CHTA ex­presses sad­ness at hur­ri­cane ca­su­al­ties

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

A mem­ber of the Pooler Fire De­part­ment uses a boat to move res­i­dents of homes on Tap­pan Zee Drive after Hur­ri­cane Matthew caused flood­ing in Pooler, Ge­or­gia, United States.

THE CARIBBEAN Ho­tel and Tourism As­so­ci­a­tion (CHTA) has ex­pressed sad­ness at the loss of life and prop­erty fol­low­ing the pas­sage of Hur­ri­cane Matthew through­out the Caribbean last week.

“We send our thoughts and prayers to the fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties that have been im­pacted by this pow­er­ful storm, and con­vey our earnest hopes for a timely re­cov­ery to the peo­ple of our re­gion,” said a state­ment is­sued by CHTA Pres­i­dent Karolin Trou­bet­zkoy.

“We are es­pe­cially con­cerned about the peo­ple of Haiti, where the loss of life has been great. Many more are now strug­gling to pick up the pieces there and in other na­tions im­pacted by the storm,” the state­ment said.

CHTA said it re­mained at its mem­bers’ dis­posal to as­sist them dur­ing th­ese try­ing cir­cum­stances, adding that it was proud of the way mem­bers were sup­port­ing each other and guests to the re­gion.

“We are humbly re­minded once again that some­times, de­spite our best plan­ning and prepa­ra­tion ef­forts, we are vul­ner­a­ble to th­ese types of dis­as­ters,” the state­ment said.

CHTA said it will work closely with its pub­lic-sec­tor

part­ner, the Caribbean Tourism Or­ga­ni­za­tion and di­as­pora com­mu­ni­ties to help co­or­di­nate re­lief to the re­gion.

It called on ev­ery­one to unite in sup­port of those who have borne, and are con­tin­u­ing to bear, the brunt of the pow­er­ful storm.

“As we have ex­pe­ri­enced on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions, our re­silience and re­liance on one an­other will take us through,” CHTA said.

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