Newly re-elected President of the Dominica Community Toursim Association Inc (DCTAI) which seeks to spotlight and develop group-primarily based websites that can be utilized to draw native and abroad-primarily based guests to villages across the nation, says the COVID-19 pandemic has taught the affiliation some beneficial classes.
Josephine Dublin-Prince was formally reappointed into the place on the associations fifth Annual General Meeting (AGM) held just lately beneath the theme ‘Strengthening Community Tourism Through This Global Pandemic.’
“There is an opportunity now that COVID has presented to us. It has forced us to look within. COVID has forced us to be innovative and creative. It has also forced us to know more about utilization of our technology and we need to take advantage of that,” she stated.
Dublin-Prince famous that on the island we do have the human useful resource and the pure property to advance the sector, subsequently the onus is on all residents to capitalize on such assets.
She confused that as one the key financial pillars for group improvement, group tourism have to be taken critically.
“The whole concept of community tourism is not just an individual thing, it consists of stimulating the community to do for itself. It consists of actually having the community to hone its own development,” Dublin-Prince remarked. “The whole issue of community development and community tourism is about the environment.”
She additional confused to the membership that adhering to the tourism grasp plan will see advantages for group-primarily based Tourism and likewise highlighted the latest revision of the DCTAI technique to keep away from diversion.
Commending the affiliation for their ten years of service, Minister for Tourism Denise Charles reaffirmed the federal government’s dedication to helping the event of group tourism.
She cited robust group teams as key to shifting the sector ahead.
“There are currently several community-based tourism projects in various stages of completion, the cold Soufriere washroom and reception facility, OPEC bay facility, Sulfur river tours, Khana heritage site, Layou washroom facility, Bense tourism and reception centre, Castle Bruce beach development, Indian river trail enhancement are just a few examples of government-financed projects recently completed or ongoing,” Charles acknowledged.
The minister known as on the citizenry to stay targeted as she is of the view that every one energies have to be channeled in direction of constructing stronger group teams, particularly throughout this international pandemic.
The DCTAI goals to collaborate with and allow teams and organizations to develop sustainable tourism services and products which can be distinctive, marketable and experimental in protecting with the nationwide tourism coverage and thrust.