Rebuilding tourism after Irma, an epic task for islands

Rebuilding tourism after Irma, an epic task for islandsIt’s been over a week since hurricane Irma ripped through the Caribbean — but for paradise islands overwhelmingly dependent on the tourist trade, the damage is far from over. The French-Dutch island of St Martin, where the massive storm killed 15 people, remains fringed by the white sands and turquoise waters that in happier times drew holidaymakers in their droves. “For the coming tourism season, we’re screwed,” said Paco Benito, manager of the Riu Palace hotel.



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