Because I could not say it better, I have copied these words from Flip Flops & Palms (on FB):
I hesitate even posting this with so much heartache going on in the Caribbean. Some of the islands have undergone catastrophic damage. It may be quite some time before they’re 100%. And, able to once again accommodate tourists and the monetary infusion they provide to their economies. They WILL be back, but it’s going to take time, hard work, and lots of money.
However, there are many islands that are currently unaffected by the hurricanes, and now more than ever, they need tourists. Big time. The worst thing that can happen would be for travelers to just write off the entire Caribbean, assuming everything is destroyed, flooded, and in disrepair. Entire economies would take a hit, putting entire industries out of business, leaving thousands of workers dependent on the tourism dollar out of work.
It could get really bad, really fast.
Islands are ready for tourists…islands such as Antigua, St. Lucia, Martinique, St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Grenada, and Barbados in the east, Trinidad and the Dutch ABC islands in the south, even the Caymans and Jamaica. All of these islands were relatively unaffected and are open for business. But if the tourists are scared away by the devastation incurred by many of the other islands, then a sort of ripple effect could perhaps be felt in these islands. An indirect result of the fear brought on by the hurricanes could severely affect these otherwise healthy island economies and the workers, citizens, and families that depend on us visiting them, spending our vacation money, and having fun.
So please, don’t count out the Caribbean.
If there is one thing we have learned from all of our years of travel to these islands, it is that the Caribbean people are proud, strong, and determined. They’re ready to restore greatness to the islands they love and call home. They just need our support!
-Flip Flops & Palms