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DEMA aim to assist the Caribbean with a relief fund

With many DEMA Show 2004 travel and destination exhibitors impacted by the recent string of hurricanes, DEMA and the DEMA member manufacturers have launched a relief fund.ÊThe fund will provide assistance to those travel and destination companies exhibiting at DEMA Show 2004 that sustained damages as a result of Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan, Jeanne and Karl and who may need help exhibiting at the Show.

Travel and destination exhibitors from affected areas that have paid in full as of September 17, 2004 may apply for these funds directly from DEMA. Affected areas include the Lesser Antilles, Netherlands Antilles, Puerto Rico,  Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Florida, Cayman Islands, Bahamas, Cancun, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.Ê

“As a result of the damages sustained from these storms many travel and destination companies may have difficulty exhibiting at DEMA Show,” said Tom Ingram, Executive Director of DEMA. “Especially during critical times like these, these businesses need to promote their operations to the diving community.

DEMA Show 2004 is important to this promotion and DEMA recognises that the financial hardship of this situation may make such promotions difficult. Through this fund DEMA is doing what we can to assist destination businesses in telling the diving community that they are still booking trips and serving customers. Under these circumstances, there is no better way for DEMA to fulfill its mission of promoting diving businesses.”