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In 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:
Caribbean Paradise Inn
Grace Bay Suites
Grace Bay Club
The Sands at Grace Bay (photo, above)
The Shore Club
The Palms Regent Grand
Ocean Club West
Villa del Mar
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:
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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