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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Caribbean tourism officials scramble to regain lost business

AJC.com SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Caribbean tourism officials are working overtime to reassure reluctant travelers that plenty of sun-soaked islands were untouched by a recent spate of deadly tropical cyclones.

Storms so far have sidestepped Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the entire eastern Caribbean, including Martinique and Barbados.

Officials worry that potential visitors may wrongly assume the entire region was ravaged by four storms that pummeled several islands since mid-August, said Alec Sanguinetti, head of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association.