Tonge reveals disappointing figures for 2015/2016 cruise season

Tonge said the season faced many challenges
Tonge said the season faced many challenges

Minister for Tourism, Robert Tonge has revealed disappointing preliminary figures for the just-ended 2015/2016 cruise ship season in Dominica.

Speaking at the launch of Tourism Awareness Month on Wednesday, he blamed “challenges” such as high winds which resulted in seven cancelled ship calls.

“For the cruise season 2015 to 2016, which is October to April, preliminary figures indicate we received 165 calls, with a total of 284,000 passengers,” he said. “We expected more but we must be aware as to what were some of the challenges; and one of the challenges was that whenever there’s high winds, it impacts on the ability for some of these boats to come to dock into our port. So, unfortunately, there were seven cancelled calls due to weather-related issues.”

Tonge divulged that for the 2016/2017 season, 319,175 passengers are expected to arrive from 169 calls.

However, he explained that “these increases will all be in vain if we do not ensure that all the initiatives that need to be put in place are implemented.”

Thus, Tonge announced a number of regulations which will be introduced for the next cruise ship season.

He stated that Dominica has high ratings of 8.7 for organized tours and maintain this standard, each bus is expected to have a tour guide.

“One of the mandatory things that we’re going to do for the following season is that every single bus being dispatched from the Bayfront must have a tour guide… Once these buses have tour guides and those guides are properly trained, the guest experience is very, very good,” Tonge said.

The importance of having multi-lingual tour guides was underscored.

Tonge explained that in order to avoid overcrowding at sites visited by tourists, only buses dispatched from the cruise terminal will be allowed to go to those sites at that time.

Additionally, he articulated that minimum tour rates will be introduced, “to ensure that our bus owners have fair return on their investment. A new dispatch system will be implemented that will allow more equitable distribution and the engagement of tour operators.”

All bus drivers and owners were asked to ensure that the necessary standards are met and the regulations are adhered to.

The Ministry is also seeking to establish a holding area for buses to encourage order, to facilitate inspection of vehicles and to reduce traffic congestion in the city.

There is more bad new in terms of stay-over arrivals.

Tongue revealed that preliminary statistics show an 8.6 percent decline in stay-overs for January to December 2015.

He noted that the passage of Tropical Storm Erika in August 2015 rendered airports closed and impacted arrivals and the hotel stock.

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84 Comments

  1. My View
    May 5, 2016

    This is a narrow minded-approach to solving the problem.
    Firstly, If we do so well in organized tours, why not upgrade more sites and have locals offer more tours. This will ensure that all bus drivers get business and more people are employed.

    Secondly it is obvious that the main problem is the lack of initiative by government. Tours are developed and operated by locals. What has the government done to improve the infrastructure such as the road network, town of Roseau, cruise terminal. These aspect of the tourism sector are in terrible condition.

    Thirdly, the sector has misfits from the CEO to the chairman of the DDA. Who is there to help the Minister? Frankly, I would jump ship before it gets worst.

  2. Dominica_Is_Ours
    May 5, 2016

    Fire tonge and hire Lindsy Grant… Look tourism losers http://www.stkittstourism.kn/

  3. May 5, 2016

    Not suprise at all :-D

  4. May 5, 2016

    319175 people will e on the cruiseship..that doesn’t mean that they will leave the ship and come on island.most of these people stay on the ship and look they don’t spend money.and the little who get off the boat barely buy anything. u come to an island to buy a souvenir and when you look underneath it says made in china.. the only local things we have here are those made by the kalinago people. we need more locally made souvenires. MORE LOCAL LESS CHINA!!! WE NEED BETTER INITIATIVES IN OUR TOURISM.TONGE NEEDS TO GO BACK TO FIRST DOMESTIC WHERE HE PLAYS WITH HIS GADGETS.

  5. Salt Sucker
    May 5, 2016

    Mr. Tongue sir, that\’s your report card as Minister of Tourism. My only advice to you is better you go back and focus on selling your pizza and roti.

