Last updated: 04:17 PM ET, Fri September 04 2015

Most Dominica Hotels And Resorts Operating Following Storm's Devastation

Impacting Travel | Brian Major | September 04, 2015

Most Dominica Hotels And Resorts Operating Following Storm's Devastation

Photo via Flickr/Roosevelt Skerrit

Just a week after Tropical storm Erika struck, more than 60 of Dominica’s 100 hotels and resorts are operational, and airlines serving the Caribbean nation have increased flights to nearby Guadeloupe. The storm killed 20 Dominica residents and caused “monumental” damage to communities, buildings, roads and infrastructure.

In a statement Friday, government officials said Douglas-Charles Airport remains closed as crews clean up and assess damage, although the runway has been cleared and a C-130 Military aircraft has landed to bring in supplies.

Meanwhile, Winair is providing daily flights to Dominica’s Canefield Airport from St. Maarten, while Liat and Seaborne Airlines have added flights into Guadeloupe for travel to Dominica via ferry services. The L’ Express Des lles ferry service, which provides service to Dominica from Guadeloupe, Martinique and St. Lucia, remains in operation.

The Douglas-Charles Dominica’s seaports remain open and local dive operators are also functional, although visitors are encouraged to check directly with their dive operator.

Also although water and electricity have been restored to most of the island, travelers should check directly with their accommodations provider regarding the status of properties and surrounding infrastructure. Hiking trails and roads are “being assessed for accessibility and safety,” as are local cultural and historic sites and attractions, officials said.

Many of the island’s hotels were beginning their annual September and October seasonal closures in preparation for the fall travel season when the storm hit, said government officials. Likewise, Most Dominica tour operators are functioning although some are observing their seasonal shutdowns. 

Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, has created a website to coordinate relief efforts and provide information on the island’s recovery. “We are saddened by the lives that were lost,” said officials. “We are dedicated to locating those who are still missing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all families, residents and visitors experiencing such tragic loss.” 

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