Dominica pushes nature product, works to improve air access

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St. Kitts – Dominica is pushing its nature and ecological tourism product as it looks to improve air access to the country, according Colin Piper, Dominica’s Director of Tourism.

Piper was speaking at a briefing during the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s State of the Industry conference in St Kitts this week.

Dominica received approximately 75,000 stayover visitors in 2011, according to Piper, along with between 250,000 and 300,000 cruise passengers.

The country’s all-time highs were were about 84,000 and 530,000, respectively.

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13 Comments

  1. Peace
    October 17, 2012

    Dominica needs a Jet-strip to accommodate larger Aircraft.

  2. Peace
    October 17, 2012

    it can happen but in aviation business, Dominica is a very funny place. Due to heavy rains and other weather phenomenon flights are restriced and have to wait in antigua .

  3. Joeblo
    October 14, 2012

    Is Mr Piper the Minister of Tourism? Where is the Minister? What about “Night Landing”? Have we abandoned it? Was it an exercise in futility?

    • MAC
      October 15, 2012

      My dear Joeblo let me tell you, Dominica cannot, I repeat, Cannot have night landing for passanger aircraft, past the time they are landing at present
      Aviation insurance will not insurance an airport for night landing of commercial passanger aircraft without two way landing, and two way take off, at the moment there is only oneway take off, for those waiting keep waiting and see. for me personally would rather over night that land at night in Dominica [if} got forbid something happens when the plain is landing from the sea, there is no way it can clear the mountains

  4. October 14, 2012

    As it looks to improve air access to the country, my foot. Will Piper, Skerrit and Ian Douglas use those same jets they hired during the 2010 elections. There are lots of Dummy-in-a-can that are stuck in Florida and New York and they really need to be air lifted to DA.

  5. Konspiracy
    October 13, 2012

    Yes Piper…once again…but nothing will happen…you too like trouble…talk you does talk like Pappy

  6. DA MAN
    October 13, 2012

    Two Key Words: International Airport

  7. doc
    October 13, 2012

    if wishes were horses beggars would ride

  8. Great news for DA
    October 13, 2012

    And for all the europeans that want to use Paris (Germans, Dutch, French, Belgian). the same

    10:45 am → 1:20 pm ORY-PTP S M – W T F S Air Caraibes 540
    12:00 pm → 2:15 pm ORY-PTP S M T W T F S Air France 3520
    12:15 pm → 3:15 pm ORY-PTP S – T W T F S Corsairfly 926
    3:20 pm → 5:45 pm ORY-PTP – – – – – – S Air France 3504

  9. Great news for DA
    October 13, 2012

    What is going on? They are finally seeing sense? wow.

    Great news.

    What I am talking about is the use of air access via the near islands that have international airports … we sort of ‘borrrowing’ them for our visitors. GREAT.

    If WE are paying those airlines to fly (or a precentage … it’s the only way they will come) then we MUST demand that those flights come in the afternoon after the international ones land. Overnight stays in Antigue, San Juan etc is what is putting off our OWN visitors.

    If that does not happen we are wasting our resources.

    Fly in from London and arrive at 1pm and after

    9:35 am → 1:10 pm LGW-ANU – – – – – – S Virgin Atlantic 33

    10:40 am → 2:05 pm LGW-ANU S M T W T F S British Airways 2157

    So no point in us paying for an airline to fly in the morning eh?

    If the afternoon flights happen I will be a big fan of Colin Piper. Make it happen Mr Piper.

  10. Nathaniel Peltier
    October 13, 2012

    Interesting to see that the German market is actually being mentioned now. Germany is the biggest generater of tourism but yet still we are marketing extensively in other places and not in Germany. 4 years ago I wrote an article about this market as it relates to there environmental interest but it fell on blind eyes.

    With regards to access to Dominica. I would really like the authority to give real reason why one cannot come to Dominica in one day.

    If in our best times we could get in more than 80 thousand stay overs. What has changed so dramatically with the access.

    The authority seems to be making excuses while they fail to get to the root of the problem.

  11. Anthony P. Ismael
    October 13, 2012

    The total number of stay-over tourist needs to be increased two-fold. That number is a drop in the bucket compared to some of our neighbors.

  12. WOW
    October 12, 2012

    I can only say WOW how sorry I am to see the state in which our Tourism has deteriorated… Things can only get better but with these people at the helm we will have to wait a very long time. :wink:

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