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2019-09-16T08:09:40-04:00 en-US Sep 16, 2019

Photo: Point Grace Resort & Spa in Turks & Caicos Islands, Credit: Point Grace via Facebook

From Aruba, Grenada and Jamaica to Turks and Caicos Islands, Barbados, Bermuda and The Bahamas, hotels and resorts have joined forces with the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) to launch an online auction to further assist rebuilding and recovery in the northwestern islands of The Bahamas.

“Lovers of the Caribbean as well as those who are looking to fall in love with the Caribbean for the first time have many destinations and hotels to choose from as they shop and bid on vacation options, “ according to CHTA's President, Barbados-based hotelier Patricia Affonso-Dass.   She thanked hotels and resorts throughout the Caribbean, and a resort as far afield as Austria , for donating room stays which the traveling public can bid on through the Charitybuzz online fundraising portal. 

The public is encouraged to shop, bid and show their support by visiting

"We are thankful for the contributions of our hotel and resort partners to assist the people of The Bahamas during this difficult period," said Affonso-Dass, who also invited the public to enjoy the opportunity to travel to the Caribbean, including parts of The Bahamas which were unaffected by Dorian.

Hurricane Dorian unleashed his wrath on The Abacos and Grand Bahama destroying infrastructure, homes and businesses, and uprooting the lives of tens of thousands of residents. "The recovery will be long and painful," said Frank Comito, CHTA's Director General and  CEO, who noted that many hoteliers have come together to offer an array of accommodation options to one of the world's most desirable travel destinations. "Whether you are shopping for a romantic escape,  family gathering,  business retreat, personal getaway or a holiday gift, there's much to choose from while helping to support people in need," he said.

"Caribbean Hotels Unite for The Bahamas" is a joint initiative between CHTA and the Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) focussing on the recovery efforts underway in The Abacos and Grand Bahama and offering support to those who were most impacted by Hurricane Dorian. The funds raised will be made available to meet the most urgent needs as identified by CHTA and BHTA. 

A former Bahamian resident, Comito, who was Executive Vice President for BHTA for over 10 years and served in a similar capacity before that with the Nassau Tourism Development Board, reminded the traveling public that most of The Bahamas escaped serious damage from the hurricane.   "Nassau, Paradise Island, The Exumas, Eleuthera, Andros, Cat Island, Bimini, San Salvador, Rum Cay, Long Island, Acklins/Crooked Island, Ragged Island, Mayaguana and Inagua each present great travel options for the public as do more than 30 other destinations throughout the Caribbean," added Comito, "the best way to help The Bahamas is to travel to The The Bahamas. 

Bidding on hotel stays is open to the public at:

CHTA is still accepting donated room stays. Hotels interested in pledging a 3- to 7-night vacation package to be auctioned through Charitybuzz, can email or call +1 305 443-3040.

For details on other ways people can help, visit the following sites:  

About the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA)

The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) is the Caribbean's leading association representing the interests of national hotel and tourism associations. For more than 50 years, CHTA has been the backbone of the Caribbean hospitality industry. Working with some 1,000 hotel and allied members, and 33 National Hotel Associations, CHTA is shaping the Caribbean's future and helping members to grow their businesses. Whether helping to navigate critical issues in sales and marketing, sustainability, legislative issues, emerging technologies, climate change, data and intelligence or, looking for avenues and ideas to better market and manage businesses, CHTA is helping members on issues which matter most.

For further information, visit