VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The devastation caused by recent hurricanes is driving up the cost of visiting other popular destinations, including Hawaii.
Demand is high for other vacation spots, because it could be a year before hurricane-ravaged areas are ready for tourists again.
Claire Newell with Travel Best Bets says one of the hardest hit countries is Cuba, where resort communities such as Cayo Santa Maria have just started becoming destination favourites.
“Tourism is their main stay for many of these places. Some will recover much faster than we expect. Others, it could take a year.”
“It really depends on the actual areas themselves. Some of these small, little islands that were hit very, very hard –Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, St. Maarten– really took a massive hit.”
She says travellers now planning to avoid that part of the world could face steep prices elsewhere.
“Places like Hawaii and Southern California, even parts of Asia, we’re seeing prices go up and some dates selling out.”
Newell adds she hasn’t had many cancellations because most of her clients understand the hurricane season runs until mid-November.
And she says most tourists who’ve already booked trips this fall to the Caribbean will likely get refunds or be allowed to travel elsewhere.
You can listen to hurricane season travel tips from Claire Newell here: