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Barbados Hurricane Ivan Update; Four Hotels
Experienced Minimal Property Damage


BRIDGETOWN,  BARBADOS, WI  (September  9 , 2004) - The people of Barbados resumed normal business activities today under sunny skies, in the aftermath of tropical storm conditions caused by Hurricane Ivan.  The island was spared from the full strength of the Hurricane, which passed to the South.

The Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association has confirmed that the vast majority of the hotels on Island are fully operational and that precautions had been taken to ensure that all guests were safe and secure.

An early assessment of the tourism infrastructure reveals that only four hotels experienced minimal property damage, as well as two restaurants that are situated on the water’s edge on the south coast.

That information is as follows:

  • Atlantis Hotel and Restaurant at Bathsheba on the East Coast of the Island, experienced some storm surge and wind damage. The restaurant has re-opened for lunch.
  • Grand Barbados Hotel – Bridgetown experienced storm surge that damaged its boardwalk and the Schooner Restaurant, which is situated at the end of the boardwalk. Guests were not affected and the hotel remains open for business.
  • Ocean Spray Apartments – Inch Marlow lost part of its roof from the main building due to the strong winds. The hotel is closed pending repairs and renovation.
  • Escape at the Gap experienced some roof and structural damage over three of its rooms and one restaurant. Guests were not affected and repairs are in progress. The hotel remains open for business. 
  • Barbados Cruise Terminal experienced storm surge damage to the chattel house shops outside the building and water damage inside the main building. The clean-up process has begun. The main terminal will be open for business today.
  • Champer’s Restaurant on the South Coast experienced some water damage to the ground floor due to the storm surge. Clean-up is completed and the restaurant has reopened.
  • Kentucky Fried Chicken on the South Coast experienced some external structural damage due to the storm surge. No damage was sustained to the inside of the building. Clean-up is in progress and the restaurant will be open for business within 48 hours. 
The Grantley Adams International Airport, which was untouched, has reopened and all airlines have resumed flights into and out of Barbados. The Bridgetown Port Authority will receive a cruise ship today .

The Barbados Light and Power Company reported that power had been restored to over 90% of the island by Wednesday afternoon. During the storm the company had cut the Island’s electricity supply as a precautionary measure.

Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association
Also See: Cancun, Barbados and Puerto Rico Were the Best Performers in the Global Resort Market with 2003 Occupancy Levels of Up to 78% / Deloitte / March 2004
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