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UPDATE November 27, 2015.


ROSEAU, Dominica (November 27, 2023) - The Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association (DHTA) and the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) spearheaded "Caribbean Hotels Unite for Dominica," a joint fundraising initiative and online auction raising US$51,785 in an effort to bring financial aid to the people of Dominica affected by the Tropical Storm Erika. The August 2015 storm unleashed 12 inches of rain on the island, causing extensive flooding, loss of life and more than US$400 million in damage.

"Caribbean Hotels Unite for Dominica," conceived by CHTA Acting President and President-Elect Karolin Troubetzkoy, featured 57 Caribbean vacation packages, all donated by hotels across the Caribbean region and auctioned on CharityBuzz.com, an online charity auction platform with a global reach of 125,000+ registered bidders in 109 countries.

The just-completed auction raised US$51,785, which was received on a designated DHTA / Caribbean Hotels Unite for Dominica account created solely for the management of these funds. The funds will be distributed in Dominica under guidelines created by a joint CHTA/DHTA committee.

"It was both humbling and heart-warming to see how quickly and enthusiastically Caribbean hoteliers responded to this assistance campaign further reiterating we are, in-fact, One Caribbean, and can rely on each other in times of need," said Troubetzkoy.

“We are grateful to the CHTA, our regional umbrella association, for seeing the need in Dominica and extending the reach of this fundraising initiative to its regional network of hotel and tourism associations,” remarked Stephanie Astaphan, DHTA Executive Vice President.

Hotels that donated vacations stays as part of the "Caribbean Hotels Unite for Dominica" campaign include:

  • Anacaona Boutique Hotel, Anguilla
  • Curtain Bluff, Antigua
  • Hermitage Bay, Antigua
  • Cocos Hotel, Antigua
  • Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort, Aruba
  • Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa, Aruba
  • Pelican Bay Hotel, Bahamas
  • Ocean Two, Barbados
  • Sea Breeze Beach Hotel, Barbados
  • Coral Reef Club, Barbados
  • The Sandpiper, Barbados
  • All Seasons Resort Europa, Barbados
  • Yellow Bird Hotel, Barbados
  • The Crane Residential Resort, Barbados
  • Peter Island Resort & Spa, BVI
  • Necker Island Resort, BVI
  • Scuba Lodge & Ocean Suites, Curacao
  • Hilton Curacao, Curacao
  • Curacao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino, Curacao
  • Lions Dive & Beach Resort, Curacao
  • Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, Curacao
  • Secret Bay, Dominica
  • Fort Young Hotel, Dominica
  • Pagua Bay House, Dominica
  • Hotel The Champs, Dominica
  • Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa, Grenada
  • Spice Island Beach Resort, Grenada
  • Round Hill Hotel and Villas, Jamaica
  • Hedonism II, Jamaica
  • Nisbet Plantation Beach Club, Nevis
  • El Conquistador & Las Casitas Village: A Waldorf Astoria Resort, Puerto Rico
  • The Buccaneer, St. Croix
  • Tamarind Reef Resort, Spa & Marina, St. Croix
  • Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort, St. Lucia
  • Bay Gardens Hotel, St. Lucia
  • Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa, St. Lucia
  • Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa, St. Lucia
  • Anse Chastanet, St. Lucia
  • Jade Mountain, St. Lucia
  • St. James's Club Morgan Bay, St. Lucia
  • East Winds, St. Lucia
  • Coco Palm Resorts, St. Lucia
  • Cap Maison, St. Lucia
  • Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort, St. Lucia
  • Rendezvous Resort, St. Lucia
  • Ti Kaye Resort & Spa, St. Lucia
  • The Body Holiday, St. Lucia
  • The Summit Resort Hotel, St. Maarten
  • Bolongo Bay Beach Resort, St. Thomas
  • Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort, St. Thomas
  • Turtle Beach by Rex Resorts, Tobago
  • Courtyard® by Marriott® Port of Spain, Trinidad
  • Cara Suites, Trinidad
  • Monique's Guest House, Trinidad
  • Emerald Beach Resort, USVI
  • Lindbergh Bay Hotel and Villas, USVI
  • Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa, USVI

For more information about the ‘Caribbean Hotels Unite for Dominica’ campaign, contact the DHTA Office on 17 Castle Street, Roseau, Dominica by telephone on + 1 767 440-3430 / 616-1055 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or visit www.dhta.org/caribbeanhotelsunite.

