Discover Dominica Authority, DASPA and the Ministry of Tourism formed part of the Dominica delegation to the 18th Annual FCCA Conference and Trade Show held in Puerto Rico Oct 2-7, 2011.

At that conference, Dominica’s Minister of Tourism Ian Douglas presented Dominica’s key off-season developments and improvements to the Cruise executives at a Ministers of Tourism and Cruise Line Executive meeting.

Douglas detailed the Government’s work in improving the road networks, more specifically the roads leading to Trafalgar and to Laudat, the location of many of Dominica’s natural attractions, the west coast road and the road to the Melville Hall Airport which is the roadway used to the Emerald Pool.

The Minister discussed port improvements to the fendering system, as well as two key water projects; the filtration system at  Antrim which will help with resolving turbidity issues for cruise vessels taking water from Dominica, and the 500,000 gallon reserve tank being constructed at Morne Bruce which will impact the volume and pressure of water when cruise lines are being supplied.

The Minister also discussed the Government’s intention to establish Trafalgar Falls as a premium site, as well as amendments to the Tourism Standards and Regulations Act.

All of these changes were well received by the cruise line executives.