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Any country that depends heavily on any form of tourism for the survival of its economy must know that it has to stay particularly alert and make every possible effort to ensure that its product is a versatile, solid and SAFE ONE.

Along with all of this, they would want to always ensure that visitors to the country are made to feel very welcome and very safe at all times.

There are some countries, however, that continue to have their tourism product tested, sometimes by natural disasters, but quite often these industries are threatened by indiscriminate acts of violence against visitors by the very citizens and residents of the country who are dependent on the visitors for their livelihood.

There are some tourism destinations that make a concerted effort to ensure that bad news related to the visitors’ experiences are kept very low-keyed. I’m not expecting the Newspapers and the Media houses to abandon their responsibility to carry the news as it happens, but there must be some type of understanding – where the lines need to be drawn. Every Dominican should making a constant effort to protect, to enforce, to do damage control so that the tourism product can continue to do well.

Tourism officials need to make it their business to make sure they find a way to let visitors that the very same things that happen in their neighbourhoods at home can happen everywhere else in the world and that they need to be aware of their surroundings at all times. We can’t wait until something bad happens to start educating visitors, by then it would be too late…much too late to save our fragile tourism industry.

There must be consistent tourism programmes aimed at getting the people to understand they need to try and preserve the industry, and that everyone has a role to play in ensuring all visitors to the Dominica are made to feel very welcome and very safe at all times, whether it is cruise or stay-over visitors.

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Leaders from around the Organisation of East Caribbean States (OECS) was recently in St. Kitts/Nevis to officially append their signatures to documents intended to transform the OECS into an Economic Union in the effort to deepen integration between the participating countries, and has the potential to bring together a group of very small countries.

Advertised as the financial saviour of the OECS, especially now, when countries like ours need to come up with creative ideas to keep their economies afloat.

The Union presents an opportunity to pool resources as far as the best financial minds and a way forward in these Unfathomable Times. This a great opportunity presented for an exchange of data and other information leading to the transformation of the islands as a unit and as individual territories as well.

But why get involved in any situation when one stands to lose much more than it can gain? Our leaders believe they have to preserve what maintains in the OECS, in their wisdom, sought to determine that is best for the people, and we must give them every opportunity to try and make the union work for once it does, the benefits will certainly be felt here in Dominica and in the wider Caribbean.

What are your thoughts on the newly established OECS Economic Union? Let us know in the comments.

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Christmas Day has been officially over for days now, but of course, there are many who will continue to enjoy the holidays , while there are those others suggesting that the holidays should be put behind us as quickly as possible so as to get down to the business.

The intention would be to ensure some of the problems and concerns do not travel too far with us into the New Year and that we can make 2010 a very special year in the development of our nature island.

But with the recent attempt to blow a plane full of people out of the sky, allegedly by someone with links to terrorism, helps us to understand that even outside of our domestic concerns related to poor economies and crime, there are simply some unfathomable things carrying on around us and which will eventually affect the way we choose to go about our daily lives.

The fact of the matter is that the world has indeed become very small and people from all of its parts can easily set up interests, just about anywhere, and everybody’s agenda is carried out with very little consideration for what they might consider “the collateral damage”.

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