  6. Vielle Neg
    May 5, 2016

    Allu it have plenty more to come trust me, Sad to say but Dominica have to get like Haiti under Skeritt and his toton macoute.

  7. Truth be Told
    May 5, 2016

    Well, it’s a joke now! :lol:

    • Truth be Told
      May 5, 2016

      You stand there looking like, “I dunno nor!”

  8. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    May 4, 2016

    “But Francisco you forgot the natural challenges of 2015. All you do is criticize … why don’t you bring your arrogant self here and become the next Tourism Minister with all your so called arrogant know it all knowledge”(??????????).

    Madam/ Miss/Mr. Question Mark, I would much prefer to deal with you if you had a name, nevertheless, if you question your own existence, I guess I may have to deal with you not knowing if you are human or beast!

    When you speak of natural challenges; be informed that every island in the Caribbean has economic, and other challenges, nevertheless, our neighbors finds means and ways to overcome their challenges. They invest their nations taxpayers money into ventures, which yells dividends, which can be used into other ventures. The challenges of 2015 as you noted has nothing to do with our backwardness, and failed economy.

    We have had greater storms than Erika in Dominica, so don’t use that as a crutch!

    In the event I am communicating with a…

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      May 4, 2016

      Continue:

      In the event I am communicating with a ghost; I invite you to do a profile of all the islands in the Caribbean, you will find they are all moving ahead, progressing economically: When you review Dominica, all you will find is exactly your sentiments, “we have challenges!”

      When will this ever end! What effort is the government making to eliminate these invisible challenges; they use every incident to deviate the peoples focus on their incompetence; it is one thing to tell people I can do this and that to secure votes; however, when one gets elected the real challenges begins; the lies told during campaigning returns like a boomerang in ones face, that’s what is haunting Skerrit today.

      It is now 7:48 PM in Los Angeles, St. Lucia is being advertise on prime time Television, as a tourist destination; earlier today at 11:00 AM Antigua was advertised. Dominicans like Tongue only talk: Skerrit is talk and only talk! At this time of the evening people are at home…

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        May 5, 2016

        Finally:

        As for me becoming a minister of anything in Dominica, that is not in my plan, that is not my ambition, although in the UWP days I suggest to Carbon, I would like to be an Ambassador for Dominica, in California, and Las Vegas. I am sure I could get some business including a gambling casino going to Dominica back then.

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      May 5, 2016

      Continuation:

      At this time of the evening people are at home having dinner, or in some restaurant seeing St. Lucia advertising, who knows how many people have already call booking for their vacation in the summer in St. Lucia, or Antigua, that’s how it works.

      Skerrit said he is going to develop Roseau and Dominica where the rest of the Caribbean will use Dominica as model to develop their island. Nevertheless, as common as street signal lights are they are lacking in Dominica. People are still in the primitive days of using Stop and “Halt Signs, these are simple things which could make a difference, making Dominica appear to be a modern place.

      The truth is Dominica is bankrupt, and we cannot pretend otherwise, no government, nor legible lending institution is going to lend Skerrit any money after seen his blonder at Melville Hall, as long as Skerrit and the Labor Party is in control of Dominica, what you see now is all you will get. As for me becoming a minister of…

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        May 5, 2016

        The one that said finally should be the conclusion oui!

        Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah!

        But anyway maybe idiotic dumb people like me doh know how to post oui!

  9. Yagga Yow!!!
    May 4, 2016

    Robby,why did you go into politics my brother? You was doing good where you was dealing with daddy’s companies. You can’t make a difference if you’re not getting the finance and support. Look around brother the people are starting to resent you and your a cool guy and I think you have good intentions overall. If you stay then take your blows brother cause Dominicans fed up of things regressing. Dominicans traveling and are online now,gone are the days that only one set of Dominicans living the life.I’m saying all of this because some of the things you and your government say publicly really seems to be speeches for ignorance inexperienced people who doesn’t know any better. It’s disrespectful sometimes when I read the type of things you guys say to the public.Are we idiots? You can just say any BS story and that’s it you done. Come on,it’s time for change my brother. If you can’t do better in the position your in then move on let the next man try.

