Grenada: Open for Business Following Emily
The Grenada Board of Tourism
reports that Hurricane Emily, a Category One storm that impacted Grenada on
Wednesday, July 13, 2005, did not result in any damages to its hotel sector.
The Grenada Board of Tourism also reports that all hotels are functioning as
normal, as well as the established tourist sites and attractions,
restaurants and dive sites. Grenada’s Carnival, set for August 8th and 9th,
and the Carriacou Regatta, scheduled for July 24th - August 1st, will be
held as planned.
While some damage was reported on the northern portion of Grenada, as well
as the sister islands of Carriacou and Petite Martinique, it is anticipated
that within the next 24 to 48 hours all public utilities in Grenada will be
fully functional. Electricity, water and telephone services have been
restored to most households. The Point Salines International Airport is open
and flights are operating on schedule. Banks, financial institutions,
supermarkets, hospitals, pharmacies, and other businesses have likewise
resumed normal operations.
Overall, the rebuilding and refurbishment plans as a result of Hurricane
Ivan, which have been in progress, continue as planned. Accordingly, by the
end of 2005, 90% of Grenada’s hotel rooms will be available for occupancy.
According to Minister of Tourism Senator Brenda Hood,
“The resort areas in
the southern parts of the country are fully operational, and we will
continue to work diligently with Carriacou and Petite Martinique to prepare
for the upcoming season. Given the known resilience and positive attitudes
of the Grenadian people, we are confident that Grenada’s tourism product
will maintain its high quality and character.”