Hurricanes Irma, Harvey and Mexico earthquake: Reports From the Ground and How You Can Help

As recovery efforts begin and the impact of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey and the Mexico earthquake on the travel and hospitality community is assessed, SITE will do our best to connect with our members to provide regular updates from the region.  In the meantime, here are some links to resources in Florida, the Caribbean and Southeast cities, as well as updates on the recovery efforts in Houston ad  . As we receive more current information, we will continue to update these resources. 

The US Travel Association has also published a list of ways to assist with disaster relief. https://www.ustravel.org/hurricanerelief

Bahamas:

The Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board and Paradise Island Tourism Development Association report that the destination is back to normal and open for business following the passing of Hurricane Irma.  Nassau Paradise Island was not impacted and Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) reopened on Sunday, Sept. 10. As always, travelers are encouraged to contact their respective airlines for the most up-to-date flight information.

There are no reports of severe damage to tourism infrastructure across the islands and the  Port of Nassau has reopened. https://www.bahamas.com/storms

The Caribbean:

Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association has a on-line knowledge hub with up to date information on Irma’s impacts on tourism in the Caribbean.

http://www.caribbeanhotelandtourism.com/knowledge-center/hurricane-center/

Caribbean Tourism Organization

Following is an update regarding Irma’s impact on islands in the Caribbean.

http://www.onecaribbean.org/cto-storm-watch-centre/

The Caribbean Tourism Recovery Fund is the travel industry’s response: a way to directly support the destinations and attractions that were most impacted by Hurricane Irma, speeding the return of visitors and jobs. 

http://www.tourismcares.org/caribbean

Cuba:

Power remains out in much of Havana and outlying provinces and government's preliminary assessment shows impacts on housing, the electricity system and agriculture.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/hurricane-irma-blamed-for-10-deaths-in-cuba-1505148584

Dominican Republic:

The Dominican Ministry of Tourism reports that the country’s tourist destinations were not negatively affected by Hurricane Irma and are up-and-running as usual.“Hotels and resorts are back to normal and welcoming tourists,” said Dominican Tourism Minister Francisco Javier García. “Thanks to God and to the application of well-planed security and prevention protocols, no tourist or hotel center suffered any serious damage.”

http://www.godominicanrepublic.com/press/media-coverage/media/hurricane-irma/

Charleston, South Carolina:

http://www.charlestoncvb.com/

We are grateful that #Charleston has sustained minimal damage & we are cleaning up to welcome our visitors. http://bit.ly/2xX6BAw

Florida:

Stay up-to-date on what's happening right now in Florida. See live tweets from the local official destination marketing organizations, available 24/7.

http://www.visitflorida.com/en-us/florida-now.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/11/us/hurricane-irma-florida.html?smid=pl-share

http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/11/us/irma-city-by-city/index.html

Hotels Reopening Post-Irma

https://www.meetingstoday.com/NewsEvents/IndustryNews/IndustryNewsDetails/RegionID/211/ArticleID/31266?topic=644&SID=1668420

Greater Miami and the Beaches is surveying impact from the effects of Hurricane Irma. Here is a comprehensive list of resources to assist you.

http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/travel-weather-advisory

Florida Keys:

Miami-Dade and Broward counties were spared the worst of the storm, but the Florida Keys were hit hard.


Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/weather/hurricane/article172537476.html#storylink=cpy

http://www.fla-keys.com/

Naples, Marco Island and Everglades City:

Although Naples was hit pretty hard with 142 mph winds, there was not a lot of structural damage and storm surge was minimal.

http://www.paradisecoast.com/emergency

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/hurricane-irma-naples-florida-mayor-bill-barnett-damage/

http://www.naplesnews.com/story/weather/hurricanes/2017/09/11/hurricane-irma-damage-not-bad-fifth-avenue-south-and-downtown-naples/654591001/

Orlando:

Walt Disney World and neighboring attractions Universal Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando are on track to reopen Tuesday after missing a major hit from Hurricane Irma.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2017/09/11/disney-world-dodges-major-hurricane-irma-damage/652868001/?hootPostID=d77e1bb993641ffc79659350459e84

Puerto Rico:

While the assessment of impact across the Island continues, preliminary reports show that major tourism infrastructure and attractions are operational and the Island can continue to welcome new visitors.

http://puertoriconow.seepuertorico.com/

Savannah, Georgia:

See the latest updates on hurricane impact in Savannah.

http://www.savannahga.gov/hurricane

Tampa/St.Petersburg/Clearwater:

Both Tampa International and St. Pete/Clearwater International Airports are scheduled to re-open on Sept. 12.

https://www.bizjournals.com/tampabay/news/2017/09/11/heres-the-latest-on-tampa-bays-airports-after.html

Houston:

Here are the latest updates from Visit Houston/Houston First following Hurricane Harvey.

Houston Hospitality Industry Aids Affected Members

http://www.pcmaconvene.org/places-spaces/destinations/houston-after-harvey/

https://www.meetingstoday.com/NewsEvents/IndustryNews/IndustryNewsDetails/RegionID/247/ArticleID/31224

http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/08/us/hurricane-harvey

Mexico:

How Mexico's Tourist Areas are Faring After the Earthquake

http://www.travelagentcentral.com/destinations/how-tourism-can-aid-mexico-aftermath-earthquake?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiWlRJM05HSTFZV0l3TldNdyIsInQiOiJ4dzdYa0RUc1VYOUlydzdtdCtwYW5KZWZiZVpoVGY1SXhGUmRWRk14WXNhVFh4UlBGNThscW5DMlNrVnEyWnV2elcxdGwzRENUT3Q1K1grSU8ycVEwb2JmbjA4VjdrUlBCRmJ1SERJazRxVG5MT3BYU2pvTExRMDc3QjVGbkFJaSJ9

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