  10. Labourkamaltwavay
    May 4, 2016

    Robbie. Only the Saturday before carnival we had such high winds to prevent the ship from docking. I guess if we are experience such frequent high winds,; we should just take the opportunity to turn to wind energy. What about that. You need to start doing dress rehearsal before talking such foolishness.

  11. May 4, 2016

    Wind na stop passport dealing at all. Our biggest export is in passport. Everything is back k to front and the entire government adminis- traitors are only focused on selling passports

  12. JoJo
    May 4, 2016

    Robert, one word of advice from someone who knows Roosevelt Skerrit well. You don’t need that position. Give it up before it ruins your reputation. Find an excuse but
    give it up. It is not all your fault things are not working out. Some will sneer and laugh when you resign but most of us know you have a hopeless job.

  13. tweety
    May 4, 2016

    :cry: :cry: :cry:

  14. May 4, 2016

    there was a cancellation of a carnival cruise ship it never came to dominica and there was know wind what you a saying that the wind was always strong only for this ship that,s why there was cancellation speck the truth the world is listening

    • Me
      May 4, 2016

      Not one Carnival ship coming to Dominica next season but plenty going to St. Kitts. What have we done wrong?

    • d-a born
      May 5, 2016

      that name…hahahaha

  15. Dan is de man in de van
    May 4, 2016

    Once again putting the Cart before the horse.was Robbie trained in the hospitality management field. Does Robbie have any experience in the tourism industry.. Well if he is educated in the above mentioned fields why is Dominica’s Tourism is in such a poor miserable state…. Robbie do the decent thing and resign u have absolutely no idea what you are doing, from your position you are even embarrassed to be there. Dominica is a laughing stock….. ., just get out. U have failed Tourism, you have failed the bus and taxi drivers,u have failed the hoteliers. You have failed the artisans just go….. In 2016, bus drivers still, have to walk after tourists to get paid. Where are the printed tickets for the busses… U are traveling am sure you are seeing massive difference in tourism in small Islands compare to dominica .. You are a and a poor excuse for a tourism minister…

  16. josh shaw
    May 4, 2016

    Tongue garcon your government has not failed! This dlp govt. has successfuly made those that support u all into beggars. U all killed agriculture and killed tourism. Then here comes nep the beggar man job. All of these dlp MPs and candidates are just wicked. They trying to bring back aristocracy in Dca. The richest dlp in d Caribbean on a very struggling economy. Time for all u to go!

  17. Dominican
    May 4, 2016

    Mr. Tonge, don’t other islands have high winds? I think it is flatulence we are suffering from. I also dispute your figure of 169 calls for next season. The sun reported 133 arrivals for Roseau during next season. I know there are a few small boats calling at Portsmouth but please, don’t cheat by counting them double when they also come to Roseau on the same day. I tell you what, publish the complete schedule with the names of the boats and the dates on which they are supposed to arrive, so we can check for ourselves.

  18. dissident
    May 4, 2016

    Our government interested in selling citizenship!!
    what inroads have been made in tourism of late?
    whereas passport/citizenship selling agents increase steadily every year!!!!
    high winds caused 7 cancelled calls!
    we received 165 calls my brother!!!!
    we expecting 169 for de 2016/2017 season boss.
    go figure eh!

  19. Anonymous
    May 4, 2016

    Free advice “build a Tourist Village with Sheltered Cruise Docking”

    • May 5, 2016

      Now that would be a GREAT IDEA.with more locally made souvenirs for people to buy not MADE IN CHINA. FIX IT TONGE!!!!!!

