Travel industry aids victims of Hurricane Dorian

As the magnitude of Hurricane Dorian continues to unfold, the travel industry is reacting by setting up fundraising initiatives for disaster relief and recovery for the victims in the area. (New campaigns will be added to the top of the list through Sept. 13.)

• The Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach Shores, Fla., is donating $5 for every two-night or more reservation made using the FALLTO booking code by Oct. 11 for stays through Nov. 23.

Delta has committed to operating relief flights between Freeport and Nassau for as long as they are needed. As of Sept. 12, Delta had worked with partners to evacuate more than 360 people and to provide 50,000 pounds of relief supplies. Delta and its regional subsidiary Endeavor have dedicated a 76-seat jet to the relief effort.

American Queen Steamboat Company has set up donation centers at the reception area of all of its ships for guests and workers who want to contribute to the Hurricane Dorian relief and recovery efforts. The company also plans to donate supplies, such as towels and linens, soaps and other essentials. In addition, it is working with the non-profit All Hands and Hearts.

Musha Cay and the islands of Copperfield Bay in the Exumas is working with All Hands and Hearts on long-term efforts to support Dorian recovery, including clearing sites, providing funds to help sanitize homes from mold, providing essential building supplies, supporting clean water delivery/recovery and providing funding for flights carrying supplies and volunteers. The group is setting up shop in Freeport to get operations underway and has also launched a donation campaign to support the efforts.

American Airlines has activated its disaster response fundraising platform where customers and team members can assist those in need. From now through Sept. 20, AAdvantage members can earn 10 miles for every dollar donated to the Red Cross with a minimum $25 donation. During the month of September, AA is also dedicating all funds collected inflight through its UNICEF Change for Good program to benefit the children in the Bahamas who have been affected by Dorian. In addition, the carrier sent a 737 relief flight from Miami to Nassau on Sept. 5 to deliver more than 14,000 pounds of relief supplies.

• Washington-area bars and restaurants have united in a citywide fundraiser #dcdrinksforbahamas for Dorian victims. Bartenders at more than 35 participating locations are creating Caribbean-inspired cocktails and donating up to $3 from the sale of each drink through Oct. 31 to support organizations helping with relief, recovery and rebuilding efforts. Click here for a list of participating restaurants and bars.

CheapCaribbean will donate 100% of profits from all Bahamas bookings made on Sept. 17. The company is also matching cash donations of up to $1,000 per person, for a total of $50,000. In addition, they will donate 100% of profits from the sale of their limited-edition "We Love You, Bahamas" t-shirts. All contributions will go to the National Association of the Bahamas relief organization.

Grand Isle Resort & Spa in Exuma, Bahamas, will donate 10% of all package bookings until December 2020 to support recovery efforts in Grand Bahama and the Abacos. Part of the funds will be allocated to the Red Cross to help with urgent needs, such as food, clean water and shelter. The resort is also organizing a clothing drive so that guests can donate clothing and supplies that can be dropped off at the resort to be distributed by team members to those in the affected areas. In addition, the resort will collaborate with partners such as the Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association to support families who have lost their jobs and to help rebuild institutions that have been destroyed.

Atlantis Paradise Island has established the Atlantis Bahamas Hurricane Dorian Relief Fund with 100% of the proceeds going to the Bahamas Red Cross to help fund relief efforts.

The hotel also partnered with chef Jose Andres and his World Central Kitchen team, using the resort's kitchens to assemble meals for the people of Grand Bahama and the Abacos. The resort also coordinated a shipment of medical supplies donated by Baptist Health.

In addition, Atlantis and Brookfield Asset Management pledged $3 million to benefit Hurricane Dorian relief efforts. Donation sites at Brookfield's office in New York and Atlantis' office in Plantation, Fla., have been set up to collect supplies, which will be delivered by relief organizations. 

Caerula Mar, a boutique five-star resort opening in November in South Andros, Bahamas, created a GoFundMe campaign where the owners -- HGTV Canada husband and wife design team, Sarah and Bryan Baeumler -- are matching donations. Funds will go to Red Cross among other non-profits. They have also partnered with Makers Air, a small airline that flies to Andros from Fort Lauderdale, to take supplies directly to Freeport.

• The Abaco Club on Winding Bay has launched the Abaco Bay Relief Fund, according to David Southworth, founder and CEO of Southworth Development, an affiliate owner of the resort. Joe Deitch, chairman of Southworth, pledged $1 million to jumpstart the relief effort. All funds will be used to provide assistance to the people of Abaco in the form of food, shelter, medical aid and supplies and assistance in cleanup and rebuilding.

