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Posted: Friday, September 18, 2020. 10:21 am CST.

By BBN Staff: Loop, a Caribbean-based media outlet, is reporting that hotel occupancy within the Caribbean is up, which is a positive sign as the region prepares to reopen for tourism.

An article published today by the St. Lucia arm of Loop, said that the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), has been seeing an increase in bookings in the accommodation sector.

Speaking at a Caribbean Tourism Organisation(CTO) webinar on Wednesday, Frank Comito, Chief Executive Officer of CHTA, said that occupancy levels slightly above 20 percent for 13 destinations in the region that reopened their borders for international tourists. Comito added that, if booking continues at their current pace, the region could see hotel occupancy go as his as 40 percent by year’s end and possibly as high as 70 percent by early 2021.

Loop quotes Comito as saying “We are seeing a lot of advanced bookings and some of us are protected by the fact that we have strong cancellation policies in place and that provides some sense of insurance that if things change the travelers are protected,” he said.

He also noted that local tourism has played a key role in hotel occupancy rates going up, pointing to Belize as an example where hotel occupancy went up to around 70 percent due to locals traveling within the country.

 

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