Anguilla recovers one month after being hit by Irma

Published on : Tuesday, October 17, 2017

anguillaThe Anguilla island’s tourism board is ready to welcome UK travellers after being battered by Hurricane Irma that caused extensive damage with 185mph category 5 winds.

 

Before winter and Christmas season around 30 hotels, condominiums, guesthouses and private villas will re-open.

 

The island’s tourist board said that the island had made a robust and remarkable recovery though there was still a long way to go.

 

Ce Blue, Frangipani Beach Resort, Meads Bay Beach Villas, West End Bay Holiday Suites and La Vue are some of the properties currently operating or preparing to open in November and December.

 

The newly acquired Belmond Cap Juluca on the Island’s West End along with a number of five-star properties plan to re-open from mid-2018.

 

 

Some of the properties that faced less damage like the Carimar Beach Club on Meads Bay and the Shoal Bay Beach Villas provided shelter and aid to the locals along with the British military.

 

 

A number of restaurants, car hire services and tourism businesses have reopened. Commercial flights got resumed with Trans Anguilla Airlines and  Anguilla Air services, the ATB released a list of island accommodation and restaurants with expected opening dates for the visitors, tour operators and travel agents.

 

 

The island’s beaches have been cleared, supermarkets re-opened, phone and internet access have been restored to most part of the island with complete restoration of the electricity grid.

 

Carolyn Brown, director of the UK, Ireland Scandinavia said that the people of Anguilla with the government’s support quickly responded to the damage caused by Irma. The strength and resilience of the island has been shown and the tourism sector will rebound.

 

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