Caribbean Airlines is collaborating with the Foundation for the Enhancement and Enrichment of Life (FEEL) to support humanitarian relief efforts. Beginning Sept. 8, the carrier will airlift supplies to Nassau donated via FEEL and Trinidad's Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) for distribution to families displaced by the hurricane. Donations of relief supplies can be dropped off at the FEEL offices at Warehouse 22, Unit 2208 Fernandes Industrial Centre Eastern Main Road, Laventille, Trinidad.

United has begun a crowdsourcing fundraising campaign in which donors can support Airlink, American Red Cross, Americares or GlobalGiving. The carrier will match up to an aggregate of $100,000 in donations to those charities. United is also awarding MileagePlus points to loyalty members who donate at least $50.  

• Miami-based Whet Travel is supporting the Bahamian Relief Consortium, a group of South Florida business community leaders formed in the wake of Hurricane Dorian. Whet will donate a portion of all future ticket sales through Oct. 15 for its Salsa Cruise (Dec. 2 to 7) and its Groove Cruise (Jan. 9 to 13). In addition, the Whet Travel Foundation will match donations of up to $10,000. Monetary donations can be made online at www.missionresolve.org; relief supplies can be brought to the Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line's warehouse at 301 Broadway Ave., Bay # 7, Riviera Beach, FL 33404 seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Silver Airways is transporting supplies aboard it flights to the Bahamas. The Florida-based carrier resume flights to five airports in the Bahamas by Sept. 8 and has vowed to resume service to Marsh Harbour, Treasure Cay and Freeport as soon as those airports reopen. Silver has also set up a Bahamas Strong Hurricane Relief GoFundMe page.

• Donations to the Grand Bahama Disaster Relief Foundation, founded by the Grand Bahama Port Authority, are earmarked for relief efforts on Grand Bahama Island to help churches, charities, shelters and communities in need throughout the island.

• The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB)has arranged a $200,000 emergency relief grant to the Bahamas National Emergency Management Agency for humanitarian assistance and is allocating a $750,000 loan to assist with the cleanup and short-term recovery.  The CDB also will support mental health and counseling assistance for those affected by Dorian as part of a broader joint project with the Pan American Health Organization.

Jade Mountain resort in St. Lucia has partnered with the Education Foundation of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association to raise funds for the school children of Grand Bahama and Abaco Islands. Those who donate will also be eligible to win a seven-night stay in a sun infinity pool sanctuary at Jade Mountain.

RAV Bahamas, a real estate development company specializing in projects in the Bahamas, is transporting relief goods to Abaco and Grand Bahama in collaboration with Resorts World Bimini, Baleria Caribbean Ferries and Seacor. Donations, including general supplies, medical supplies, building supplies and roofing materials, are being accepted at RAV Bahamas Hurricane Relief Fund, 80405 W. 69th Ave., Miami 22143. The company has coordinated with the City of Miami First Response Team, sending 54 volunteer Search and Rescue personnel to Grand Bahama. Another 130 will leave Sept. 13. Donations can be made through paypal.me/bahamasrelieffundhttps://www.gofundme.com/f/rav-bahamas-hurricane-relief-fund or www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/JL3N5VE3WLVC.

MSC Group said that a delegation of its U.S. senior management team and leadership at its philanthropic arm, the MSC Foundation, is visiting Nassau to identify various ways its divisions -- shipping, cruise and the MSC Foundation -- can contribute following the hurricane. In addition to providing and delivering goods, the group said its efforts would focus on buying and transporting semipermanent, prefabricated housing, and on providing ships with onboard mechanisms for loading and offloading cargo for relief service from the U.S. to Grand Bahama Island and the Abacos. 

• The Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, which operates two-day cruises out of the Palm Beach to Grand Bahama Island, canceled its scheduled sailing on Sept. 5 to head instead on a humanitarian cruise to Freeport loaded with donations of food, water and other relief supplies, as well as first responders and volunteers. The Grand Celebration is also transporting Bahamian residents who were stranded in Florida back home. The ship will return to Palm Beach on Sept. 7 with Bahamian residents who wish to evacuate to the U.S. and have proper documentation.

MAP International, a Georgia-based nonprofit organization, is providing disaster relief in the wake of Dorian. The organization initially airlifted 2,500 Disaster Health Kits filled with basic health supplies such as toothbrushes, soap and bandages, in addition to 200 water filters and other basic needs. MAP has an emergency health kit, ready to airlift, to provide 10,000 people with medicines and additional health supplies. To donate, contact www.map.org.

