COMPLETE COVERAGE: HURRICANE IRMA
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BY PATRICIA SCHULTZ PAGE 14
By the Travel Weekly staff
Among the surviving victims of
Hurricane Irma is the travel industry, which last week got down to the
task of assessing not only
property damages but destroyed infrastructure that
will force suppliers to rethink air and
sea routes, tour products and vacation itineraries for months to come.
Damage to the industry was heavy. Airports lost runways, control towers and, of
course, the electrical power necessary for
even minimal commercial operations.
Ports found their waters cluttered with the
storm’s detritus — everything from wind-tossed appliances and scattered
debris to sunken sailboats and
Major ports in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, from which most Caribbean cruises
launch, were back in operation by the end
of last week. But then the challenge became
By Robert Silk
MIAMI BEACH — On Saturday, Sept. 9,
when I woke up at a friend’s house in Orlando, where I had sought refuge from Hurricane Irma as it headed for my home in Key
Largo, I saw some interesting news.
Over the previous 24 hours, the storm’s
path had veered west, leaving Miami out of
the direct strike zone, known to many as the
cone of uncertainty. Suddenly, the model-
ing showed Tampa as the most likely main-
land Florida city to take a direct hit from the
storm, and Orlando itself faced the possibil-
ity of a Category 2 strike.
In short order, with Irma’s outer bands already beginning to work their way into South
Florida, I decided to drive 235 miles back to
Miami, where I also had a place to stay, to
ride out the storm there. If Irma didn’t hit
Key Largo too badly, I reasoned, I could be
back home by Monday morning, beating the
traffic that I knew would develop as millions
of evacuees began working their way back to
South Florida from points north.
My back-and-forth moves were unusual
only in that I evacuated south.
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In the storm’s wake, suppliers assess damages to
property, infrastructure that will take months to fix
See IRMA on Page 48 See EVACUATION on Page 52
A 14-year veteran of hurricane seasons in the Keys
revisits his decision to evacuate. And evacuate again.
IN THE HOT SEAT LUXURY TRAVEL DESTINATION: JAMAICA MARK PESTRONK
U.S. Virgin Islands tourism commissioner
Beverly Nicholson-Doty on Irma recovery. 4
At the InterContinental Cartagena, a glimpse
of Colombian authenticity and eloquence. 28
A Caribbean adventure at Karisma’s new Azul
Beach Resort Sensatori in Negril. 36
Your right to sell an agency without all partners’ approval depends on several factors. 24
Do you have a way to help clients assist people and
destinations hit by Harvey and Irma? 12
In a world turned upside down by Irma, I ran
for shelter at the Ritz-Carlton. 49
Industry faces long road to recovery from Irma