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Hurricane Dean Update JAMAICA TOURIST BOARD - UPDATE #15

Hurricane Dean Update JAMAICA TOURIST BOARD - UPDATE #15 (Forimmediaterelease.net) Thursday, August 23, 2007 - 11:00 a.m. -
SITUATIONAL ANALYSIS ON THE TOURISM SECTOR IN JAMAICA

Information compiled from US based public relations agencies, JTB, and TEOC Assessment.
Please visit www.visitjamaica.com or www.jtbonline.org for current update postings.

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is advising that the Parish Welfare Committees have established Registration Centres for persons who have suffered damages as a result of Hurricane Dean.

ROAD ACCESS:

Mount Rosser, Flat Bridge, the South Coast as well as the Negril to Montego Bay routes are all accessible to regular traffic.

Treasure Beach roads are now cleared, but caution is needed due to downed poles.

The main roads from Ocho Rios to Montego Bay and Negril are all clear.

POWER

The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) continues to make progress in its efforts to restore electricity supply to the nation. Up to 10:00 o'clock this morning power service had already been restored to over 190,000, or approximately 34% of JPS' customers.

Today's Priorities

Customers in all but four parishes have started to receive electricity service. The restoration process in the parishes of St. Mary, Portland, St. Thomas, and St. Elizabeth is proving to be particularly difficult as a result of the extent of the damage to JPS' power delivery system in these parishes.

These parishes, as well as the outstanding essential services such as water pumping facilities and hospitals that are still without power, will be high on JPS' priority list for restoration today. Among the areas in which the Company's teams will be working to restore power supply today are:
PARISH AREAS LIKELY TO RECEIVE POWER TODAY
Manchester Sections of: Mandeville Town, Porus, Spalding.
Clarendon Sections of: May Pen
St. Catherine Sections of: Greater Portmore, Edgewater, Garveymeade, Bridgeport, Linstead, Old Harbour, Spanish Town, and Braeton Phase 1
Kingston & St. Andrew Half Way Tree, and sections of roads leading off, Sections of Chancery Hall, Norbrook, Swallowfield, Spanish Town Road, Oxford Road, Old Hope Road
Portland Sections of: Port Antonio
St. Mary Sections of: Port Maria, Annotto Bay
St. Ann Sections of: White River, Ocho Rios


Restoration Timeline
JPS is optimistic that by Sunday, August 26, power will be restored to most areas in the following parishes: Kingston & St Andrew, St Catherine, St James, Westmoreland, Hanover, Trelawny and St Ann. The Company expects to have most customers in St. Thomas, Portland, and St Mary by the end of next week. It could be weeks, however, before complete restoration in Clarendon, Manchester, and St. Elizabeth have their power supply restored, as a result of the severe damage to the Company's transmission network in the south of the island.

JPS is reminding the public that it is very possible that there could be a few customers who may be without supply even after most of their parish is energized. This could be due to lack of access to some communities, or to extensive damage on sections of the power delivery system. The Company remains committed, however, to getting power to all its customers in the shortest possible time.

WATER

Less than 48 hours after the passage of hurricane Dean, the National Water Commission (NWC) is now continuing the process of conducting islandwide assessment of the level of damage and effecting repairs caused to its facilities and systems.

All water supply and wastewater systems that can be operated are now being operated. Steps are also being taken to effect emergency repairs and conduct other critical activities to restore piped water supply to all areas in the shortest possible time.

Several of the island's more than 400 water supply systems have been affected or disrupted in some way by the torrential rains experienced over the last two days. The main causes of disruption include:
• Electrical outages
• Heavy mud flows or high turbidity at most systems supplied from river or spring sources
• Blocked and damaged intake structures
• Inaccessible facilities

As at this morning forty-five percent (45%) of the NWC's production capacity have been put back into operation using available stand-by generating facilities and gravity-flow operation wherever possible, this enabling piped supply of water to a number of areas; although in some instances at low pressure or with occasional interruptions.

Among the most critically affected areas that remain without piped water supply are Portmore and other sections of St. Catherine as well as Greater Mandeville. This results directly from the absence of electrical power in these very large areas and the huge number of underground sources (wells) that are utilised to serve these areas. The restoration of piped supply to these areas is almost entirely dependent on the speed at which power supply is returned to these critical facilities.

In both the cases of Portmore and Greater Mandeville, these areas are served from very far sources and require a number of connected and inter-connected plant and pumps to ensure proper service to customers. (Portmore served by sources in Bog Walk & Greater Mandeville by sources in adjoining parishes of Clarendon and St. Elizabeth)

The National Water Commission is continuing to do all it can to restore normality in the shortest possible time and asks for the continued patience and understanding of its affected customers.

INTERNATIONAL CARRIERS AND OPERATORS

Continental Airlines
For the period August 22 to August 26, 2007, the following flights are scheduled from Continental Europe to Jamaica:

Wednesday, August 22
LTU - Germany
Jet air - Belgium

Thursday, August 23
Livingston- Italy
Condor - Germany
Arke Fly - Holland

Friday, August 24
Air Italy (Livingston #) - Italy

Saturday, August 25
Jet Air - Belgium

Sunday, August 26
Volare/Air Europe - Italy

Air Canada Vacations - Still too early to assess cancellations for Jamaica, decision expected by Wednesday, August 22.

