Wednesday, July 3, 2024

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The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) extends its heartfelt condolences and support to the communities affected by the severe effects of Hurricane Beryl. Significantly affected islands include Carriacou and Petit Martinique in Grenada, along with Mereau, Canouan and Union Island, which are part of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

CHTA President Nicola Madden-Gregg expressed deep concern for the areas hardest hit by the storm and reaffirmed the association’s dedication to assisting with recovery efforts.

“We will work closely with our National Hotel and Tourism Associations in Grenada and St. Vincent to provide the necessary support and assistance to local communities affected by Hurricane Beryl,” Madden-Gregg saidwho spoke of the association’s interest in the safety of everyone still in the path of the storm, including the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.

“In the face of adversity, the resilience of the Caribbean’s primary industry will once again shine through,” said Madden-Gregg, who said the region, with its strong tradition of public-private partnerships, is no stranger to crises.

The reopening of airports and resumption of business activities in the Eastern Caribbean is an example of the premium placed on readiness and determination to recover quickly from such crises. she posted.

“The Caribbean has repeatedly demonstrated our ability to weather storms and crises. We are dedicated to protecting lives and livelihoods, ensuring that our communities are safe and our economy remains strong. CHTA will continue to stand with all affected areas, offering our full support in the recovery efforts.” said Madden-Gregg, who serves as director of sales and marketing with Courtley Hospitality Group in Jamaica.

Nicola Madden-Gregg highlighted that Grenada has received full approval from the authorities to welcome visitors. She stressed that most of the sites across the region are still operational and continue to invite tourists. In addition, she encouraged tourists visiting the affected areas to participate in hurricane relief initiatives.

“Travel to the Caribbean not only helps our tourism industry but also contributes to the recovery of affected areas. We may be knocked down in some areas, but we are a resilient people, and we will bounce back before long. she concluded.

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