The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) is commending regional governments and the tourism industry for their response to Hurricane Dorian.
As Hurricane Dorian continues to impact parts of the region with wind and rainfall, Frank Comito, CEO and director general of CHTA, says regional governments and travel companies have been vigilant in letting the population know of the impending storm, and that they were prepared for the damage.
He says the 33 countries and independently governed territories in the Caribbean take up a distance from east to west that is equal to that from Los Angeles to Atlanta, and that the range from north to south is equal to the distance from Canada to Miami. "There are absolutely sunny skies across most of our region, and we declare unequivocally that the region is open for business," he said in a written statement.
Comito reminded the traveling public to watch weather reports before traveling and encouraged other countries and territories to keep a close eye on what could potentially come from the storm. He called on travelers to watch airline schedules, as some may change as a response to the storm but should be rescheduled if affected.
While Dorian is expected to reach a Category 4 storm as it approaches the Bahamas and Florida, the destinations it has passed over in the Caribbean have all reported little to no effects from the storm.
Throughout the year, CHTA works with the industry on readiness plans, providing recommended guidelines for hotel cancellations in the event of a storm, sharing useful guides for readiness planning, insurance planning, communications practices, and joining with partners like Tropical Shipping in conducting readiness training each spring. This year, the company partnered with The Nature Conservancy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the ocean and coasts from climate change, to protect the Caribbean.
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