While tourism is off limits in Mexico following Hurricane Wilma’s fury, Cayman and other Caribbean islands may benefit from the gap this leaves in the market.
‘We’ve had some enquiries for the time around Thanksgiving and Christmas,’ said Janet A. Clark of Huntington Colonial Travel in New York in reference to vacations in the Cayman Islands. Although, she added that they are having trouble booking people in around these holidays as the destination is getting booked up.
‘I consider the Cayman Islands one of the safest and friendliest places. We always tell people that,’ she said, adding that it will definitely be on the agenda for re-booking people.
However, some other travel agents feel it may be too early to tell what people with bookings for Cozumel and Cancun do about their vacation, until a proper damage assessment is done.
Liberty Travel’s Lorraine Caban-Fruchter said they have not really started to re-book people yet, but her agency would certainly be referring people to islands that meet their needs, including the Cayman Islands. However, she had not noticed any large number of bookings for Cayman yet.
Luxury hotels in Cancun have shut down and will not reopen for the peak Christmas season because of multimillion-dollar damage caused by Hurricane Wilma, recent media reports have indicated.
A lack of power and running water has forced at least three hotel chains to close their resorts temporarily, for perhaps months.
Hurricane Wilma washed away vast stretches of Cancun’s famous sandy white beaches with multi-million dollar renewal of them expected to begin in January.
Some estimate full recovery in the area could take until Easter.