News: Tourism across Caribbean struggles following Hurricane Irma impact

The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association has released its latest assessment of the impact of Hurricane Irma, reporting widespread disruption across the region.

Among the worst hit was the island of Barbuda with its approximately 1,800 residents.

The destination was severely impacted by the hurricane which passed directly over the small island, resulting in one fatality.

The prime minister, Gaston Browne said 90 per cent of homes were destroyed.

Barbuda’s hotel infrastructure was also damaged, but with less than 100 hotel rooms the overall effect on tourism as a whole is minimal.

Antigua was not impacted by Hurricane Irma with electricity being resort to the Capital St. John’s and most parts of the island.

The V.C. Bird International Airport opened for all flights on Thursday, September 7th.

With Hurricane Jose threatening, the prime minister issued a mandatory evacuation order for Barbuda on Friday 8th September, the very day the first of three Amerijet cargo planes, with…

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