Members of the Dominica Hotel and Tourism Industry are estimating that they have lost close to a year of room nights- about EC $1 million, according to Executive Vice President of the Hotel and Tourism Association, Kevin Francis.
The Dominica Association of Industry and Commerce solicited feedback from its members about the effect of the new coronavirus on business.
Francis reported that DHTA hoteliers are concerned.
“From our respondents, we found out that we have lost just about 353 nights- almost a whole year,” he said highlighting that those figures are based on those members of the DHTA which responded, not all hoteliers on the island.
Francis elucidated, “We also found out that those respondents that that’s just about a million EC dollars of lost revenue.”
The industry representative revealed that the association will be requesting government support to cushion the blow of COVID19 to the hotel and tourism sector.
He listed first a deferment of VAT saying, “We will be paying VAT and have nothing to offset that.”
Francis also identified the general promotion of good hygiene, closer scrutiny at the borders and self-quarantine for visitors.