    • concerned
      May 5, 2016

      Well said . i have been of this view for a long time and to tell you the truth , we are sitting on this an not doing anything . We are dropping the people on bay front an woodbridge bay . Does this look good when in other countries the tourist first come into a tourist village . You would employ locals to work there and there would be a better enforcement of security . We sit back in dominica and wonder why we not attracting tourist. Look at how many yachts in portsmouth . Why dont we have a marine ? . We have no forward movement . We do not even have a mall or cinema . geeze

  20. Scoop
    May 4, 2016

    If Dominica does not have experienced, trained and qualified tourism and destination marketing professionals managing budgets and planning and implementing a coherent strategy, then what do you expect ? An insurance salesman and a software programmer are in charge of Dominica’s tourism sector. If you don’t take it more seriously than this then you may as well forget it.

    • Pleaseeeee
      May 5, 2016

      hahahaha cant help laugh lol lol , so true

  21. ??????.....
    May 4, 2016

    Let us pray that we will do better this year coming. It could have been worse people but for God who spared us. We have forgotten in our selfish desires that the World is experiencing a turn down. How many of you listen to the news aND hear what is happening elswhere. We did a fantastic job of recovery after Ericka. Thank you Father for the resilient spirit of many of our positive people. We pray for the negative complainers to know that hard work is not done through the tongue. The tongue is for praying without ceasing not for cursing … it is a small powerful member which should be used wisely to bless our nation, our people and for encouraging those who daily need encouraging and kind words.

    • The Prophet
      May 4, 2016

      Father, please help those who live in cloud cuckoo land and lay their eggs in someone else’s nest without concern. Those who wear blinkers and call failure a success and preach unity to sow dissent, disharmony and discord. Oh Lord, have mercy on false prophets who see criticism as non-constructive and see no wrong in filling their pockets with the fruits of others’ labors. Deliver us from evil. Amen

  22. May 4, 2016

    I was born in Dominica ,raised up in Dominica ,not it is Bordom City ,that country was more in advance when i was a child ,there is nothing to offer except sun,river,sea ,bush ,expensive food in the shops,crime such as rape and murder and police harassment… so what else do you expect?

  23. ??????.....
    May 4, 2016

    Time to come in the heat of things and do some ting for Dominica not being overseas and just complaining. Come we will assign you to be advisors to the current Ministers and put your money where your mouth is. Come come and I am yet to see any suggestions from you only maquakwee and negative words. What are you teaching the young ones… strifes… impatience… violence… time to put water in your wines. You are not teaching anything with your negative comments. Be example to the young ones. They look up to us the midlers and Elders. Patience, Love one another including those we do not like it agree with. Love you guys and dolls. More power, more positive vibes. More solution sugestions. More thankfulness to the King of kings. More goal setting. More leadership and role model. Love you guys and dolls.

  24. ??????.....
    May 4, 2016

    My comments is not for Francisco alone but also for others like Florida Diaspora & all the others who only criticise &who play know it all; who thinks that only what they can do is criticise a Government for everything including natural disasters. You need to know the the earth & the fulness belongs to the Lord. Hating, having a knowledge of God but denying the power of the Most High. When will you guys& dolls be grateful for even waking this morning & give Jehovah his dues of thanks for even the breath of life loaned to you to do something positive before your time ends here. You people apparently do not sleep but scheming, hating , not encouraging, thankful. When your time is over & before the judgement seat… will you say “That is Labour… PM Skerrit … and the rest who prevented you from doing what you were ordained to do? Come on give the politics a break .. it is not canvassing time now. Stop and take a look at your spiritual life & be an encourager, not crazy video…

    • FED UP
      May 5, 2016

      Hello Robbie

  25. May 4, 2016

    Really Tongue. What else are these liars going to blame. One thing g we have not heard from this crooked administration is that they ran out of passports or that the passport machine bto me down.

  26. My PM know how to get all his appostles to adopt the doctrine of smoke and mirror. Mr Tongue good job of perpetuating more of the same policy of My PM – never tell the public the truth because the public is not interested in truthm

  27. Big Fish
    May 4, 2016

    It’s not the fault of Honorable Lennox Linton??? I’m shocked!

