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AFTER HURRICANES, AAA FINDS NEARBY RESORTS DOING BUSINESS AS USUAL

 AFTER HURRICANES, AAA FINDS NEARBY RESORTS DOING BUSINESS AS USUAL
 ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- While recent hurricanes in Florida and Hawaii heavily damaged specific areas, the American Automobile Association points out that nearby resorts and islands suffered only minor inconveniences and are open for business.
 On Sept. 11, the northern-most Hawaiian island, Kauai, was devastated by Hurricane Iniki. More than half the homes on the island were destroyed and most of 70 hotels damaged.
 Yet to the southeast, the islands of Oahu and Maui, the big island of Hawaii and the other islands were relatively unaffected. Already resorts are reporting occupancy rates that are back to full strength.
 "Except for Kauai," said Mark Davisson, general manager of AAA Hawaii, "the islands are as beautiful as ever."
 In Florida, there is still a curfew in south Dade County and Everglades National Park has been closed indefinitely as a result of Hurricane Andrew. There was also some damage to Key Biscayne.
 The rest of Florida, however, is back to normal. Tourists planning trips south will find all main roads open and the Florida Keys virtually unscathed by the hurricane.
 Terry Farias, group general manager, AAA Florida/Louisiana/Mississippi, is advising motorists passing through Miami to stick to major highways.
 "Travel along secondary roads in south Dade County may still be hampered by downed trees, wires and extreme traffic congestion," he said.
 Resorts and attractions elsewhere in Hawaii and Florida are operating with their usual influx of tourists. AAA advises members to check with their travel agents or contact the resort if they have questions concerning specific accommodations.
 AAA is a not-for-profit federation of 145 motor clubs with more than 1,000 offices providing its more than 33 million members in the U.S. and Canada with travel, insurance, financial and auto-related services.
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 /CONTACT: Jerry Cheske or Geoff Sundstrom of the American Automobile Association, 407-444-8000/ CO: American Automobile Association ST: Florida IN: AUT SU:


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