The Dominica government has confirmed that it regards the Roman Catholic Cathedral in the capital, Roseau, as a major tourist attraction.
That church’s status as a site that pulls in cruise passengers and other tourists in the Roseau area, was emphasized in parliament recently by Roseau Central parliamentarian Norris Prevost.
The opposition MP at the time made an appeal for government to provide financial help to the Cathedral’s restoration efforts being undertaken by the Diocese of Roseau.
Prevost told parliament that while the project would cost some EC$8 million, there was a shortfall of $3 million that the government could provide.
His appeal was supported in parliament by Tourism Minister Ian Douglas, who has again been emphasizing the significance of the cathedral to Dominican tourism.
“It is a major tourist attraction for us, especially for the short tours, tours that stay within Roseau,” the minister told a news conference.
“The cathedral has always been a major aspect of our tourism offerings in the capital, and it is our hope that it continues to be. It’s part of our heritage, we are proud of it and we are happy to be able to offer it to our visitors,” Douglas explained.
He said it was on that basis that his ministry endorses the “government’s assistance of whatever grant or fund that they will make available to the roof rebuilding effort of the cathedral”.
Church officials have said that while the initial project was intended to have focused on the building’s roof, they have since discovered that the required work is a lot more extensive.
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