  28. May 4, 2016

    Tourism was disappointing, agriculture was even more disappointing, in fact every single ministry was and has been disappointing. My question is, why is this failed admiration still in office? I mean for the last ten or so years they have been failing big time and Dominica continues to go under, what are we waiting on to get them out if they do not want to resign on their own? Do we expect things to get better? All of them need to resign

    • Dominican
      May 4, 2016

      If we are performing so badly why the hell is Skerrit still Dominica’s manager. You mean we don’t have anyone that can do a better job? Don’t make me laugh.

  29. d-a born
    May 4, 2016

    It’s as if every year, all we hear is “disappointing news is this, bad news in this…”

    I’ve said time and time again that Dominica’s gov’t isn’t proactive or reactive. They just do the minimum then make excuses and lay blame when things don’t turn out well. There was a report card that came out last year and instead of them using the data to make improvements or put some measures in place, they just make a sad news report about it. Then every other day is mention of some “seminar” or “conference”. Time to hold these so called leaders accountable for mismanaging our country!

  30. John
    May 4, 2016

    Whenever I read the news from Dominica it’s always negative nothing positive to give us hope, I feel Dominica is really going down hill. We need to get down on our knees and pray for our country, I’m calling on the true prayer warriors of Dominica to seek the Lord and cry out to Him to save our country from this spiral situation that our country is in now.

  31. Dominican passports
    May 4, 2016

    The World bank didn’t say Dominica was going and be one of the top performers in the Caribbean for 2016? It have to get worse trust me :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

  32. FED UP
    May 4, 2016

    This guy is an embarrassment to Dominica and its tourism industry. SMH

  33. Disappointed and Outraged Visitor
    May 4, 2016

    The idea of having a tour guide on every bus and not letting any other bus arrive at a sight seeing spot is ludicrous. There must be a lobby of these tour guides. I am a foreigner on a cruise ship and wonder why would I need a tour guide to see Trafalgar Falls? Do the Dominicans think that all cruise ship passengers are millionaires and spend hundreds of dollars a day per person on such overpriced excursions? Majority of cruise travelers are ordinary working folks and robbing them like this will further turn them off this island. What does Dominica offer? Overpriced food, small scale natural attractions, garbage everywhere thrown by idiotic littering locals, a capital that looks like a slum in any other place. The countries that have flourishing tourist industry, e.g., Thailand have low prices and rich history and culture and spectacular places. They don’t need such “Let us make the whole country into an overpriced theme park” schemes.

    • Labourkamaltwavay
      May 4, 2016

      Your choice of adjective clearly shows you to be a superficial high rider. Have you seen the natural beauty of my island lady? I guess you were too lost looking for high rise buildings and a Macy’s shopping centre. Sad that you are so lost.

  34. Concern citizen
    May 4, 2016

    Dominicans will not be ashamed because the majority of persons in D/ca has no ambition,
    haven’t U all see the state of D/ca how dilapidated the country is, watch the side of the road and see how much grass that is taking over the roads, watch the capital Roseau and see it’s state there are some Hugh drains on the side of the road, the other day I saw a tourist fell down and bruise her KNEES on Eliot avenue on potters ville road how sad,
    No side walk at potters vill after living the deep water harbour it is kayos to see the tourist struggling to cross the road not knowing where to pass and Dominicans love to see the country like that
    MAY LABOUR KA TWA- VAYE

  35. May 4, 2016

    What winds the ships are made for high winds, on the middle of the ocean. So that’s not tru fella. I think is the service n the unqualified people they dealing with. The complaints from other passages. We’ll fix the problem allu knows what it is already. All bus drivers n vendors are looking to make a quick money well look it …

    • Titiwi
      May 5, 2016

      Pat, I think the truth is that captains are not impressed with our docking facilities, especially the one in Roseau at the boulevard. This has always been an open roadstead and parking a large ship in a place like that , parallel to the quayside is not the preferred thing to do. Even the facilities at Woodbridge bay are not ideal and it is easy to understand why captains prefer other ports that are less challenging.

  36. Lost n found
    May 4, 2016

    I’m not even reading the article… EH? See his face alone and i vex.