• Volunteers with the Bahamas Red Cross are standing by with relief supplies such as tarps and hygiene items. Visit redcross.org or call (800) RED-CROSS or text the word DORIAN to 90999 to make a donation.

• The Mayors Federation of Puerto Rico, the Mayors Association and the Puerto Rico House of Representatives are organizing collection centers around the island to gather medicine, clothing, bottled water, canned food and other non-perishable items. The San Juan center is located within the Capitol building complex, open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. has pledged $1 million to Dorian relief and is sending a ship, the Norwegian Breakaway, with hurricane relief supplies donated by NCLH and its employees and local charities, to Nassau, Great Harbor Cay and the company's private island Great Stirrup Cay.

NCLH will also match donations dollar-for-dollar to its Hope Starts Here charity, launched in the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. Donations will assist with rebuilding efforts across the island, including debris cleanup and removal, and the delivery of supplies and temporary shelters.

South Beach Group Hotels has set up hurricane relief donation boxes at several of its Miami Beach properties. Donations will be accepted from Sept. 5 through Sept. 8, with collected supplies from each hotel set to be picked up Sept. 9 and dropped off at designated Miami Beach Fire Stations. A list of items needed and the donation drop-off locations are available here.

• The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association is appealing to its members, industry partners and national hotel and tourism associations to support the islands of the northwestern Bahamas following Dorian’s devastation. Cash contributions are being directed through the Bahamas Red Cross. Collection points for emergency relief supplies are set up at locations throughout southern Florida and in Nassau through initiatives by the Bahamas government, the Miami-Dade County government and the Sandals Foundation.

Old Bahama Bay on Grand Bahama is accepting humanitarian donations for hurricane victims. The list of items needed, which can be found on the resort's Facebook page, ranges from bottled water and infant formula to pet food, blankets and portable generators. In addition, the resort has launched a GoFundMe account for tax-deductible donations to aid in the relief of Grand Bahama and Abaco.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. plans to deliver 20,000 meals a day to Grand Bahama residents. For the near future, the line will take one of its ships headed for the Bahamas or the Caribbean and divert it for several hours to deliver on the commitment.

• The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) activated its Hurricane Relief Fund, previously established to help Caribbean countries rebuild after disasters. As with other hurricanes, the CTO disperses the monies collected directly to the country's ministry of tourism to then be directed to local relief efforts.

Carnival Corp's philanthropic arm, Carnival Foundation, and its nine global cruise line brands will donate $1 million in Bahamas relief, while its charity, the Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation, pledged another $1 million. Carnival said a portion of the combined pledge will immediately go to support efforts being managed by Direct Relief, an international humanitarian organization. 

Carnival is also collecting and delivering food and supplies donated in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties for the Bahamas through a partnership with Tropical Shipping and the Bahamas National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). Tropical Shipping will stock, ship and directly deliver the containers to NEMA, while Carnival will cover shipping costs and provide food and supplies.

• Sandals Resorts International is accepting Dorian emergency relief donations via its non-profit arm, The Sandals Foundation, with 100% of the group's proceeds going directly to helping those in need.

Baha Mar's Baha Mar Foundation is accepting donations, 100% of which will go to assisting those in need throughout Grand Bahama and The Abacos by providing food, shelter and medicine.

• The Abacos' Green Turtle Club Resort and Marina has set up a relief fund to help bring aid like medical equipment, generators, fuel, tarps, roofing materials, water and food to Green Turtle Cay island. All proceeds will go to Green Turtle Cay residents.

Royal Caribbean International and Disney Cruise Line, which both operate private island destinations in the Bahamas, each committed $1 million in hurricane relief aid.

Royal, which employs 500 people at its island, Perfect Day at CocoCay, and in its Grand Bahama Shipyard, is sending ships with generators, water, cleaning supplies, clean sheets, towels, and more to distribute in the Bahamas. Royal is also matching every dollar passengers and employees donate to its non-profit partner, the Pan American Development Foundation.

Disney is also offering resources to the 60 Bahamians that work at its island, Castaway Cay, that are from Abaco and Grand Bahama.

Delta has donated $250,000 to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Dorian relief in the Bahamas. In addition, individuals can support the American Red Cross directly with money or SkyMiles through the Red Cross Delta microsite or at the Delta SkyWish site. Donated SkyMiles, for example, can be used to transport volunteers assisting in disaster relief efforts.

Brightline partnered with Tropic Ocean Airways and Blue Tide Marine to transport supplies to those devastated by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas. Passengers can drop off water, food, medicine, generators and other items at Brightline stations in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.

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