According to an initial assessment, once again St. Kitts has escaped major damage from a powerful hurricane after Maria passed south of the island on Tuesday afternoon.

Update addresses the tourism product.

Some flooding, power outages and downed trees aside, Martinique escaped 'significant damage' from Hurricane Maria, according to Jacques Witkowski, France's head of civil protection and crisis response.

More than 90 representatives from the Arctic and Antarctic expedition cruise industry are expected to gather in Iceland Oct. 1-4 for the second AECO/IAATO Polar Field Staff Conference.

Though sister island Barbuda was devastated by Hurricane Irma, Antigua escaped heavy damage and the Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority head office in St. John's reports tour operators there are back to business and cruise ships are arriving.

The steel cutting ceremony for the first of two Costa Cruises ships to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) was held Wednesday at Meyer Turku shipyard, Finland. The ship, named Costa Smeralda, will debut in October 2019 with a sister ship following in 2021.

The Caribbean Tourism Organization has activated its CTO Relief Fund through GoFundMe to help families and countries rebuild after hurricanes, particularly in the wake of the massively destructive Category 5 Irma, which has impacted a number of member countries.

St. Kitts is 'virtually unscathed' following the passage of Hurricane Irma, the Tourism Ministry said Thursday afternoon. Having sustained minimal damage, tourism providers are in the process of reopening.

Karl J. Pojer, CEO, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises and CLIA Germany chairman, was named European Personality of the Year at the Seatrade Cruise Awards 2017, announced Wednesday night at Seatrade Europe in Hamburg.

St. Kitts Tourism Minister Lindsay Grant met with Royal Caribbean International president and CEO Michael Bayley when he visited the island recently aboard Harmony of the Seas.

More than 60 representatives from ministries of tourism, tourism authorities, ports and private sector entities from 14 Caribbean territories are set to participate at Seatrade Europe in Hamburg under the Caribbean Village banner.

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