Community Tourism at Forefront of National Consultation
A number of stakeholders converged at the Fort Young Hotel on Wednesday June 26th, where they participated in a national consultation on niche marketing in community tourism, organized by the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and Legal Affairs, Mrs. Claudia Bellot stated, Dominica’s Tourism Policy of 2010 and Revised Draft Tourism Policy of 2020, speaks very strongly to the role of community tourism in the tourism sector.
“As you know, Dominica’s Community Tourism received a major injection of capital investment, with support from the European Union, as far back as 2008, when resources were provided for training and the construction of tourism reception facilities in several communities.”
Mrs. Bellot added assistance has also been provided to the Geneva Tourism Enhancement Committee (GTEC), and for the construction of two Kalinago residential huts in the Kalinago Barana Aute, where visitors can overnight to experience the traditional way of life.
Ms. Diane Pikes of Jamaica, the founder of Countryside Community Tourism Network, and a full time tourism consultant and trainer, explained that the concept of community tourism is aimed at targeting both international and local markets.
Ms. Pikes says, we need to let the world know that the Caribbean is the home of community tourism. Therefore, she encouraged visitors to come home for tourism experiences including Baby Boomer Tourism, Rasta Tourism, Cuisine Tourism, and Roots Tourism.