The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association is a regional partnership of (32) national hotel associations established to facilitate the full potential of the Caribbean hotel and tourism industry by serving member needs and building public-private partnerships in a socially responsible and sustainable manner. 

The Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association is a non-profit organization providing centralized and innovative information, advocacy, and leadership for the tourism industry in Dominica.

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On Thursday, August 27, Tropical Storm Erika made landfall on the Eastern Caribbean island of Dominica. Over 12 inches of rain in as many hours triggered landslides and flash flooding across the island, causing considerable infrastructural and property damage, and paramount, loss of 31 lives on the island nation.

Since the storm, the people of Dominica have rallied to restore telecommunications, roads and ports and to relocate 300 displaced families from the hardest hit communities on the island’s southeast coast. Today, the main air and sea ports have resumed commercial operations, and the country continues to work towards recovery.

'Caribbean Hotels Unite for Dominica' is a ​joint fundraising initiative by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) and the Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association​ (DHTA) to support the people of Dominica in their recovery efforts, conceived by CHTA First Vice President and President-Elect, Karolin Troubetzkoy who owns and operates two award-winning resorts in St. Lucia.

The campaign is simple: Rally CHTA member hotels from across the Caribbean region to donate 3-7 night vacation packages for auction on Charity Buzz, an online charity auction platform with global reach of 125,000+ registered bidders in 109 countries.

“It was rewarding to see how quickly and enthusiastically our Caribbean hotels responded to our outreach - we are a large Caribbean family who can rely on each other in our respective times of need,” remarked Troubetzkoy.

“The time to help Dominica is now. In other times of need, the Caribbean as a region has generously come together to provide assistance to those devastated by natural disasters, and we are confident that this spirit of generosity will be evident once again,” said Hugh Riley, Secretary General of the Caribbean Tourism Organization.

At the close of the auction period, all proceeds will be directed to address urgent needs identified by the host community through close cooperation with relief organizations on-the-ground and the individual communities affected by Tropical Storm Erika.

"Both associations, here in Dominica and at the level of the Caribbean region, recognize the need to come together to contribute to Dominica's recovery," remarked DHTA Executive Vice President, Stephanie Astaphan. "The 'Caribbean Hotels Unite for Dominica' campaign is our collective contribution to this recovery process on the community level,” asserted Astaphan.

Dominica (pronounced Dom-in-EEK-a, and not to be confused with the Dominican Republic) is a haven for adventure travelers seeking a unique vacation that includes: hiking and adventure, cultural events/festivals, diving and water sports, whale/dolphin watching and canyoning adventures. Dominica lies south of Guadeloupe and north of Martinique in the Eastern Caribbean. Air travelers can connect to Dominica on Air Sunshine, BVI Airways, LIAT, Seaborne Airlines or Winair from the surrounding hubs of Antigua, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, U.S. Virgin Islands and St. Lucia. If traveling by sea, travelers can connect to Dominica on L’Express des Iles ferry service from Guadeloupe, Martinique, and St. Lucia.

To learn more about Dominica, visit www.discoverdominica.com and www.dhta.org.

To learn more about the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association, visit www.caribbeanhotelandtourism.com


Displaced families relocated to Community Centers and Schools

Source: OPM, Government of Dominica


Crews install first of three Bailey bridges along the E.O. Le Blanc Highway

Source: OPM, Government of Dominica