tax, 0%; total tax on hotel rooms, 7.25%