The government of Dominica is to place focus on the yachting sector, since it is believed it has potential for economic growth in Dominica.
Yachting is one of the sectors that will allow persons to come to Dominica and enjoy all of the beauty and culture the country has to offer, officials say.
“It is very clear that there is still huge potential for yachting in our region, and it is potential that is still yet to be maximized,” OECS Ambassador to Brussels – H.E. Dr. Len Ishmael told a press conference last week. “It is very important to understand where we are as a region in terms of what we look like for an attractive destination.”
According to her the region require a lot more in terms of marketing to attract serious investments in yachting.
“From the USVI all the way down to Trinidad and Tobago, we have a little less than 7,000 berths only compare to Turkey, which in two or three marinas will have more than 7,000,” Ishmael noted. “It says therefore something which for me is compelling, simply put that we are massively underinvested and given all of the comparative advantage that we have we are ripe for investment, much more investment in the region.”
Ambassador Ishmael pointed out that Dominica has many things which no other island has which is good for the yachting industry.
“Dominica is the nature island, it is the Creole hub for our part of the world, it has everything that people in Martinique and Guadeloupe want,” she noted. “What you have there is exactly what people want to experience and so we have to find ways in Dominica of making sure that people can come, there are services and infrastructure and we have services and infrastructure that allow people to be able to access the land from their boats and to be able to spend and contribute to our development here in Dominica.”
Meantime Minister for Tourism and Urban Renewal, Robert Tonge, said yachting is an important sector because when yacht visitors come to the island they tend to spend more time.
He mentioned that a study was done to show the potential opportunities of the sector.
“We are to do our best to utilize on this, especially as it relates to community tourism…that is a great opportunity for us to showcase what we have to offer,” he said.