Dominica has been named as the fourth least visited country in the Caribbean, according statistics from the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO).
Most of the islands that made up the list are smaller territories which represent just seven percent of the stay-over visitors to the region.
According to latest statistics from the CTO, Dominica recorded 78,277 stay-over arrivals or 0.40 percent of the total Caribbean arrivals.
The least visited country is Monsterrat with 7,202 or 0.04 percent of Caribbean stay-over tourists.
The highest number of stay-over arrivals in Dominica occurred in 2006 when 84,000 visitors came to the island.
It dropped to as low as 73,000 in 2011, according to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
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 tourism summit here in 2013 said Dominica must increase its stay-over visitors to 90,000 by 2015 if it is to remain sustainable in the tourism industry.
The Discover Dominica Authority has set a goal for achieving that number of stay-overs by 2015. To reach the goal the island must increase its rate of stay-overs by seven percent per year.
It has been described as “very tough” by director of tourism, Colin Piper.
Below is the full list of least visited Caribbean countries.
1. Monterrat: 7,202
2. Anguilla: 69,068
3. St. Vincent & The Grenadines: 71,725
4. Dominica: 78,277
5. St. Kitts & Nevis: 100,997
6. Grenada: 116,456
7. Guyana: 165,841
8. Bermuda: 236,343
9. Antigua & Barbuda: 243,932
10. Suriname: 249,102
The most visited country in the Caribbean is the Dominican Republic with a total of 4.6-million stay overs. Cuba is in second place with 2.8-million visitors, followed by Jamaica with just over 2-million.
All the countries who made the most visited list are larger territories which, over many decades, invested heavily in their tourism infrastructure.