'Cos there ain't nowhere to hide,
Waiting for the hurricane,
There is nowhere here to hide,
Waiting for the hurricane
- Chris De Burgh
If a hurricane blows through the Caribbean does anyone hear it? (I could add Mexico or Central America to that adapted cliché). The point is, it seems that unless a hurricane affects or is aimed at the U.S., it rarely gets the attention it deserves.
Irma – the biggest Atlantic storm ever – which blasted the region, might be a bit of an exception, and, sure, those in the travel industry who deal with stranded passengers and devastated destinations are perhaps a little more attuned to the circumstances of some of the world’s lesser-known destinations (remember, the Caribbean markets itself as such, not as individual islands, in much of the world); but, generally, to many, it’s what happens in Florida or Texas, or even New York, that truly resonates. This is in large part due to the way in which the omnipresent U.S. media covers the storms, and also, no doubt, because forecasts and warnings emanate from the U.S. National Hurricane Centre in Miami.
As such, Irma and Harvey now will be long remembered – make no mistake, as they should be! – along with the likes of Sandy, Katrina and Andrew (still talked about 25 years later), as storms that changed the fabric of the places they landed.
But who remembers Paloma, Felix or Gonzalo? Or even Otto, the first-ever hurricane to hit Costa Rica and which killed 18 people in the region? It happened last November – less than a year ago.
And awareness, of course, leads to help and fund-raising efforts, and marketing capabilities when things get back to normal.
Which begs another question: Why are hurricanes named to sound like friends, family or loveable TV characters? Alice, Hilda, Lenny, Dora (the Explorer, for heaven’s sake!)… Surely, Hurricane Hitler, or to give it a bit of travel/entertainment twist, Hurricane Godzilla, Vader, Cruella, or Krueger, would be more fitting?
And, perhaps, in the case of our Caribbean and Latin American friends, a bit more memorable!

Trade Ticker

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• Count Croatia among the favourite destinations of Insight Vacations, which is featuring the Balkan/Mediterranean nation as its destination of the month for September. Clients can save 10% on three featured Croatian itineraries including Country Roads of Croatia, Eastern Capital and the Dalmations, and The Eastern Discovery, by booking and paying in full by Jan. 11 (with deposit within three days)… Meanwhile, the small ship Katarina Line has added three new routes in Croatia in 2018 in response to growing demand from North America travellers.
• Canadians can save up to $3,000 per couple when they book one of a selected number of Avalon Waterways 2018 cruises across Europe, Southeast Asia and South America by Oct. 22. Add-on offers include $299 return airfares from 10 Canadian gateways (plus $75 surcharges from others).

This & That

• Anguilla has reported that it has “successfully coped” with the passing of Hurricane Irma with most of the island’s infrastructure, including major resorts, “relatively unscathed.”Check for updates at: www.IvisitAnguilla.com.
• Air Canada announced the strategic expansion of its international network from Vancouver with new services launching in June, 2018, to Paris and Zurich, and the start of year-round flights to Melbourne. All flights are now available for purchase. In addition, Air Canada is increasing its non-stop Delhi flights from Vancouver to five times weekly starting Oct. 14 and boosting its London-Heathrow service with twice-daily flights for summer 2018.
• Furthering their codeshare partnership, Air France-KLM and WestJet have launched the earn phase of the airlines' reciprocal frequent flyer agreement. Passengers can now accumulate their choice of Flying Blue Miles or WestJet dollars on all WestJet, Air France, and KLM flights. 

Words of the Week!

“The important take away from all this is that Antigua and Barbuda remains open for business and is already resuming normal life including welcoming visitors to enjoy our little bit of paradise, which God continues to protect…”
- Asot Michael, the country’s Minister of Tourism, Economic Development, Investment and Energy on the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.
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Cute names don't reflect the terrible nature of hurricanes.

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