Dominica ready for the 2011/12 cruise ship season says tourism minister

first_img 12 Views   no discussions LocalNews Dominica ready for the 2011/12 cruise ship season says tourism minister by: – October 4, 2011 Tweet Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Tourism Minister Hon. Ian Douglas.Tourism Minister Ian Douglas has given the assurance that the nature island is fully prepared for the 2011/2012 cruise ship season which officially commenced yesterday.Douglas said during an exclusive interview with Dominica Vibes that there will be several other additional features this season.He said the public needs to be conscious especially when the cruise ships are in port.“We have spent the offseason looking at the entire product, from the state of the sites; there will be a couple of new features this season. We have been working closely with the police to ensure that the whole bay front experience will be enhanced. You have heard about the idea of Trafalgar being a premium sites and we want to make it exclusive to the passengers who purchase their tours from the ship. This is not to say that the private tour operators will be disenfranchised…” he said.Douglas said the entire ambiance on the Roseau Bay Front will be enhanced.“We have been talking to the vendors to look at all the systems that can enhance the quality of the experience of the destination. We just ask everyone in Dominica to be conscious especially when the ship is in port” he said.The tourism minister is also calling on residents to prevent partaking in any activity that could be to the detriment of the destination.“I’m talking about noise, liter, the vagrants, the hustling from private taxi operators, the hair braiders and the vendors. I want everyone to understand that it’s a service that we are offering and we should offer it in the best way that we can.Tourism is competitive business and not only are we are seeing competition from within the region from the other islands that offer themselves as a cruise destination but even further afield in the world today,” he added.According to Douglas, ports and destinations which were not traditionally known as cruise destinations are now getting into the business.“Ports and destinations which were not traditionally known as cruise destinations are now getting into the cruise business in Russia, in the Middle East, China even in the winter season when it is snowing in Europe you have cruising taking place there now and what the cruise executives are saying is that those destinations are proving to be cheaper than the Caribbean so we have to look at that and see how we can tweak the product to continue to remain more competitive not only on a global level but when we zero the cruise business down to Dominica itself, all of us must bear in mind that we must be as competitive as possible,” he said.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img

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