Despite torrential rains causing dramatic flooding and landslides in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, along with neighboring countries in the Eastern Caribbean like St. Lucia and Dominica, the 32-isle nation is still open for business.
Damage remains primarily on mainland St. Vincent’s North Leeward, North Windward, South Leeward, North Central Windward and North Windward sides.
However, the country’s hotel stock received minimal damage and is operating business as usual. The Grenadines, for the most part, were unaffected by the storm including Young Island, Bequia, Mustique, Canouan, Mayreau, Union Island, Palm Island and Petit St. Vincent.
Glen Beache, CEO of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority, expressed deep sympathy to the victims and acknowledged the damage on mainland St. Vincent that will cost millions in restoring roads, bridges and homes. On the upside, he confirmed that the destination’s hotels and tourism establishments across the country have weathered the storm with little or no disruption and continue to welcome guests.
Although some areas of mainland St. Vincent are facing relief efforts, the country as a whole remains fully operational. Local crews are continuing to work around the clock at restoring the island’s infrastructure. St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves met with officials this week involving financial institutions, contractors, local and regional management agencies, representatives of CARICOM, and the governments of neighboring countries like Antigua, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago to discuss assistance with the relief efforts.