When we hear about all the devastation of hurricane Irma, it almost seems the entire Caribbean was wiped out.
Tourism is the Caribbean’s lifeline, bringing in $56 billion in 2016. But the devastation wrought by hurricanes Irma and Maria will hurt the region come high season this winter, bringing its seven-year streak of year-over-year growth to a halt.
But total devastation is not the case. The Caribbean is a big ocean.
“There is no doubt that this hurricane season has devastated a number of Caribbean islands, but when considering the sheer number of islands in the Caribbean (more than 7,000), travelers soon realize that the majority of Caribbean islands were not affected at all by the storms, or only minimally,” said Ninan Chacko, CEO of Travel Leaders Group in an email statement to NBC News.
“There is still plenty of Caribbean for visitors to experience right now, and this winter season,” agreed Gordon “Butch” Stewart, chairman of Sandals Resorts, referencing figures from the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association that said 70 percent of the region was untouched by hurricanes.
The western Caribbean was untouched by Irma and for those island and resorts – it is business as usual.
[Sourced: by Nicole Spector, Via nbcnews.com]