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CTO continues to support Hurricane Irma affected member countries

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – It’s been just over a week since the dangerous category 5 Hurricane Irma first made landfall, ravaging the once charming surrounds of the island of Barbuda and leaving behind the pummelled remains of homes, schools, village shops – 90 per cent of the buildings.

In the ensuing days we witnessed nature at its destructive, damaging and demolishing worst, as the monstrous storm battered a number of our member countries in the northern Leeward Islands and further north with its winds of 185 miles per hour, inflicting harm with various degrees of severity.

CTO continues to support Hurricane Irma affected member countries such as Barbuda
Hurricane Irma devastates Barbuda
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In the wake of the storm we have witnessed the pain of those who lost loved ones, the agony of so many who lost their homes and all their belongs, and the angst of an entire Caribbean concerned for the welfare of the affected.

But we have also witnessed the dogged determination that defines the people of the Caribbean who refuse to surrender even in the most difficult of times.

It is because of this remarkable resilience that so many of the affected countries are beginning to open again for business; that the worst affected have their airports functioning again, if only to receive relief supplies and get visitors out; and it is this remarkable resilience that drives the process of recovery, reconstruction and refurbishment.

There is a commitment to emerge from this much stronger than before, and over the past week or so we have witnessed the will, determination and hard work that the local, regional and international teams are putting in to ensure the affected countries return to normality in the quickest possible time.

Irma’s destruction has strengthened the Caribbean’s resolve to rebuild in a manner that is structurally sound, assures sustainability and demonstrates respect for the environment.

This is an opportunity for the entire Caribbean to champion the message of sustainable development and help focus public attention on issues related to the dangers of climate change.

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) expresses our heartfelt sympathy to the families of those who lost loved ones, and our unwavering support for everyone who has been affected by Hurricane Irma.

Working side by side with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency, our private sector partners the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association, the cruise lines, airlines, other industry partners and the international community, we are encouraged by the outpouring of assistance.

Support has also come from our many member countries that were spared the fury of this dangerous storm, and from those who were impacted but spared the worst. They, together with countless Caribbean nationals everywhere are offering assistance, or launching initiatives to raise funds for the relief effort. Some are sending manpower, some goods and some cash. The CTO thanks and applauds them all.

Bahamas Tourism and Aviation Minister Dionisio D’Aguilar assumes role of Caribbean Tourism Organization Chairman
Bahamas Tourism and Aviation Minister, Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar

As our chairman, the minister of tourism for The Bahamas, said, we have weathered many storms, we are resilient and we will navigate the road to recovery together. We have activated our Hurricane Relief Fund to help our people and countries rebuild after the storm.  We appreciate your contribution and encourage you to be generous.







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