The Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association (DHTA) has expressed optimism that its recommendations to combat violent crime especially against tourists visiting the island, will be taken up by the authorities and implemented.
The association’s Public Relations Officer Simon Walsh in his remarks at the DHTA Bi-annual Meeting on Thursday evening made reference to what he described as the rapidly increasing crime rate against both tourists and locals.
According to the association spokesman, the DHTA spends thousands of dollars to ensure that the tourist has a positive experience and is therefore very concerned about the targeting of visitors to the island by some criminal elements.
Walsh said the DHTA was dialoguing with top government officials including the Prime Minister, Minister for National Security, the Attorney General and The Commissioner of Police in an attempt to foster a joint collaborative effort against attacks on tourists.
While not elaborating on the recommendations made to government, Walsh said some of the proposals were aimed at helping deal with crime and the long term issues which fuel such crime.
The DHTA message is that crime affects everybody not only persons in the tourism industry, but also in other industries such as agriculture and normal everyday living.
However Walsh says the tourism sector is taking particular interest in the situation because the crime rate has increased so drastically especially against tourists.
He doesn’t want affected, the tourism product which is sold to the visitors and tourists including hiking, whale watching and sight-seeing.
He is urging individual communities to play a significant role in ensuring that their community is crime free.