DHTA ‘shocked’ by robbery of Australians

One of the men was robbed last Saturday night
One of the men was robbed last Saturday night

The Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association (DHTA) is shocked and deeply concerned to hear of the recent robbery and mugging against persons associated with the visiting Australian cricket team.

We wish to offer our deepest apology to the affected visitors. Dominica is known as one of the safest islands in the Caribbean and this incident reflects terribly on everything we do to take care of our visitors and keep Dominica safe.

We hope the visitors’ experience of Dominica’s natural beauty and friendly people has left a stronger impression of our island than this unfortunate incident.

We condemn any and all crimes against our visitors and our residents. Dominica’s visitors are Dominica’s customers. They travel far and pay a lot to come here and enjoy our beautiful island. They stay in our hotels, eat at our restaurants, purchase from our vendors, use the services of our taxi drivers and tour guides and visit our shops. Their money puts food on our tables and is a key driver of our economy. A crime against a visitor is a crime against our country and our people.

Furthermore, any crime against a visitor may end up in the international press – as this one has – and can have devastating and far-reaching effects on future visitors deciding whether or not to come here.

DHTA will lend its full support to law enforcement and expects the perpetrators to be brought to justice.

The DHTA also calls on the public to assist the police with the ongoing investigations.

Anyone with information on the incident should report it to the police or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIPS [8477].

The call to Crime Stoppers is free, safe, secure.

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9 Comments

  1. J.John-Charles
    June 10, 2015

    My wife is an R.N. who works at a hospital in N.J. When some doctors, patients even some of the nurses who have been to Dominica, hear she is from the island .They are all elated and speaks so well of DA and how the people are so friendly.
    It is so sad to hear that there are a few who want to spoil this good report.

  2. The Real Facts
    June 9, 2015

    What made these attacks and robberies a shock and worst is, their victims are Australians who participated in the Australia and Windies Cricket Match. It was also like a kind of vacation for them. Their first visit; they love D/ca, its beauty, find the people friendly, welcoming and no doubt hope to return someday and this happened to them. Is that the type of send-off which they should have received?
    Do you expect them to return? Others will be informed and they will not have the urge to visit. Who is the loser? Dominica of course!
    The attacks and robberies, stealing their valuable documents and cash will obviously be broadcasted worldwide, giving Dominica a bad name.
    News travel quickly especially bad news. What affects D/ca affects nationals as well; even those who reside abroad. We will always meet someone or a few people who will make the statement to us about the Australians being attacked and robbed in our country. Consider how we will feel.

  3. AG
    June 9, 2015

    Hypocrites Roseau looking like a ghetto full of Paros, rubbish by sidewalk, so much young men unemployed and you shocked :-|

  4. %
    June 9, 2015

    Does the country have police officers? Are they stationed at Salisbury? One can hardly find police patrols in Roseau at nights.I am ashamed,but not surprised that the three Australianas were mugged.

    • anonymous2
      June 9, 2015

      Anyone who lives here or even visits on a regular basis can count on being robbed or stolen from at one point. This is a sad state of affairs.

  5. UserName
    June 9, 2015

    shock cannot be appropriate but saddened would have been more fitting.

  6. Duncekyat
    June 9, 2015

    I am “shocked” that DHTA is shocked that criminals have robbed and mugged someone in DA. Really!! Because that NEVER happens in DA??!! That level of hypocrisy ought to be an indictable offence! But then again, the courts would just release them and tell them to go and sin no more, just like they tell all other criminals.

  7. Bella
    June 9, 2015

    Man help the Police apprehend those people please!

    • anonymous2
      June 9, 2015

      Just because you catch them, it doesn’t mean that justice will be done.

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