Two Caribbean hoteliers have provided updates after damage assessments following the passage of Hurricane Irma.
Sandals Resorts International says Beaches Turks & Caicos will remain closed until 14DEC.
The company says guests affected by the temporary closure may choose to be re-accommodated at Beaches Resorts in Jamaica or to any available Sandals resort during this period. They also have the option to reschedule their travel dates to return to Beaches Turks & Caicos.
“It is with tremendous relief and gratitude that I can share with you that our guests and team at Beaches Turks and Caicos are safe and well. I am truly humbled by the spirit of community and cooperation that has brought this small but mighty country through the storm,” said Gordon Butch Stewart, SRI Chairman.
“This has been an extraordinary week for too many people and our thoughts and prayers go those impacted. We are among the lucky ones and are counting our blessings.”
Meanwhile, Meliá Hotels International informs that its hotels in Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Bahamas, Orlando and Miami are already 100% operational.
In Cuba, Meliá says the worst impact was on the northern coast, mainly in Los Cayos. It says it is too soon to announce specific dates, but the company intends to begin operations in Cayo Coco, Cayo Guillermo and Cayo Santa María as soon as possible.
“In Varadero, our hotels have suffered minor damages and most of them are already operating normally, whilst the rest will reestablish their services in the next 24/48 hours,” Meliá said in a statement.
“Most of the recovery work can be completed in a short time, and in cases where major improvements are needed, they are expected to be finalized prior to the start of the peak season.
Meliá reports that its properties in Havana, Holguin, Santiago de Cuba and Cayo Largo are fully operational.
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