MIAMI (Dec. 3)—The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association and the Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association have locked arms to raise more than $51,000 in financial aid for the people of Dominica.

The two private sector associations spearheaded “Caribbean Hotels Unite for Dominica,” a joint fundraising initiative and online auction seeking to assist the island, which was seriously affected by Tropical Storm Erika.

The August 2015 storm unleashed 12 inches of rain on the island, causing extensive flooding, loss of life and more than $200 million in damage.

“Caribbean Hotels Unite for Dominica,” conceived by CHTA Acting President Karolin Troubetzkoy of the storied Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain resorts in St. Lucia, featured 57 Caribbean vacation packages on CharityBuzz.com, an online charity auction platform with a global reach of more than 125,000 registered bidders in 109 countries.

The proceeds from the just-completed auction will be distributed in Dominica under guidelines created by a joint CHTA/DHTA committee.

“It was both humbling and heart-warming to see how quickly and enthusiastically Caribbean hoteliers responded to this assistance campaign, further reiterating we are, in fact, one Caribbean and can rely on each other in times of need,” said Troubetzkoy.

Hotels from Anguilla to the U.S. Virgin Islands donated vacation stays as part of the campaign.

The CHTA is a federation of 32 national hotel associations, with more than 600 member hotels and 300 allied members. CHTA is the largest representative of the private sector in the Caribbean hotel and tourism industry.

Tourism is widely recognized as the pivotal industry in the economy of the region with diverse nationalities, languages and styles.

CHTA aims to identify mutual problems and marshal resources to devise solutions.