Tourism Minister Ian Douglas is encouraging local hoteliers in Dominica to do all in their power to make Dominica the best tourism destination in the Caribbean.
Addressing the 40th Annual General Meeting of the Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association at the Fort Young Hotel on Monday night, Douglas said the tourism industry is the leading contributor to the Dominica economy today.
“Tourism contributed $243-million to the Dominican economy because in 1998, the banana industry only brought in $110-million. That is to show you the strength and the might and the growth potential of the tourism industry,” he explained.
Meantime Douglas said government has been working tirelessly to ensure all accommodations and properties are compliant with internationally recognized standards.
However he said there is still a ‘sore point” in the industry because only 27 percent of the hotel rooms on the island are certified. “I want to ask you to work with us because tourism is a competitive industry,” he said.