An account system to keep track of the revenue generated by tourism as it filters into different aspects of the economy, is on the cards for Dominica.
“In fact funds have been secured to develop a satellite account system, with which the Discover Dominica Authority and the Ministry of Tourism by extension, and the Government of Dominica, can track the revenue that is generated by tourism,” tourism minister, Ian Douglas, revealed at a Carnival prize giving ceremony on Wednesday evening.
Douglas noted that this same system could be applied to carnival in order to track the economic impact of all its activities on the economy.
He said that the system would give useful, instructive and timely financial information “on how the carnival dollars roll in and exactly where they filter into our society.”
“Data like this could go a long way towards developing a carnival industry,” Douglas argued. “We in the Ministry of Tourism would like to follow the tourism dollar, and to get a better picture on the impact of tourism on our economy and the spill off effects on the general populace.”
Douglas has suggested a ‘mini parade’ outside of the carnival season for visitors to the island.
“We have seen the participation of our visitors in the street jump up, as well as viewing of carnival bands when cruise ships are in ports,” he stated. “As the next cruise season approaches we expect even greater numbers on our shores; which will increase the number of people who will potentially get involved in the carnival activities and we need to think about some kind of mini carnival that we can put on so that we can showcase the carnival product outside of the carnival season to our visitors.”
Douglas also mentioned the need to sustain a mixture of unique art forms to reflect the true characteristics of carnival. This, he said, can be packaged as a tourism product while at the same time sustaining the vitality of rural carnival.
“So that is something that we need to look at and we need to brainstorm on and we need to execute efficiently for the benefit of the national carnival but at the same time being able to sustain the rural carnival,” he noted.
At the ceremony awards were given to the J’ouvert and Ole Mas, Children Carnival parade, Adult Carnival Band Parade as well as the Carnival Queen Show contestants for 2013.