Marigot and environs get training in community tourism

Training in progress

Thirty persons from Marigot and the neighboring villages of Wesley, Woodfordhill and Calibishie have recieved training in principles, techniques and practices of community tourism.

At the workshop, which was held last week, participants gained in-depth knowledge and understanding of community tourism and the requirements for success in such a venture.

They were also advised to develop business plans in order to obtain funding for their business ideas.

The workshop was hosted by the Marigot Community Tourism Committee (MCTC).

The consultant/trainer was Diana McIntyre Pike, the pioneer of community tourism in Jamaica, whose visit was made possible through the collaborative effort of the Ministry of Tourism and Legal Affairs, the GEF Small Grants Programme, MCTC and the National Community Tourism Association (NCTA).

The workshop was one component of a US$50,000, Sand Bay Development Project, funded by the GEF Small Grants Project .  The other project components are: the construction of an all-weather access trail to the beach; construction of a gazebo and washroom facilities; signage; training of locals in water sports activities; and advocating for Sand Bay to be declared a marine reserve.

Sand Bay is a beautiful white sand beach in the village of Marigot,  which is relatively inaccessible due to highland on its fringes.  The aim of the project is to develop the beach in a sustainable manner in order to attract more visitors to swim, snorkel and dive in its clear, clean waters and safe environment.

This is expected to increase economic activity and provide business opportunities for the community.

This project is one of several community tourism projects being embarked on by the MCTC to develop the tourism potential of Marigot.

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6 Comments

  1. Neutral
    November 22, 2012

    Please do something with that burnout building in Ghost Town. It is like an albatross hanging around “Marigot’s neck. The community will not move forward until that issue is resolved.

  2. Sunshinegual
    November 20, 2012

    Another positive move by the great minds of the community. Forwad thinking thats what we call that type of activity. Keep up the good work. Hats ott to the members of the Marigot Tourism Committee. Keep the candle burning. Will definitely enjoy Sandbay when ever I visit.

  3. Jah guide
    November 20, 2012

    Well done. I really like that kind of pro activity.
    Congrats keep it up

  4. November 20, 2012

    Hats off to the group ” MTCT ” M’got needed something that could bring some form of developement to the village too long the people of that village have been passed over because of their strong convictions it’s as if they are not part of Dominica that we all love so well. I know the project will bring jobs and a sense of pride too, the people of M’got are hard working people they just want to be given a chance and stop making everything political. I look forward whenever I’m home to visit Sand Bay I hope the project would be on it’s way then..

  5. YAP
    November 20, 2012

    Lovely…. Its a great demonstration of interest in our community .. long overdue. Thank Yoy

  6. OK
    November 20, 2012

    WoW!

    Great! Community Tourism is the way forward for Dominica.

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