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After Hurricane Dorian, the Bahamas prepares for another hit — to its crucial tourism industry

After Hurricane Dorian, the Bahamas prepares for another hit — to its crucial tourism industry

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COCOCAY, Bahamas — As tourists zipped down water slides, zoomed along zip lines and zig zagged between bustling shops, crowded pools and cabanas, it would be difficult to say that things at Royal Caribbean International’s private island, “Perfect Day at CocoCay,” were anything other than the name advertised Sunday, only a week since the passage of Hurricane Dorian.

Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” was even blasting from the speakers at one point.

The island, just 30 miles from where the eye wall of Dorian carved a path of destruction across the northern Bahamas, welcomed its first cruise ships back this weekend — at least one of which, just a day prior, was offloading supplies in the ravaged city of Freeport and picking up evacuees heading to Nassau.

So is the case in the Bahamas now: In an archipelago that counts the $4.3 billion tourism industry as king — it makes up more than 50% of its gross domestic product — vacations exist alongside relief efforts.

Source: Orlando Sentinel

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