Saturday 28 November, 2020

CHTA urges help for Caribbean neighbours hit by Hurricane Matthew

The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) is urging the region's tourism industry stakeholders to assist with both immediate and sustained relief efforts to support the people of Haiti and parts of The Bahamas which were hardest hit.

"Our neighbours in Haiti and The Bahamas have borne the brunt of this powerful storm and the recovery and restoration process will be long and difficult," said Karolin Troubetzkoy, president of the regional trade association.

Working with the national hotel and tourism associations in Haiti and The Bahamas, CHTA is directing tourism industry stakeholders to local organizations which are coordinating on-the-ground relief, accepting and directing donations of cash, equipment and supplies.

According to Troubetzkoy, a two-step approach is important for the destinations to rebound as quickly as possible.

"First, we must meet the immediate needs of people. Beyond that, we need to support long-term efforts which are essential to sustained recovery".

 To do this, CHTA is developing a fundraising initiative through the online auction channelCharityBuzz.com with which CHTA previously collaborated on a relief and recovery project for Dominica. 

Regional hoteliers are invited to donate room nights for the auction to benefit residents in Haiti and The Bahamas who are struggling to put their lives back in order. 

Room nights can be contributed by contacting CHTA's dedicated auction email atch4haiti@gmail.com.

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