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St. Thomas Irma Damage

The following St.Thomas properties will be closed until 2019:

  • Frenchman’s Reef and Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort
  • Sugar Bay Resort and Spa
  • Caneel Bay Resort
  • Flamboyan on the Bay Resort and Villas

Other resorts will likely open in 2018, with February seeing quite a few reopenings:

  • Emerald Beach Resort (Jan.)
  • Marriott Frenchman’s Cove (Feb.)
  • Margaritaville Vacation Club, Wyndham (Feb.)
  • The Ritz-Carlton Club, St. Thomas (Feb.)
  • Elysian Beach Resort (spring)
  • Bolongo Bay Beach Resort (June)
  • Bluebeard’s Beach Club (fall)
  • The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas (Oct.)
  • The Westin St. John Resort and Villas (Oct.)

Resort owners and personnel will likely even see some reopenings this year:

  • Lindberg Bay Hotel and Villas
  • Mafolie Hotel
  • Island View Guesthouse
  • Windward Passage Hotel
  • Gallows Point Resort
  • St. Croix accommodations

While many of those in the hospitality industry are out of work for the time being, those in other trades are being employed in large numbers to help with repair efforts, according to St.Thomas Governor Kenneth Mapp.

The aforementioned reopening timelines are predictions which may change. USVIHTA President Lisa Hamilton stated the following:

“The closure of the largest properties in the territory at the same time is not ideal, but it presents opportunities for us to renovate and update the tourism product. And while the hotels focus on revealing a polished, new product, USVIHTA will continue to promote properties and members who came out of the storms with minimal damage. Many of our members are up and running and ready to welcome guests today. However, restoring the territory’s infrastructure, airport and hospitals is essential prior to welcoming visitors back.”

She added:

“Everyone is invested in creating a renewed and re-energized product, even those who are still assessing damages. The focus on community and human capital is paramount.”

To learn more about the U.S. Virgin Islands Hotel and Tourism Association and their reports on hurricane damage and relief efforts, visit their website.

 

Line:92% STILL ARE ABOUT FIVE TO TEN DAYS FROM KNOWING ABOUT THAT. AND WE’LL BE WATCHING AND WAITING, JASON, THANK YOU. PLUS MANY IN THE CARIBBEAN WAIT FOR HURRICANE MARIA’S ARRIVAL AND WHAT SHE WILL AND WILL NOT DO. ONE UPSTATE WOMAN IS GIVING US A BETTER IDEA OF WHAT IT’S REALLY LIKE TO RIDE OUT THE HURRICANE ON THE ISLANDS.

Line:92% MCKAYLA WAS IN THE VIRGIN ISLANDS WHEN IT HAPPENED. Reporter: McKAYLA AND HER BOYFRIEND WORK IN ST. THOMAS AND MADE IT BACK SAFELY AFTER A WEEK OF EXPERIENCING IRMA’S IMPACT FIRSTHAND. AND THE WINDOW THAT LOOKS LIKE YOU’RE JUST IN A CAR WASH GETTING POUNDED. Reporter: THAT’S HOW TYLER MILLER AND HIS GIRLFRIEND WHO IS FROM SPARTANBURG DESCRIBED THE HOURS LIVING THROUGH HURRICANE IRMA. IT WAS VIBRATING AND SHAKING FOR ABOUT THREE OR FOUR HOURS. Reporter: THE COUPLE WORKS AT THE MARRIOTT AND STAYED THERE AS THE HURRICANE EYEWALL, BATTERED THE ISLAND. MADE US WRITE OUR BLOOD TYPES IN SHARPIE, LIKE WE TAPED OUR INFORMATION TO US. Reporter: THEY TOLD ME THE EXPERIENCE WAS NERVE WRACKING, BUT NOTHING LIKE SEEING WHAT IRMA LEFT BEHIND.

Size:84% THERE WAS ONE WOMAN, NO WALLS, NO NOTHING. SHE’S STANDING ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF HER HOUSE. YOU CAN JUST SEE HER. Reporter: THE UTTER DESTRUCTION. ROADS THAT YOU USED TO DRIVE DOWN THAT WOULD TAKE YOU FOUR OR FIVE MINUTES TO GET SOMEWHERE, IT WAS TAKING US HOURS TO GET THERE AND YOU HAVE BIG MILITARY TRUCKS, POLICE, YOU KNOW, EVERYWHERE.

Line:92% Reporter: IT TOOK A FEW DAYS FOR THEM TO GET OFF THE ISLAND. A LOT OF THESE DIFFERENT BOATS FROM PUERTO RICO WERE COMING OVER TO DROP OFF SUPPLIES, AND ON THE WAY BACK, THEY WERE TAKING PEOPLE. THEY GRABBED A BACKPACK AND THEIR BACKS AND HOPPED ON. IT WAS A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT WORLD THAN TWO DAYS BEFORE. Reporter: THEY STAYED IN PUERTO RICO, NOW THEY’RE HELPING THE PEOPLE THERE.

Line:92% A LOT OF PEOPLE DON’T HAVE THE OPTION BUT TO STAY. Reporter: THEY BOTH WANT TO GO BACK. THERE’S TOO MUCH MONEY TO BE MADE. I KNOW IT WILL, IT’S JUST A MATTER OF GETTING IT BACK TO WHERE IT WAS. REALLY TOUGH SEEING THOSE IMAGES.

YOU CAN’T IMAGINE YOU’RE WRITING YOUR DETAILED INFORMATION ON YOUR BODY. WHAT A SITUATION. WHAT HAPPENS TO THEM NOW? WHAT DO THEY DO? AMY, THE COUPLE SAYS THEY WERE KIND IN A THREE-MONTH AT A TIME TAKING IT PATTERN, BUT THEY’LL HOPEFULLY BE TRANSFERRED TO ANOTHER MARRIOTT RESORT PROPERTY IN THE MEANTIME WHILE THE ISLAND REBUILDS. THEY REALLY WANT TO FOCUS ON HELPING ALL THE PEOPLE WHO COULDN’T AFFORD TO, LIKE THEM, GET OFF THE ISLAND, SO THERE IS A LINK UP ON WSPA.COM IF YOU.

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St Thomas Timeshare Resort, Hurricane Irma

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