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( Hotels report minor cosmetic damage; airport re-opened Saturday, August 18

NEW YORK, NY – August 20, 2007 – Martinique’s tourism industry remains intact following the passing of Hurricane Dean. The international airport – Martinique Aimé Césaire International Airport – re-opened at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 18, while the island’s hotel infrastructure emerged virtually unscathed with only minor cosmetic damages reported to buildings. Hotel landscaping was impacted more extensively, though none of the island’s 160 hotels and resorts will close due to the storm.

Mrs. Madeleine de Grandmaison, chairman of the Martinique Tourism Authority, reported that government authorities are working swiftly to clean up debris and re-open roads. She is pleased to announce that the island’s hotels are open for business and that Martinique is already welcoming new visitors.

“Those of us in the tourism sector are certainly counting our blessings today,” said Muriel Wiltord, Director USA & Latin America for the Martinique Promotion Bureau/CMT USA. “A few hotels reported minor flooding and there were several broken windows, but other than that the island’s tourism industry held up extremely well.”

According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, the eye of Hurricane Dean passed to the south of Martinique during the early morning hours of Friday, August 17. The hurricane was classified as a Category 2 storm at the time.

About Martinique (
A Little Bit of France in the Caribbean, The Isle of Flowers, The Rum Capital of the World – by any one of its many names Martinique remains one of the most alluring and enchanting destinations in the world; as unforgettable as a summer romance or a first kiss. Martinique is an overseas region of France, and in keeping with traditional French flair this vibrant island stirs the passions with awe-inspiring natural beauty, a rich cultural history, distinctive culinary delights, warm smiles and so much more. Napoleon’s bride, Empress Josephine, was born and raised here. The Pompeii of the Caribbean, St. Pierre, is found here. The finest French products, from Chanel fashions to Limoges porcelain, are readily available here. La Route des Rhums, a tour of the world’s finest rum distilleries based on France’s famed Route des Vins, is offered here. A special place, to be sure, with so much to offer Martinique c’est magnifique!

For more information on Martinique, contact the Martinique Promotion Bureau /CMT USA, 825 Third Avenue, 29th Floor, New York, NY 10022 – Tel: 212 838 6887 - Fax: 212 838 7855 – Email: href=""> – Web site:

Contact: Christel Coïta Steve Bennett, SBPR Corp
T: 212-745 0970 T: 954-760-5740
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