Sunwing - Have not been receiving a lot of cancellations from passengers, mainly date changes.

Soltour (Spain) - Sending two empty aircrafts (one from MAD one from LIS) to Montego Bay to pick up visitors to return home. Have canceled this week's departure and will reinstate normal operation for week of August 27.

Thomas Cook (Germany) - Has confirmed decision to send guests on Condor and LTU this Wednesday, August 22 and Thursday, August 23.

Martin Air (Amsterdam) - continuing normally scheduled service.

JAMAICA AIRPORTS
Sangster International Airport and Norman Manley International Airport

All Air Jamaica flights to and from Kingston and Montego Bay, Jamaica will operate as scheduled today. Only passengers who are confirmed for travel today should go to the airport. Passengers not confirmed today should contact Air Jamaica reservations or their travel agent for rebooking. Passengers traveling today are advised to check in a minimum of three hours prior to scheduled departure.

Passengers are being asked to visit www.airjamaica.com or call Air Jamaica reservations for up-to-date information regarding your flight.
In Jamaica: 1-888-FLY-AIR-J
In the USA, Canada or the Caribbean: 1-800-523-5585

RESORT AREA: MONTEGO BAY/FALMOUTH
ACCOMMODATIONS/ ATTRACTIONS STATUS REPORTED
Bamboo Village Damage.

Breezes Montego Bay Open, accepting guests.
Chukka Caribbean Open and operational.
Coyaba Minimal damage. 100% occupied.
Doctor's Cave No structural damage.
Half Moon No structural damage -accepting guests.
Holiday Inn No structural damage. Open.
Iberostar Rose Hall No structural damage.
Ritz Carlton Accepting new reservations on Thurs, Aug. 23.
Riu Montego Bay No damage. Open.
Rose Hall Resort & Country Club No Damage, Renovating opening November 15th.
Round Hill No damage - open and fully operational.
Royal DeCameron No damage.
Sandals Inn No structural damage.
Sandals Montego Bay No structural damage.
Sandals Royal Caribbean No structural damage.
Sunset Beach Resort & Spa No structural damage, open, accepting guests.
Tryall Minimal damage. Reopen this weekend.


RESORT AREA: KINGSTON

Overall Status
Some damage to hotels in New Kingston. See Table below:
ACCOMMODATIONS/ ATTRACTIONS STATUS REPORTED

Altamont Court Hotel Minimal damage to roof, foliage.
Courtleigh Hotel Minimal damage - windows, foliage, etc.
Hilton Hotel Open and operational.
Pegasus Hotel Temporarily out of service.
Strawberry Hill Will open Friday, Aug. 24


RESORT AREA: OCHO RIOS

Overall Status
No major damage was reported. See Table below:
ACCOMMODATIONS/ ATTRACTIONS STATUS REPORTED
Bahia Principe Minimal damage.
Beaches Boscobel No structural damage.
Breezes Runaway Bay Open, accepting guests.
Chukka Caribbean Open and operational.
Couples Ocho Rios Open, accepting guests.
Couples San Souci Open, accepting guests
Dolphin Cove Open.
Dunn's River Falls Open.
FDR Open, accepting guests.
FDR Pebbles Open, accepting guests.
Goldeneye No structural damage; accepting guests Weds. Aug. 22.
Grand Lido Braco Open, accepting guests.
Green Grotto Open.
Heart Academy Minimal damage.
Hedonism III Open, accepting guests.
Island Village Open and operational.
Jamaica Inn Open, fully operational.
Prospect Plantation Open.
Riu Mammee Bay No damage
Rooms on the Beach Open, accepting guests.
Rooms on the Beach Normal.
Royal Plantation Normal.
Sand Castles Open for business.
Sandals Dunn's River No structural damage.
Sandals Grande Ocho Rios No structural damage.
Sans Souci No damage.
Shaw Park No damage.
Starfish Trelawny Open, accepting guests.
Sunset Jamaica Grande No damage, open, accepting guests.


RESORT AREA: SOUTHCOAST /MANDEVILLE

Overall Status
No land phone lines working. Cellular service working as of Tuesday, August 21. In Mandeville, trees down, roof damage to houses. See Table below:
ACCOMMODATIONS/ ATTRACTIONS STATUS REPORTED
Appleton Estate Sustained minimal damage and will be open for business tomorrow, August 23.
Astra Hotel Has reported some water damage.
Black River Safari Tours are open but some buildings are damaged.
Golf View Hotel Has reported some water damage.
Holland Bamboo Damaged & road at Goshen under water with alternate route.
Jake's Will open on September 28.
Little Ochi Open.
Lovers Leap Suffered some damage and is not open.
Mandeville Hotel One block of rooms out as they lost the roof at that block also water damage.
Pelican Bar Open.
Sandals Whitehouse No structural damage.
Time Square Duty Free Shopping Mall Is open for business as usual. Power was restored at about 11:00 a.m. and we have informed the Negril hotel and businesses of our resumption of service to the community.
Villa Bella Has lost a part of their roof and there is damage to the kitchen but the hotel is open for business.
YS Falls Sustained minimal damage, but will be open for business today, August 22.


