Dominica has been listed among the 25 least visited countries on earth by media and travel website garfors.com.
The list was compiled using data from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), newspapers and independent travel reports and uses stay over visits as the basis for its ranking.
Dominica was listed at number 25.
Data from the Discover Dominica Authority has also revealed that the island does not have a large volume of visitors, with only 78,955 stay overs coming in 2012.
The highest number of stay over arrivals occurred in 2006 when 84,000 came to the island.
It dropped to as low as 73,000 in 2011, according to the UNWTO.
So what is are the reasons for such a low rate of visitors to Dominica?
Garfors.com pointed to two glaring reasons. “The island nation is rather small without too many tourist facilities,” the site pointed out.
The second reason is the lack of proper air access. “The only commercial airport cannot handle big aircraft, so the nation is served by propellor planes only,” the site stated.
But according to Garfors.com Dominica is worth visiting because of the rain forest which “provides refuge for a great number of birds and animals. And the rural feel of the island nation makes it feel anything but touristy, exactly what you may be looking for.”
The low volume of visitors to Dominica is an issue that has not escaped the attention of the local travel industry. Consultants who attended a recently held tourism summit here said Dominica must increase its stay over visitors to 90,000 by 2015 if it is to remain sustainable in the tourism industry.
“Collectively, destination Dominica needs to be moving in one direction and that direction is for 90,000 stay over visitors by 2015. That requires us to grow by 7 percent per year, which is a tough target…” Director of Tourism, Colin Piper, said,
Other least visited countries on the list include Chad, Sierra Leone, Marshall Islands, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, North Korea and Libya.