9009202286?profile=originalIn the wake of hurricanes Irma and Maria, the Caribbean Tourism Development Company classifies each island nation as either Open for Business or Road to Recovery. The first category is the big one; as Caribbean Hotel & Travel Association president Karolin Troubetzkoy reminded me at a mid-October travel industry meeting, "27 Caribbean countries are open for business," and that certainly includes the Turks & Caicos.

Damage to TCI's eight inhabited islands was minimal, and, of course, that eight includes Providenciales, where most of the hotels and villas are located. Water and power were restored to most of the islands, roads cleared, most shops and restaurants reopened quickly, and airports resumed operation in September.

Most hotels and villas are open, too, including these: 

Coral Gardens

The Atrium

Caribbean Paradise Inn

Grace Bay Suites

Grace Bay Club

The Sands at Grace Bay (photo, above)

Seven Stars

The Shore Club

The Palms Regent Grand

Reef Residences


Ocean Club West


The Tuscany

The Venetian

Villa del Mar

Villa Renaissance

West Bay Club


Other hotels are either making mostly minor post-hurricane repairs or were closed for maintenance anyway during September and October.

Following are reopening dates for those few hotels still closed:

9009202863?profile=originalAmanyara, Oct. 20

Blue Haven, Beach House, Royal West Indies, and Meridian Club (right), Nov. 1

Alexandra Resort, Nov. 15

Ocean Club, Nov. 20

Ports of Call, Nov. 25

Club Med, Nov. 30

Point Grace, TBD November

Sail Rock, TBD December

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  • Way to go Ed

    Thanks for the great job you are doing to get the message out

    My best regards

  • Couldn't agree with you more, Andrew. A horrific hurricane scene. Coincidentally, today is the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Sandy in the NYC area, where seventysomething % of the people whose homes were creamed were under-insured, and 22 % have still not been able to return to their homes. That's in the Northeast section of the U.S.; now just imagine what's going on in less prosperous islands that have been hit this year.

  • Way to cheers

    Hope things will get back to normal quickly


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