Travel Impressions Supports Hurricane Relief Funds, Discusses How to Speak to Clients About Caribbean Post Irma & Maria
FARMINGDALE, NY (October 13, 2017) — Travel Impressions (www.TravelImpressions.com) will participate in the hurricane relief funds set up by the Caribbean's public and private-sector tourism and hospitality development agencies and is encouraging travel agents and industry partners to do the same. At the same time, company President Scott Wiseman discusses how travel agents should talk to their clients about the leading warm-weather destination after Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
"Travel to the Caribbean isn't a dream that needs to be put on hold," said Wiseman in a recent email to travel agents. "Most destinations in the Caribbean outside of the northernmost Leeward Islands were a safe distance from Irma's path, while many resorts on impacted destinations escaped the hurricane unscathed," he noted.
"As extensive and heartbreaking as the damage may have been to some areas, the Caribbean is very much open for business. In addition to financial contributions, the best way retailers can support the region is by continuing to send clients," explained Wiseman.
Travel Impressions is supporting a GoFundMe campaign set up by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) as well as a relief fund set up by the Caribbean Hotel and Travel Association (CHTA) in conjunction with Tourism Cares, a 501(c)3 charity organization. The leading agent-exclusive operator is encouraging travel agents and other industry partners to make similar donations, while stepping up its promotion of the region.
"“Tourism is the number one economic driver for the Caribbean and when you have major consumer media characterizing the region as 'flattened' in a very generalized way this can inflict additional harm on a tourism-dependent region that is already suffering a major crisis," notes Wiseman. "While our natural instincts might tell us not to feature the Caribbean in order to be sensitive and respectful, the region is looking to us in the travel trade to educate and inform consumers—and ultimately, to continue sending clients whose visits will inject much-needed capital into local economies."
Visit www.travelimpressions.com/caribbeanstrong for a list of hotels and destinations in the region which remain open for business. Donations can be directed to www.gofundme.com/hurricane-relief-fund-cto or www.tourismcares.org/caribbean.