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Caribbean lost more than $1 billion in tourism revenue after hurricanes

Caribbean lost more than $1 billion in tourism revenue after hurricanes

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The Caribbean lost more than $1 billion in tourism revenue after hurricanes deterred visitors during the costliest storm season on record, and recovery efforts could cost close to $6 billion, the Caribbean Tourism Organization said last week.

Powerful hurricanes Irma and Maria cut a deadly path through Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and other Caribbean nations last September, but tourism suffered even in areas whose sandy beaches and resorts were unaffected by gusts and showers.

“All our travel partners, all of them without exception, called and said that ‘we have heard the Caribbean is closed,’” said Joy Jibrilu, chair of the Caribbean Tourism Organization, at the Caribbean Aviation Meetup in the Bahamas.

Source: CTO

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