  37. Fun&Frolic
    May 4, 2016

    These comedians never fail to disappoint with their jokes. Keep ’em coming, Jokers, ’cause laughter is the medicine that Dominicans voted for.

  38. Mouse
    May 4, 2016

    This is a big joke. Was Mr. Tongue in Dominica during the season.? Just asking

  39. Faceup
    May 4, 2016

    For so so so long I see you people living in LOSSERVILLE, when are you guys deciding to be winners? sets of local and international beggars …. 8-O

  40. cameron
    May 4, 2016

    Tonge your a failure,Skerrit will have you cleaning the bayfront very soon.

    • Mary
      May 4, 2016

      Excuse me? Robby will not be cleaning any bayfront. Skerrite is not Robby’s uncle or relative, so please!! All he has to do is resign and go back to his business. Frankly speaking, I have no idea why Robby is still hanging around this bunch of juveniles.
      These people need to concentrate on stay over visitors, these cruises do not contribute significantly to Dominica’s economic development.

    • John Paul
      May 4, 2016

      How can You not fail if there is no budget?
      Skeritt will fire Him and blame Him then put some other sucker in there to ride on

  41. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    May 4, 2016

    You are a waste of time, with people like you there is no hope for Dominica!

    You went to Antigua and sat there in a meeting looking bewildered, I hope you had time to take a trip around the island of Antigua to see how far more developed Antigua is than your primitive nature island Dominica.

    Were you impressed with V. C. Bird International (Intercontinental ) Airport with its modern passenger terminal, which compares to what you see at Kennedy International in New York, Dallas Texas, or Heathrow in London?

    Are you not ashamed of how backward a place is Dominica. Your ancestors came to Dominica between the 1920’s and 1940’s when Dominica was part of the Leeward islands, Edgar Tongue came as police officer, his brother came to look for work.

    Now more than twenty-five thousand Dominicans are in Antigua getting kicked around worst than if they remained at home! What can you do to Dominica as progressive as Antigua/

    Are you not ashamed?

    • Dominican passports
      May 4, 2016

      Dominica was more advance in the 1920’s and 1940’s than it is now… Back then was when all bridge and ole mill was being constructed

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        May 5, 2016

        No doubt about, you are correct, because people from all over the Caribbean once came to Dominica to work on plantations.

        We exported lots spices, citrus, Bay Oil, clay products such as Goblets for holding drinking water., and a host of other things: I have seen photographs of several cargo ships at one time in the port of Roseau off loading, and collecting cargo which were taken to America, and Europe.

        Even Dominica Handcraft products like straw mats were exported to all of the government house, housing governors through the Caribbean, including Bermuda, to England also, the place I saw such products was in the governors residence in Antigua, when Jacob was governor of Antigua, and I went there on a mission while I was employed by the West Indies Oil Company.

        Our country has gone from number ten in the reverse to zero. I mean the Antiguan’s came, and created villages, around Portsmouth and all that, these days our people go to Antigua where they are treated like…

    • ??????.....
      May 4, 2016

      But Francisco you forgot the natural challenges of 2015. All you do is criticize … why don’t you bring your arrogant self here and become the next Tourism Minister with all your so called arrogant know it all knowledge. Put your mouth where your money is. All I know you do is insult, show off, hating …time to repent Francisco and show some love and appreciation to the folks who stayed home and under all circumstances do the best for Dominica. Show some love. When last were you here? What have you done for Wesley or any other community or persons less fortunate than yourself? Political fever have blinded you & your friends & have stripped you of love, compasssion, etc and all you do is criticize, criticise, your analysis power is all gone and relying on your own knowledge have stripped you of all commonsense. Humble yourself , put yourself in others shoes, & stop the hatred fever… calm down Francisco & give God thanks for the intelligence and use it for his glory &…

    • Mary
      May 4, 2016

      Wow, Mr Francisco. Watch it !!!
      I agree with you on the inability of Robby or the Skerrite administration to improve on the tourism industry and Robby needs to step it up. But please, do not get personal with his ancestors. For your information his Dominican grand father was one of the founding members of the real labor party of Leblanc (not the skerrite party). So be careful with the personal attacks. Be objective please!!!

