Travel industry comes to aid of southeast Texas

Travel industry comes to aid of southeast Texas: Travel WeeklyCompanies and organizations across the travel industry are promoting and providing relief and recovery assistance for those affected by Hurricane Harvey, which has taken a serious toll on the people and properties of southeastern Texas.Enterprise Holdings last week initiated the process of moving several thousand vehicles into the Houston area to meet the increase in demand for cars both from residents whose cars were damaged and from emergency personnel. The company's Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation is also donating $1 million to the American Red Cross.Hertz Global Holdings, too, is bringing an undisclosed number of vehicles into the area to serve customers, insurance companies, FEMA and other emergency personnel.For storm victims needing a hotel stay, Texas Governor Greg Abbott suspended local and state hotel occupancy taxes from Aug. 25 through Sept. Karisma Hotels offered temporary free extended hotel stays at El Dorado Spa Resorts, Generations Riviera Maya, and Hidden Beach by Karisma for guests whose flights were canceled because of airport closures from the storm.Hilton donated $1 million  to the American Red Cross to aid storm victims. Marriott International and the J. Guests on certain Carnival Cruise Line sailings will have the option to make a donation when they check in for their cruise.In light of all the aid efforts, nonprofit organization Tourism Cares issued a statement to the travel industry reminding it to also keep longer-term recovery and the impact the storm will ultimately have on tourism in mind as it looks at how to spend donation dollars."The immediate needs are dire and demand immediate response -- that is always clear. give to recovery as well as relief because the urgent relief phase often gets the bulk of attention but recovery is often far longer, harder and more expensive;

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