Air access to Dominica has for a while been identified as a problem but access to the island by sea must also be examined, Tourism Director Colin Piper has said.
Speaking on a DBS radio program on Monday, Piper noted that even by ferry, there is a lack of access. Ferries are forced to fit more trips into their daytime schedule as they have reported that Caribbean customers generally prefer not to travel at night, according to Piper.
“We’ve spoken to the ferry about that, but they’ve mentioned that Caribbean people don’t like to travel at night on the ferry. They’ve done their research,” he said.
Over 30 percent of people come to Dominica by ferry, he disclosed.
Tourism officials have spoken of limitations in visitor arrivals to Dominica because of high costs and availability of flights. Officials here have agreed that easier access into Dominica will have considerable positive effects on the tourism industry and the island’s economy.
Piper said close attention must be given to both air and sea access.