Despite the current hiatus in global travel, the Government of Dominica remains optimistic about the prospects for its tourism sector, both in terms of cruise and stay-over visitors.
That’s according to Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit.
Skerrit says the cruise lines have been satisfied with the Government of Dominica’s maintenance, and improvements of tourist sites, and the country’s general infrastructure and cleanliness.
The Prime Minister says major cruise lines have also given their commitment to returning to Dominica, once the borders are reopened and there is agreement on safety protocols.
“In terms of stayover visitors, the future of Dominica looks encouraging,” Prime Minister Skerrit said.
He added, “Our market-ready hotel room stock is increasing with the construction, expansion and rehabilitation of hotels. Up to March of this year, we had made much progress in improving access to Dominica with new routes and/or flights from Air Antilles, WINAIR, Inter-Caribbean and Silver Airways.”
The Prime Minister also mentioned the governments discussions with two airlines about the possibility of providing direct flights from Florida while at the same time processing an application from Caribbean Airlines for direct flights from Trinidad and Tobago.
“We anticipate that once the pandemic dissipates, these discussions will resume, to facilitate easier access to Dominica,” Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said.
“Mr. Speaker, the Government is prepared to support all initiatives that will lead to increased airlift to Dominica, including the reorganization of LIAT lead by the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda.”
Prime Minister Skerrit also boasts of Dominica’s tourism product touting it to become a major economic pillar.
“Mr. Speaker, Dominica has some of the most unique and diverse offerings in the Caribbean. We are consistently ranked by many international tour operators, travel writers and media houses as one of the top ten destinations to visit. Dominica’s tourism product has the potential to become one of the main economic pillars of a resilient Dynamic Dominica.”
To ramp up and refocus the government’s marketing efforts, Skerrit says the marketing budget has been increased to $13 million.
“The necessary budgetary allocation has been provided to the relevant Ministries to effect product upgrades to the island’s top ten most visited sites, as well as the capital required for the commencement of works on the vendors arcade at Wotten Waven,” Dominica’s Prime Minister noted.