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        May 4, 2016

        Yes, but find out if his grandfather, or his grandfather,father was not born in the Village of Old Road, just below Fig-Tree Hill.

        I am not getting personal with him, I simply know his family history very well. I research these things, considering the Antiguan’s, people from St. Kitts, Anguillia and Montserrat are the ones who caused the people of Marigot and Wesley to have a different accent to the rest of Dominicans.

        Anything I say about him at this time is political, and I am going to expose his weakness, and incompetence whenever I catch him talking nonsense!

        Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahah!

        Man talking about high wind and ship, when I travel in the North Sea in the Bay of Biscayne on eighteen story high tourist shop wind blowing people in Disco dancing, drinking and getting inebriated, don’t even know the wind is blowing.

    • budman
      May 5, 2016

      actually his father is also from Antigua

      • Mary
        May 5, 2016

        So what if his father is from Antigua. His father has been here for ages contributing to the economic development of Dominica, that doesn’t count? But his mother is Dominican,and so is his mother’s father who is from the Roseau/West Coast!! Please leave Robby’s relatives out of this, ok!!! Robby is a big man and he makes his own decisions.

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        May 5, 2016

        So you see what I mean?

        Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah!

        So, that man der is half Antigoian nuh!

        Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahha: that is why him perhaps doh care, when dem done mash up Dominica, him will run to Old Road and live. I have a piece of land at Fig Tree Hill I can sell him to so that he can plant his fig too oui!

  42. AAGabriel
    May 4, 2016

    Tonge revealed disappointing figures for 2015/2016 cruise ship season and in good old DLP regime fashion he blames it on ‘challenges’, one of which he actually elaborated on… high winds! What about the other destinations? They don’t suffer from high winds. Truth is, it is just another cheap excuse from a totally incompetent government. The true reason is a very simple one and can be looked up easily: extremely bad figures in overal customer satisfaction for destination Dominica. One other thing, the expected figures for 2016/2017 are very much exaggerated and won’t be anywhere near the figures he stated. As per usual, lies, lies and more lies. Sir, you are totally clueless as Tourism Minister as much as the other Ministers are in their respective portfolios. Dominica is on an unstoppable downward spiral thanks to the Skerrit regime.

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      May 4, 2016

      “one of which he actually elaborated on… high winds! What about the other destinations? They don’t suffer from high winds.”

      Gabriel, people like that guy are …and lie, they speak any sort of nonsense that comes to their mind believing that because they are ” minister of dog doodle” any pile of feces they disgorged, Dominicans will believe them because our people are dumb, and ignorant!

      The…….has forgotten wherever these large ships originate, the wind blows there also, and most of the time in grater magnitude to what we experience in Dominica. Hurricane blows in Miami where lots of those ships a based. What happens when tourist ships are traveling in the North Sea; in the bay of Biscayne where winds are over a hundred miles per, and waves taller than sixty feet high?

      He does not know what the hell he is talking about, lies and incompetence cannot develop a country!

  43. May 4, 2016

    Oh Erica, I feel for you, why you do that too us Erica? Oh its a good season, oh no its a disappointed Season, oh Yea, #### i`ll sell you all the E.C. Loblack Bridge. Smh, I got a headache. Do they Google their prior speech/ press confrences? Apparently not, cause so many contracdictions, so much of the same ####. Lord we sulely deserves better, keeping it real. The country nice boy.

  44. FORKIT
    May 4, 2016

    you should be called DISAPPOINTING ROBBY, what ever made you thin you can change that failing economy. roseau is a cackahole

    • Faceup
      May 4, 2016

      And also Roseau gutters smell so so very bad. UUUH 8-O

    • Dominican passports
      May 4, 2016

      If Roseau is a cackahole the rest of Dominica must be a… Boy lemme watch my tongue b4 Dno ban me

      • Dante Jones
        May 5, 2016

        Roseau is arguably the worst part of the country :lol: :lol:

    • ??????.....
      May 4, 2016

      When he was cleaning and flushing why did you tell the people to stop litter. Do not k ow what to do for some love or appreciation. Whatever you are going to be negative. Too bad but true. You alone can stop yourself from complaining and being negative.

