DASPA join the Ministry of Tourism and DDA in preparing for the 2010/2011 Cruise Season
While the Ministry of Tourism and Discover Dominica Authority have already finalized preparations to welcome over 400,000 visitors, to the island for the 2010/2011 cruise season, Chief Executive Officer of the Dominica Air and Sea Ports Authority, (DASPA) Benoit Bardouille says DASPA is now completing its groundwork.
Approximately 237 cruise ships are expected to call in Dominica during the 2010/2011 cruise ship season, which will bring approximately 451,141 visitors to the island.
Although this figure represents a decrease compared to the 2009/2010 season that brought approximately 546,487 cruise passengers to the island, Bardouille says the future for the tourism sector in Dominica remains positive.
He says DASPA is currently investing over six million EC dollars into the development of its main sea ports, with the hope of attracting bigger cruise ships to Dominica’s shores in the short and long term.
According to him, ongoing rehabilitation and extension works on the Woodbridge Bay and Roseau Cruise Ship Berth should be completed by March this year.
Cruise tourism is a major component of Dominica’s growing tourism sector.
Dominica currently has three sea ports where cruise ships are allowed to dock which are the Woodbridge Bay in Fondcole, the Roseau Cruise Ship Berth in Roseau, and the Cabrits Cruise Ship Berth in Portsmouth.