Property Certification a major concern for the Ministry of Tourism

first_img Share LocalNews Property Certification a major concern for the Ministry of Tourism by: – October 18, 2011 14 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share Hon. Ian DouglasLow rates in the number of certified properties on the island is a major concern for the Ministry of Tourism; an issue they believe detain improvements in stay-over accomodation for visitors.On Monday, Minister of Tourism and Legal Affairs. Honorable Ian Douglas announced that the government is currently supporting Discover Dominica Authority to ensure that all properties involved in the country’s’ tourism sector are certified as part of a broader tourism development plan.He says while the Ministry is saddened by the slow certification process , especially in an industry that contributes so significantly to the country’s economy, they remain optimistic.“The DDA has been working tirelessly to ensure that all our accomodation properties are compliant with internationally recognized standards, by the implementation of the certification programme under the Tourism Standards and Regulations Act of 2007. However, to date only approximately twenty seven percent (27%) are certified under the said Act. We need the support of the DHTA to bring this figures up to at least sixty percent (60%). I am aware of some of the challenges; however if two organizations work collaboratively on this programme, I am confident that the numbers of certified properties will increase”.Another initiative that the government has adopted is the launching of a ‘Premium Site’ at the Trafalgar Falls which will seek to attract cruise line passengers to the destination.“The Premium Site concept will ensure that the organized tours from the cruise ships are given exclusive visits to the Trafalgar Falls site between 7am and 2pm on cruise ship days. This has been welcomed by the cruise lines since this measure provides greater business for the organized tours from the ships to this site. The Ministry will work to ensure that the Trafalgar Falls site is upgraded and maintained at a high standard for this purpose”.Other niche markets being targed by the Ministry of Tourism includes Health and Wellness, Weddings and Honeymoons, Hiking and Community Tourism.In 2010, tourism brought in approximately EC$243 million to Dominica’s economy.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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