    • Dan is de man in de van
      May 4, 2016

      Cackahole..there I die papa bondieu .but then again this minister have plenty guts… Useless useless no shame, why do we allow these people to govern us… We are going nowhere…….

  45. King Skerrit
    May 4, 2016

    8-O 8-O 8-O oh so now is de wind dat do that :lol: :lol: :lol: zor par lass mantie

  46. socaman
    May 4, 2016

    However, he explained that “these increases will all be in vain if we do not ensure that all the initiatives that need to be put in place are implemented.

    Does this mean that all the damaged infrastructure will be repaired in time for the next cruise season and the roads to the tourist sites are repaired and in good order so that visitors are not getting bruised and battered in the buses.
    Unfortunately weather does play a part and we have no control over it but everything else is down to everybody involved in tourism.

    • dee
      May 4, 2016

      As more and more Operators get to know we have a” STATE HOUSE” they will surly increase the number of ship visits they allocate us . 8-O

  47. REAL!!!!
    May 4, 2016

    Mr. Tonge when will you spell out what monies if any were allocated to different sectors of our tourist product locally to create a more attractive sector.

    Then provide what is the expected ROI and in support a high level financial statement on how this returns will be attained. Partner you have to spend money to make money and do so in a responsible way.

    This primary school recommendations uttered by you for this industry is not going to work my friend.

    Your plans for a success story for the tourist product in Dominica has to be elevated.

  48. Shaka Zulu
    May 4, 2016

    Oh how i love when this government put out numbers! !! From above it seems that for 165 stops with a total of 284,000 passangers there is an average of 1721 passangers per stop. However with only 4 additional stops for coming season we are projecting 319, 175 passengers which would be about 1888 passangers per stop. The difference btw the number of stops =4 increase in passangers 35,175. This means an average of 8784 passangers for 4 additional stops. Well the best part is high winds caused the cancellation ships. I aint too good at maths but something tells me Erica has a scapegoat cousin. A scapesheep perhaps. Mr. Toungue i have a solution build 10 more state of the art hotels. That will keep them coming deng brainless people.

  49. Floridian Diaspora
    May 4, 2016

    These waste of time power hungry RED politicians have no shame. 284000 this season compared to the expected 319175 next season is just a marginal increase. Is this anything to be proud about? The fact is you cannot do your job. Do the honorable thing and resign. All existing members of this RED cabal has simply lost it. Their hands are tied, don’t know what to do next, and their hungry RED population that voted them in are crying out to be breastfed but the cow has run dry due to poor planning and malnutrition. All industries in the labor kingdom are on life-support awaiting their death dates. Then they make it sound like with a few small improvements things can get back up and running at a desired standard when in fact nothing in this country can be described as third world. We have moved on from this. Fifth world better suits us as we are nothing more than a floating unproductive lost rock in the ocean. Every time I think of Labor I think of sewage. They’re simply disgusting

    • ??????.....
      May 4, 2016

      We await you to be advisor to the Tourism Minister. When are you coming?

  50. Vanya
    May 4, 2016

    haha, here we go again….whilst the other islands in our region are upping their stake in terms of good numbers the rather twisted citizens in dominica are embracing rubbish..

    Dominica will never be a leading island, simply their institutions are completely weak, many aren’t into National Pride. Once you try to discuss and engage broaden the thinking along with results together you will be challenged…

    Dominica has a cultural indifference from all of the other caribbean islands..
    maybe too many mountains bring a element of fear and darkness?

    But Minister Tongue needs to be fired instantly he lacks the ability to create even hope factors his language can’t convince any serious stake holder from overseas to even locals…

    Again Dominicans embrace mediocrity so it’s not part of their DNA to soar highly…
    Won’t ever happen period they will always be on the boarder line there and thereabout!

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