Construction work on a new Tourism Resource Center costing $400, 000 for the Layou community has commenced.
The project, which is being funded under the Tourism Sector Development Programme under the European Union’s Special Framework of Assistance (SFA) 2006, and the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica, was officially launched on Wednesday.
Tourism Minister Ian Douglas told residents that Layou has the potential to become one of the best tourism destinations in Dominica.
“You have the great potential for boating, yachting, kayaking, swimming and tubing on the river into the sea. This community could be taken to the next level,” he said.
According to Douglas, while the reception center will serve its purpose and cater food vending units; two drinks and fruit vending units, two craft vending units, washrooms and change room facilities, it could also be used as a way promote the community.
The tourism reception centre will also serve as the main administrative hub for the Layou Improvement Committee, and will aid in promoting the culinary and cultural aspects of the community.
The facility will be used as a base for dispatching tours to attractions in the Layou area.
Meantime Parliamentary Representative for Layou Kelver Darroux has encouraged residents to take proper care of their facility.
“You need to ensure that the facility is well protected, it is kept clean, that no one vandalize the facility and you have to make it your priority to police the facility,” he said.
The project is expected to be completed in October. Darroux has encouraged the villagers to maintain the reception centre as is done with the one in Mero.
“Villagers of Mero ensure they place garbage bins at the beach and it is kept clean every day. We should never take for granted our role in ensuring the upkeep of this project” he said.
He requested that the facility be kept crime free.
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