TORONTO — The news reports coming in from Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands are heartbreaking, and the images even more so.
MIAMI — The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism has launched an online auction to aid in the long-term recovery of The Bahamas’ northwestern islands.
Travellers can shop and bid on various vacation options, all while helping those in need, says CHTA’s President Patricia Affonso-Dass.
“We are thankful for the contributions of our hotel and resort partners to assist the people of The Bahamas during this very difficult period,” she says, calling out properties throughout the Caribbean basis and a resort as far afield as Austria for donating room stays.
The online auction, dubbed ‘Caribbean Hotels Unite for Bahamas’, is a joint fundraising initiative between CHTA and the Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA). According to its website, the funds raised will bring relief to the people of Abaco and Grand Bahama following the passing of Hurricane Dorian last month.
The public is urged to shop, bid and show their support by visiting www.charitybuzz.com/CaribbeanHotelsForBahamas.
Noting that many hoteliers have come together to offer an array of accommodations, CHTA’s Director General and CEO, Frank Comito, said: “Whether you are shopping for a romantic escape, a family gathering, a business retreat, a personal getaway or a holiday gift, there’s much to choose from, all while helping to support people in need.”
A former Bahamian resident, Comito, who also served as Executive Vice President for BHTA for over 10 years, is reminding travellers that most of The Bahamas escaped serious damage from the hurricane.
“Nassau, Paradise Island, The Exumas, Eleuthera, Andros, Cat Island, Bimini, San Salvador, Rum Cay, Long Island, Acklins/Crooked Island, Ragged Island, Mayaguana and Inagua each present great travel options for the public as do more than 30 other destinations throughout the Caribbean,” he added. “The best way to help The Bahamas is to travel to The Bahamas.”
CHTA is still accepting donated room stays. Hotels interested in pledging a three- to seven-night vacation package to be auctioned through Charitybuzz can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (305) 443-3040.