Denise Charles: new protocols are a step towards full reopening of tourism sector

Denise Charles Minister for Tourism, Transport and Maritime initiatives

Tourism Minister, Denise Charles has said the new Covid-19 protocols will allow Dominica to ease towards full reopening of its tourism sector.

The new protocols officially came into effect on Wednesday 7th July 2021.

According to her, Dominica has reached a comfortable balance between tourism and health as vaccinated travelers will no longer have to quarantine once medically cleared at the airport.

“We are in tune with the many persons whose livelihood depends on tourism and these new protocols will allow us to ease towards full reopening and certainly make our visitors more relaxed and safe in our nature,” she said.

Charles indicated that the Safe In Nature (SiN) managing experience has been the main mechanism through which tourism has been able to survive and slowly rebound during this Pandemic.

However, she indicated that these advances have not been without challenges.

She revealed that Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) is preparing to launch an exciting new campaign ‘My Dominica Bucket’s List’ and a ‘Nature Island Fitness Challenge’.

Charles stated that the government continues to look for new access opportunities which facilitate direct or one stop routes to Dominica, “and we share in the progress of our fellow island nations as they are able to progress from high risk classification to low risk.”

“Meaning, no quarantine,” she noted.

Charles mentioned the critical hubs for access to major source markets, Antigua and Barbados have been able to do so in recent times and we applaud their effort in that regard.”

“So Antigua and Barbados are now in the low risk category,” she indicated.

Charles went on to say that Caribbean Airlines had recently announced direct flights to Trinidad to Dominica and resumption of the Dominica/Barbados New York route from July 17th.

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11 Comments

  1. GOOD NEWS
    July 12, 2021

    It’s good news to hear that Dominica is gradually reopening. It’s time, I need to emigrate to go make some money :wink: :wink: :wink:

    And yes I welcome the visitors who choose Dominica. It’s a gem not to be compared. It’s just too beautiful. Lovely Dominica

    • Trish
      July 14, 2021

      I’ll be right behind you. This country with Skerrit as PM and all these clowns as Ministers has no future. Only corruption and crime we get from Mister. I had enough! I’m done.

  2. If we knew better
    July 12, 2021

    There is no vaccine for children below 12. Will they be allowed to not be vaccinated?

  3. How about the parrots
    July 12, 2021

    Tourism can only come when the rest of the world travels freely, which WILL take a while. You can’t force it, you are NOT a tourist destination! Europe and U.S will make sure their people do staycation or tax your destination heavily. Meanwhile, invest in, and emphasize AGRICULTURE to feed the region and get the majority of you people who do not desire to move to the hotel/tourist areas back to work (not just throw another $60mil world bank loan at it). The hoteliers will take a heavy loss but the majority of your people will be agriculture entrepreneurs again. Your choice. A win win for all !

  4. Melinda
    July 10, 2021

    I think this protocol is not reasonable. Denise says you can travel if you are fully vaccinated, and if you are tested. With that she excludes whole groups in different countries who consciously do not want to take the vaccination. If you want more tourists, this way won’t work. As several virologists and people who specialize in this area have said. That you can still get covid despite you have the vaccination. And you can also distributie it. So I don’t get her point. Dominica has had very few cases of people who have it, and people who have recovered well. Compered to other countries. The vaccination is still in an experimental phase. And people do not know what the consequences can be on your body or how your body reacts to it. I’m not a mouse! If something happens there is nowhere to go. Not the phamaceautical companies. I think it is a shame that Dominica excludes people from coming on a holiday in this way. They are even stricter than any other country’s in the world.

  5. Paradise Gone Wrong
    July 9, 2021

    If one listens to this little ‘Propaganda Maschine’ one could be excused for thinking Dominica actually had a thriving tourist industry pre covid. In her case it has to be said, nothing more dangerous than a corrupt person totally blinded by greed.

  6. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    July 9, 2021

    Playing with words talking crap about changing nothing, and protocols don’t mean squat to people fluent and educated in the  English language and grammar. 
    The chain smoker talk about change of some protocol, you with your scalp covered with some artificial rope making belief it is natural hair, jump on the band wagon talking about protocols too. 
    There is nothing special or technical, mystical, or mythical about the term protocol. 

    To you the term might be a myth in a bottle; so when you think protocol is like saying shazam; and your wish comes to reality. 

    Protocol simply means the official procedure or system of rules governing affairs of state or diplomatic occasions; such as the original draft of a diplomatic document, especially of the terms of a treaty agreed to in conference and signed by the parties.
    Secondly; protocol implies or forbids someone from making any public statement in his or her defense; so you see how easy it is to screw up yourself with the English…

    • Brisbane
      July 12, 2021

      It’s been a while since I actually read one of your rants. I’m now convinced that someone spiked your geritol this time. :-x

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        July 12, 2021

        You see I had to prove to your uncle and father that my name is Telemaque, and people don’t screw with us, because big as they think they are “Telemaque” whoever we are or where are we are capable of taking care of ourselves.
        I never held a gurged for getting fired, because if they had not fired me, I might still be in Brisbane employment, his son Max probable would me my boss in my old age you see,; but firing me gave me the opportunity to create my own business, become a millionaire in every respect of the word.

        The last time I went to Antigua I saw where they expand on the business, Max did a very good job, unlike his father Charles he is ambitious, as he told me “we simply had to go to the Bank. ”
        So, that is what you get when you trouble people whom you do not know you and your family history

        I know the old father from St. Vincent, I can tell you something that happened in me late cousin Restaurant in Antigua and what he did, but some things are better left alone.

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        July 12, 2021

        ” someone spiked your geritol this time. :-x”

        Someone spike me what?

        Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahah!

        You humor me; I only figure it out when I read it a second time

        • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
          July 13, 2021

          Yes, Admin, you seem to have censored the other comments I wrote to Mr/Miss Brisbane, you can be assured everything I wrote is true, there can be no liability of a lawsuit.

          My comments are not an unfounded allegation, it happened to me, so in the event, anybody would be sued it would be yours truly, who can prove everything I said with a letter I have from more than fifty years ago written to me telling me of my firing while I was in Dominica.

          My life has been a history book from the time I was a kid, thus the Brisbane sagas in my life is also documented, and will be read in my book!

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