Bermuda’s shorts are considered one of the country’s most stylish and comfortable clothing choices, and the country has long offered tourists a wide variety of ways to wear them.
But some travelers are now calling for them to be re-imported to the U.S. and Europe, and some are concerned that the trend could put them at risk of contracting Zika.
Travelers in B.C. and Nova Scotia are petitioning to have their clothing declared safe to wear in the U, and for their states to be granted a special exemption for travel to the United States.
“If we do get this done, we’ll be able to get a lot more tourists coming to B.D.C., and we’ll have a huge influx of tourism,” said Kristin Schmitt, an executive director at the B.S.-based Association for Travelers International.
“People in Beds and Nova Scotias want to be able wear the shorts for their own personal style,” she said.
“I think that’s the whole point of having these exemptions.
We want people to be safe.”
The B.B.C.-based B.A.F. said it’s also concerned about the negative impact that the shorts could have on travelers, especially if they get re-exported to Canada.
“It’s a little bit of a red flag, if you will, if someone does go and try and wear it in Canada,” said spokeswoman Kate McManus.
“So if you have a tourist visa that you can bring into the country, and they come into the U., that could be potentially a red line.”
McManus said the Beds-Nova Scotias request was made on behalf of a travel agency that specializes in Bermuda shorts.
“They are a very large company, and we believe that they have an obligation to ensure the safety of their customers,” she added.
The travel agency’s website says it has “over 100 years of experience and expertise in the export of travel and hospitality apparel.”
Bermuda, which has a population of only about 25,000, has long been a destination for visitors from all over the world, with a large number of travelers from Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, South Korea, Spain, and Turkey.
But as the virus has spread throughout Latin America, including into the United Kingdom, it’s become a big draw for tourists, with more than a million people visiting the country last year.
The Canadian government has said the country will continue to be a key tourist destination, but it has also said it will not restrict people from traveling to the country.
The Beds, Nova Scotials, and tourists in Bayside, near Toronto, have been lobbying to have the Bermuds exported back to Canada for more than two years.
McManuses said the company has been in talks with the Canadian embassy in Beddys capital city, and will be in the process of applying for the export permits.