BRIDGETOWN, Barbados --- The Caribbean Tourism Organization and the Caribbean Hotel Association drafted an Emergency Response Management and Communications Plan in case of a war in Iraq.

The plan grew out of a series of high-level meetings with government ministers and directors of tourism in Trinidad. Those sessions were followed by an emergency strategy meeting in New York that was attended by hoteliers, airline officials, tour operators, and representatives of national tourist offices.

Among the initiatives was a CTO proposal for cancellation and/or postponement policies -- from individual companies or on a regional basis -- to protect consumers who cancel trips in the event of war or a terrorist attack.

The organizations asked airlines to consider a partnership points program that awards additional bonus miles or a lower threshold to qualify for free travel.

CTO's Web site at www.onecaribbean.org will feature a Caribbean Response Center link to post new policies and initiatives.

And, CHA is developing a public relations contingency plan to underscore the Caribbean's key attributes, including its attractive climate, proximity to the U.S., safety and family offerings. A portion of its Web site at www.caribbeanhotels.org will serve as an information exchange.

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