Following the passage of Tropical Storm Erika, the Dominica Hotel & Tourism Association (DHTA) is able to confirm through direct contact with its members and affiliates that the majority of Dominica’s accommodation and tourism service providers are operational (see list below updated as at September 7, 2016).
“While preliminary estimates of property damage to the tourism private sector are in the tens of millions, we are confident of the sector’s resilience and ability to bounce back,” remarks Gregor Nassief, DHTA President. “One by one, as we get back on our feet, our focus must be on restoring visitor confidence in the island, and ensuring the best possible visitor experience under the circumstances. A rapid rebound of our tourism sector will give a much needed boost to our island’s economic recovery.”
With the tourism high season just around the corner, the DHTA encourages accommodation and tourism service providers to adjust their product offerings to Dominica’s current reality without diminishing the visitor experience. In some cases, the visitor experience may incorporate a level of volunteerism in order to actively engage visitors to the island in contributing to Dominica’s recovery.
“We must send a message to confirmed and potential visitors that is both positive and realistic,” remarks Stephanie Astaphan, DHTA Executive Vice President. “There will be challenges while we work to rebuild, but in return, Dominica will offer its transformative ‘nature island’ experience further enriched by a country and community united in their efforts to rebound.”
We further encourage all owners and operators of tourism enterprises to reach out to their travel trade networks and to share their individual status and operating capacity as well as an update on the communities, natural sites and attractions of interest to their clientele.
“The Association and its members will continue our individual and collective outreach, and pledge our support wherever possible to the national rebuilding and recovery efforts,” adds Ms. Astaphan.
The DHTA recognizes and applauds the work of the Government and related infrastructure and utility service providers on the rapid advance in reestablishing air and road access as well as water, electricity and telecommunications to most areas of the country.
The DHTA also commends our regional travel partners for their rapid response in establishing alternative routes and services to facilitate travel into and out of Dominica. While Douglas-Charles Airport (formerly Melville Hall) works towards restoring commercial operations, frequent and convenient air and sea access options are available through the Canefield Airport (DCF) and all major seaports, thereby connecting Dominica to our regional hubs in Guadeloupe, Martinique, St Lucia, Antigua, St. Maarten and Puerto Rico.
For a full report on operative tourism enterprises and travel options, contact the DHTA Office on 17 Castle Street, Roseau, Dominica via telephone (767) 440-3430/616-1055, email [email protected], or check our Facebook page www.facebook.com/DHTADominica for regular updates.
The Dominica Hotel & Tourism Association is a non-profit organization providing centralized and innovative information, advocacy, and leadership for the tourism industry in Dominica.
List of Operating Accommodation and Tourism Service Providers (more…)