BHA Reinstates Hurricane Policy

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The Bahamas Hotel Association reinstated its hurricane policy allowing those prevented from traveling to use deposits or payments toward future stays at the same hotel or to receive a full refund if they cannot rebook.

The policy will be administered voluntarily and states that guests stranded by a hurricane will be offered "all possible courtesies and charged the lowest possible rates."

According to John Delavoe, executive secretary of the BHA in Nassau, the association reinstated the policy because the threat of hurricanes affected reservations in 1996.

Delavoe said many travelers and agents are unaware that the archipelago covers 760 miles, and a storm in one part of the chain may not effect the entire region.

Last year, hurricanes Bertha, Fran and Lilly passed over the islands.

Bertha and Lilly damaged several Out Islands, according to officials at the Bahamas Department of Meteorology in Nassau.

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