The Caribbean Remains Open for Business, But Tahiti Beckons for Some

The Caribbean Remains Open for Business, But Tahiti Beckons for Some

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Tourism is the Caribbean’s lifeline, bringing in $56 billion in 2016. But the devastation wrought by hurricanes Irma and Maria will hurt the region come high season this winter, bringing its seven-year streak of year-over-year growth to a halt.

As a whole, however, the loss in tourism dollars might not be as severe as one might have thought. At least, that’s what the islands’ ambassadors are hoping.

“There is no doubt that this hurricane season has devastated a number of Caribbean islands, but when considering the sheer number of islands in the Caribbean (more than 7,000), travelers soon realize that the majority of Caribbean islands were not affected at all by the storms, or only minimally,” said Ninan Chacko, CEO of Travel Leaders Group in an email statement to NBC News.

“There are close to 30 of the most popular tourist destinations in the Caribbean that are welcoming visitors with open arms, including Aruba, the Bahamas, Barbados, Curacao, the Grand Cayman Islands, Jamaica, and St. Lucia,” he said.




Image: Hurricane Irma

Pleasure craft lie crammed against the shore in Paraquita Bay as the eye of Hurricane Irma passed Tortola, British Virgin Islands