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CHTA expresses sadness at hurricane casualties

Published:Monday | October 10, 2016 | 10:00 AM
A member of the Pooler Fire Department uses a boat to move residents of homes on Tappan Zee Drive after Hurricane Matthew caused flooding in Pooler, Georgia, United States.

The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) has expressed sadness at the loss of life and property following the passage of Hurricane Matthew throughout the Caribbean last week.

"We send our thoughts and prayers to the families and communities that have been impacted by this powerful storm, and convey our earnest hopes for a timely recovery to the people of our region," said a statement issued by CHTA President Karolin Troubetzkoy.

"We are especially concerned about the people of Haiti, where the loss of life has been great. Many more are now struggling to pick up the pieces there and in other nations impacted by the storm," the statement said.

CHTA said it remained at its members' disposal to assist them during these trying circumstances, adding that it was proud of the way members were supporting each other and guests to the region.

"We are humbly reminded once again that sometimes, despite our best planning and preparation efforts, we are vulnerable to these types of disasters," the statement said.

CHTA said it will work closely with its public-sector partner, the Caribbean Tourism Organization and diaspora communities to help coordinate relief to the region.

It called on everyone to unite in support of those who have borne, and are continuing to bear, the brunt of the powerful storm.

"As we have experienced on numerous occasions, our resilience and reliance on one another will take us through," CHTA said.