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Published on September 15, 2017

OVER the past few weeks the Association has been coordinating relief efforts to assist neighbouring islands affected by Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria, after Barbados was spared the wrath of these systems.

Chairman Roseanne Myers, said: “We are counting ourselves as lucky that the island was not affected by these recent systems as we were not in the direct path on this occasion.  Most of the weather systems which affected the region brought only temporary rough seas and rain, but no damage to infrastructure in Barbados. However, properties here received several calls of concern after the passage of Irma.”

Myers noted that a number of international news reports indicated that the island was hit by the massive hurricanes which unfortunately caused major damage to many of our Caribbean neighbours including Barbuda and Dominica.

“A number of these reports mixed up Barbados with Barbuda, which was devastated by Hurricane Irma. This is understandable as the names are very close and with relief efforts being coordinated from here, there is some confusion.

“The BHTA is saddened by the news of the devastation and damage caused by Irma and Maria to Barbuda, Dominica and the other islands. Our members stand ready and willing to assist citizens from the affected islands.

“To date we have joined other businesses and the citizens of Barbados to collect much needed funds, food items, clothing, building materials and other essential items to send to these islands and have already sent off a shipment of supplies to Antigua, including bath towels, sheets, bedspreads and toiletries, collected from our members. We are also in the process of undertaking a similar collection for Dominica.

“Additionally, we are also supporting relief efforts driven by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) and the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO),” Myers stated. 


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