MIAMI -- With Dennis no
longer a menace to the Caribbean or U.S., aside from soaking rains
and the threat of flash floods in the Midwest and Ohio Valley this
week, tourism officials took stock of damage from last weeks fourth
named storm of this already busy hurricane season.
In the Caribbean, Cuba and
Haiti fared the worst with a total of 10 people killed in eastern
Cuba and 22 in Haiti as well as massive flooding and
Both the Cayman Islands
and Jamaica emerged wet but intact as Dennis veered north of the
islands on its track to Cuba.
Sandals and Beaches
Resorts Chairman Gordon Butch Stewart said that guests who were at
his Jamaica properties on July 7 will receive a three-night
complimentary return stay at a Sandals or Beaches resort of their
choice. The stay, which excludes air fare, must be taken within one
Even though we dont control
Mother Nature, we provide our customers with the best all-inclusive
vacation under the sun, Stewart said.
All SuperClubs guests in Jamaica were
covered by its Guaranteed Getaways policy, which includes a No
Hurricane Guarantee. As a result, SuperClubs awarded vouchers to
all affected guests equivalent to the total number of nights of
their stay that was disrupted by Hurricane Dennis.
In addition, guests who
were scheduled to leave but were unable to on July 7 because
flights were cancelled and airports closed in Montego Bay and
Kingston received a free night's stay. Guests who had been
scheduled to arrive that day but were unable to also received
vouchers, which allowed them to extend their stay for the same
number of nights that had been disrupted. If they were unable to
extend, the voucher was good towards a future stay next year. In
every case, the vouchers were issued for the same number of nights
that were disrupted by Dennis.
Meanwhile, massive cleanup operations in
the Florida Panhandle and Alabama Gulf Coast are underway. In
addition, portions of Alabama, Mississippi and Florida were
declared federal disaster areas following landfall of Dennis July
Hurricane Dennis, which
came ashore at Santa Rosa Island in the Florida Panhandle as a
Category 3 storm packing winds of up to 120 mph, struck about 50
miles east of where Hurricane Ivan struck last September -- and
cleanup was still ongoing.
Meanwhile, the National
Hurricane Center was monitoring a tropical depression well east of
the Windward Islands. If it continues to strengthen, it could
become Emily, the fifth-named storm of this early, active hurricane
To contact reporter
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