THE STATE OF PLAY

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A num­ber of ho­tels have be­gun clean-up op­er­a­tions, while the Mal­liouhana and Quintessence Bou­tique Re­sorts both an­tic­i­pated more ex­tended re­cov­ery times. ho­tel rooms have been dam­aged, the long-term ef­fect should be “min­i­mal”.

“The Ba­hamas is get­ting back to busi­ness as air­ports are open in Nas­sau, Grand Ba­hama Is­land and on nearly all Out Is­lands,” said the CTO. “Parts of the south­ern is­lands were more heav­ily im­pacted.” How­ever, the CTO said the “ma­jor­ity of ho­tels and re­sorts are op­er­at­ing as usual”. The Bri­tish Over­seas Ter­ri­tory re­ceived sig­nif­i­cant dam­age but many ho­tels say they can re­open shortly.

Thomas Cook is con­tin­u­ing to evac­u­ate its cus­tomers from the is­land, the north­ern coast of which was hit badly by Irma. The op­er­a­tor said it was of­fer­ing cus­tomers due to travel to Cayo Coco up to the end of Oc­to­ber free can­cel­la­tions or re­book­ings. It said the Cayos had re­ceived “con­sid­er­able dam­age” and that it was re­view­ing the sta­tus of its ho­tels in Ha­vana.

The CTO said all the ho­tels it had heard from were fully op­er­a­tional.

“All ser­vices re­main in oper­a­tion and we con­tinue to wel­come peo­ple,” said the CTO.

The same is true of Montser­rat, which said it has emerged “un­scathed”.

The Puerto Rico Tourism Com­pany said that “nearly all ho­tels are op­er­a­tional and re­ceiv­ing guests”, in­clud­ing a num­ber of Mar­riott prop­er­ties that wel­comed some 700 guests from nearby is­lands. The Fran­coDutch is­land was hit hard by Irma and the re­lief ef­fort is con­tin­u­ing. Nearly all re­sorts and ho­tels were dam­aged, some se­ri­ously, and vi­tal aid is cur­rently the fo­cus of the au­thor­i­ties. Club Med, which has a re­sort on the is­land, said all guests had been flown home and that it will not be ac­cept­ing new guests un­til Oc­to­ber. While a num­ber of re­sorts re­main open, oth­ers, in­clud­ing Gan­sevoort, said they will close for a month to as­sess the dam­age. Ports and air­ports have re­opened and the ma­jor­ity of ho­tels on St Croix are open again. St Thomas, how­ever, suf­fered more dam­age. Nearly all re­sorts have said they will be closed un­til fur­ther no­tice.

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