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Hurricane Charley Causes Many Travel Companies To Relocate

August 19, 2004

Hurricane Charley Causes Many Travel Companies To Relocate
August 19, 2004 – Florida residents and businesses are recovering after Hurricane Charley hit this major tourist spot last week. The Hurricane’s death toll in Florida has now reached 22. Damages from the hurricane have caused many businesses to temporarily move offices, and some to relocate permanently.

NTA member, The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel are in the process of moving their offices on Thursday and Friday of this week. They will be up and running on Monday, Aug. 23 at their new permanent address:

One University Center
12800 University Drive
Suite 550
Fort Myers, Florida 33907-5337
Phone numbers and fax line will not change. You many reach the company at their airport number, 239-768-4374.

NTA members with temporary and/or permanent address changes may submit information to Sarah Wilmoth at sarah.wilmoth@ntastaff.com. NTA will continue to relay your information to NTA members on NTA Online.

According to USAToday, state tourism officials and Gov. Jeb Bush held a conference call Monday with operators of tourist destinations to get a sense of Charley’s impact on the $51 billion industry, the largest contributor to Florida’s economy.

Operators of attractions, hotels and other businesses hit by the storm said they were hurt badly, and many were unsure of when they’ll be able to open again or how they can pay employees.

The state’s latest estimate of storm damage added up so far was $25 million, and the Insurance Information Institute in Washington estimated that insurers were likely to pay up to $7.4 billion in claims. That figure would make Charley the second most expensive hurricane to hit the United States. Hurricane Andrew, a Category 5 storm in 1992, was the most expensive, costing insurers $15.5 billion — $20.3 billion in 2003 dollars.

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