Jake's Resort
According to Island Outpost President and Jake's Owner, Jason Henzell, “These forces of nature tend to bring out the best in people - my staff and community are incredible. Spirits are high, and our faith is stronger now than ever." Jake's resort has established a hurricane relief fund through Breds - The Treasure Beach Foundation (USA), which Henzell runs for the less fortunate who have property damage, no insurance, no support system, especially to the sick and elderly. The initiative is also in concert with Treasurebeach.net, a community web site, “The Jamaican spirit is strong, and with that, we know we will prevail all obstacles. Faith is the strongest asset of any nation, and for Jamaicans, it is the gold standard."

BREDS, TREASURE BEACH FOUNDATION is a non-profit organization established in 1998 to promote education, sports, cultural heritage, environmental awareness and more recently emergency healthcare in Treasure Beach. The long-term vision for Breds is to establish Treasure Beach as a model for low-density, environmentally friendly, sustainable community in Jamaica. The term “Breds" short for Brethren — has for generations, been a familiar way of hailing a person from this local fishing community. To make a contribution, please call (876) 965 3000 or visit www.breds.org; href="mailto:info@breds.org">info@breds.org.

RESORT AREA: PORTLAND

Overall Status
Minimal damages, trees down and water is still available in some areas. See Table below:
ACCOMMODATIONS/ ATTRACTIONS STATUS REPORTED
Fern Hill Hotel No significant damage to report.
Jamaica Palace Minimal damage.


RESORT AREA: NEGRIL

Overall Status
Minimal damage to properties in region, however loss of foliage. Few utility poles down. West End road was blocked but has since been cleared. Most other areas clear. Road from Orange Hill to Frome mainly intact. See Table below:
ACCOMMODATIONS/ ATTRACTIONS STATUS REPORTED
Beaches Negril No structural damage.
Beaches Sandy Bay No structural damage.
Couples Negril Open, accepting guests.
Couples Swept Away Open, accepting guests.
Grand Lido Negril Open, accepting guests.
Hedonism II Open, accepting guests.
Idle a While No damage.
Mariners Inn No damage.
Merrills Beach No damage.
Point Village No damage.
Rick's Cafe Slight damage.
Rock House No damage.
Riu Negril Open.
Riu Tropical Bay Open.
Sandals Negril No structural damage.
Sunset at the Palms No structural damage, will reopen for arrivals on Aug. 21.
Tensing Pen Two villas roofs damaged.
The Caves No structural damage. Open Thurs. Aug. 23.
White Sands No damage.


Time Square Duty Free Shopping Mall - Is open for business as usual. Power was restored at about 11:00 a.m. and we have informed the Negril hotel and businesses of our resumption of service to the community.

Hedonism II - Has announced that all systems are operational. The resort sustained minor damages to its foliage and some sections of the main beach were eroded. However there were no structural damages and business will therefore continue as per usual.

All debris in the main areas of the resort has been cleared as of Monday afternoon and all pools have been cleaned and are presently functional. All Watersports activities and operations will be operational as of tomorrow.

GOLF COURSE UPDATES
• Breezes Runaway Bay Golf Course currently in operation
• Negril Hills Golf Course currently in operation
• Cinanamon Hill Golf Course currently in operation
• Half-Moon now fully operational with golf course now open for use by patrons. Also at Half Moon, the hotel is welcoming a group today for a wedding scheduled for this weekend.
• White Witch Golf Course now in operation
• Sandals Golf and Country Club now up and running
• Tryall Golf Course now open

In response to the recent Hurricane Dean, Basil Smith Director of Jamaica Tourist Board said, “We currently have recovery teams on the ground surveying the damage. Initial reports show that w e fared reasonably well. The majority of damage suffered was mostly to landscaping and utility poles. Damage to hotels is limited and in general the Hotel sector is in good shape.

JAMAICAN PARISHES

Jamaican parishes have been affected in the following ways:

St. Andrew (east including Kingston)
• Tree and sign damage
• Light poles down
• Some roof damage
• No serious hotel damage yet reported
• Road erosion in Helshire
• Road to airport has been blocked

St. Ann (central north - including Ocho Rios)
• Very little rain was experienced. Wind damage still being assessed.
• Substantial amount of damage to roads.
• No electricity, but have water.

St. James (west including Montego Bay)
• Very little rain was experienced. Wind damage still being assessed.
• Sandals Montego Bay expects to be operational today. Has gained from accretion of beach sand.

Hanover (west)
• Minimal damage
• Round Hill will be fully operational today

St. Thomas (south east)
• Severe wind damage reported to roofs and landscape
• Roads blocked
• Communication has not yet been established with the parish

Thomas Steinmetz
Email: thomas@eturbonews.com
Telefon: 1-808-536-1100

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