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ROSEAU, Dominica: Dominica’s Director of Tourism, Sharon Pascal, has disclosed that the 160 cruise calls during the cruise season 2005/06 represent a decline from the 299 cruise calls during the 2004/05 season.

At a recent news conference, Mrs Pascal said that decrease occurred because more cruise ships went out of the Caribbean region.“The drop in the calendar year 2005 as compared to 2004 is a result of the schedules of the cruise ships. The schedules are developed three years in advance, so we saw movement out of the Caribbean with some of the cruise ships,�? Mrs Pascal said.

Although she noted that there were concerns from the ships with regard to the numbers of organised tours within the region, she said that there have been a number of improvements within the private sector to create new and creative tour packages for visitors to the island.

“We have seen some creativity on the part of our tour operators, constantly trying to respond and offering something new, going beyond just the basic tour to a site, where they are combining an experience to our visitors and we have seen an increase in that: an increase in terms of the number of tours being sold to the cruise lines.

“We have seen that many persons are beginning to use the internet and we also have some of our tour operators who are being very creative in their own form of marketing.

“So there are complaints in the drop in terms of the organised tours, but we’ve seen additional creative tours being prepared by our tour operators,�? Mrs Pascal said.

She highlighted new dive and snorkelling operators, and also tours on the Fresh Water Lake

by Malaika Laurent
Caribbean Net News Dominica Correspondent
Email:
malaika@caribbeannetnews.com

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