Dominica’s Health and Wellness Industry is expected to benefit from efforts being undertaken locally and regionally to develop, promote and organize this industry.
Dominica Coalition of Service Industries, National Export Council Secretariat, Discover Dominica Authority and Caribbean Spa and Wellness Association (C-SWA), will host a Health and Wellness Consultation on Tuesday July 24, 2012.
The objectives of the consultation are to present the findings of a National Assessment and Regional Strategy, discuss draft standards for the Industry, enhance the structure of the Industry and facilitate Advanced Massage Therapy training.
Representatives of the C-SWA and the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export), key individuals representing Government Ministries, as well as public and private sector agencies, are meeting on Monday in advance of Tuesday’s consultation, to define and discuss their respective roles in the implementation of the Health and Wellness Strategy when it is approved.
Preparation for implementation of the Health and Wellness Strategy started in July 2011, with a stakeholder meeting to sensitize industry players of the need for a comprehensive Strategy for promotion of the Health and Wellness Sector regionally and nationally.
Locally, the process also included industry consultations and assessments by two health and wellness experts from UWI and the European Spa Association (ESPA).
The regional sector marketing strategy and industry standards were then developed in accordance with feedback obtained as a result of extensive industry consultations in each Caribbean island, inclusive of Dominica.
A National Baseline Assessment of the Health and Wellness industry conducted by the National Export Council Secretariat (NECS) with the assistance of the Dominica Coalition of Service Industries (DCSI) and the Discover Dominica Authority (DDA, was completed in May.
It was then decided that a consultation would be the appropriate next step to present and discuss the findings and recommendations of these important assessments of the Health and Wellness industry which according to industry officials, plays a very important role in bringing visitors to our shores and increasing our export earning capacity and potential.
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