Tourism Minister -Tourism Task Force Was Engaged in Sector Reopening Planning

by: - July 13, 2020
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Hon Tourism Minister, Denise Charles

The Hon Tourism Minister is affirming that industry players have been consulted ahead of plans to reopen the island for tourism business.

A staycation campaign was launched two weeks ago to encourage locals to go out and discover Dominica’s offerings.

The Hon Minister, Denise Charles has revealed at that launching that hotels, tour operators and other service providers will be able to access the protocols which they can use to welcome their guests.

On Sunday, she said in a discussion that the behind-the-scenes planning included the relevant partners.

“We organized a Tourism Task Force including of all the stakeholder’s representatives from the resort sector, tours, taxis and the private sector and we met and had very constructive and detailed meetings,”Minister Charles reported.

“They came up with many of the protocols that we will be implementing once the sites are reopened. We also decided that given the responsible way that we have been managing the reopening of the economy, it’s the same approach we took in tourism.”

The representative body for the hotel and tourism sector, the DHTA, shortly after the launch of Experience Dominica staycation campaign issued a statement requesting clarification and details on the initiative while indicating hopefulness for the sector.

Minister Charles acknowledged on Sunday that is certifying properties for operation is the prevailing challenge .

“In order to participate…the resorts have to get certified, and that is a process. They will be certified by the Health Promotion Unit but we have seen a great interest in terms of citizens being interested in supporting the hotels and more properties that want to participate.”

In the live-streamed discussion, she responded to a question of the pricing for staycation packages. She was told that some advertised offers were not covid-recession friendly.

Hon Charles responded that there are various packages at “great rates” but that she will take the feedback into consideration for further discussion.